Cocktail hours are always fun at weddings – a time to meet other guests, time to discuss the lovely wedding ceremony that just took place … and a time when your guests can relax and enjoy a few cocktails.
Many brides and grooms decide not to serve alcoholic beverages during the cocktail hour either by personal choice, because of their wedding budget, or due to venue policies. The Solution? Serve Mocktails during your cocktail hour! This way your guests will still be able to enjoy a few tasty beverages between the ceremony and reception.
Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages that are made to look like a cocktail without the expensive price tag. Mocktails can be easily incorporated into any wedding by naming your drinks with wedding inspired names. For example … The Hansdome Husband Cocktail, The Blushing Bride Cocktail and Here comes the Honeymoon Cocktail. You can get creative with drink names and make them very personal by adding the names of the happy couple, wedding party or family members. It would be great to surprise special guests with a drink named after them.
Pour 20ml of Belvoir elderflower cordial
50ml pink grapefruit juice
50ml cloudy lemonade over ice
Stir and serve with three freshly squeezed lime wedges
1 tsp. raspberry syrup (available in coffee and gourmet stores) or grenadine
6 ounces sparkling cider, chilled
Garnish: fresh raspberries
The Sophisticated Lady
6 1/2-inch slices of peeled cucumber
Salt (just a dash)
6 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Juice squeezed from half a lime
Garnish: salt and sugar, cucumber slice