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.
"Anyone who has been a bride should know: weddings are all about the details—this also holds true for cocktails. A stunning garnish goes along way with impressing your guests, especially one that mimics a small bouquet of flowers. This cocktail is seasonal and emphasizes the bounty of summer with homemade honeysuckle simple syrup. To make your life easy, the Summer Bouquet can also be prepared ahead of time in large quantities until you are ready to serve—all you need to do is add ice to a large beverage container and let your guests serve and enjoy!" —Natalie
- 1½ oz. White Port
- 1 oz. Green Chartreuse
- ¾ oz. honeysuckle simple syrup
(If batching, multiply all ingredients equally and store in the fridge without ice.)
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir gently for 30 seconds to chill and slightly dilute. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with your mini bouquet (made from a lime rind wrapped around leafy greens and a fresh flower) and enjoy!
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 alcohol. She creates and photographs original cocktail recipes from the perspective of a home bartender. Follow Beautiful Booze on Instagram and Facebook at @beautifulbooze.