Introducing Brides' newest foodie-celebrating series, in which we bring beautiful, handcrafted, Instagram-approved signature cocktails to you four times a week! Each month, we'll shine a spotlight on two master mixologists and their one-of-a-kind libations, with recipes and tips on how you can incorporate these signature beverages into your wedding menu, engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or just an extra-sweet night at home in the kitchen together. For the first half of July, Natalie Migliarini, the master mixer behind Seattle-based home bartending website Beautiful Booze, sets the bar high with eight boozy beauties to keep you and your guests sipping and swinging all evening long. Stay tuned to hear from more of your favorite bartenders across the country (and beyond!)—because as we all know, the drinks really do make the wedding.
"The Bramble is one of the most visually dynamic and delicious classic cocktails to ever be created. The dragon fruit is such an unusual, contrasting ingredient—once you peel back the beautiful flamboyant skin, you see that within is a delicious white flesh with black speckles. It's a great ingredient for this cocktail, because for all of its beauty, it's flavor is subtle and doesn't overpower the rest of the ingredients. The addition of lemon juice and gin give the drink a soft floral undertone with a sharp citrus finish; the blackberry simple syrup over the top brings everything together with balance." —Natalie
- 1.5 oz. gin
- ½ oz. pureed dragon fruit
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. blackberry simple syrup
Puree half of a dragon fruit ahead of time and crush ice before mixing the liquid ingredients. Combine gin, dragon fruit, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard to combine and chill ingredients. Pour over crushed ice in a rocks glass and float blackberry simple syrup over top. Garnish with fresh dragon fruit.
Have you ever observed at a party how people are drawn directly to the bar? Forget the copious quantities of appetizers—where is the booze? That is where Beautiful Booze comes in to produce fun and creative cocktails for any occasion. Founder Natalie Migliarini is a home bartender, cocktail stylist, photographer, freelance writer, and recipe developer with an aptitude for discovering new and creative ways to use booze. She creates and photographs original cocktail recipes from the perspective of a home bartender. Follow Beautiful Booze on Instagram and Facebook at @beautifulbooze.