the signature drink

I just love a signature drink!

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The thought, presentation and recommendation of a signature drink is the perfect extra touch to your bar.

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Today, I am sharing some favorite winter wedding (or party) signature drink recipes!

The Caramel Apple Martini: 

1 oz. Baileys Irish cream
1/2 oz. apple schnapps
1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
2 oz. half-and-half or whole milk
coarse sugar
ground cinnamon

1. Rim glass with coarse sugar mixed with cinnamon. 2. For each cocktail, pour all ingredients into a drink shaker. 3. Fill shaker with ice then shake and strain cocktail into a chilled glass, with or without ice.

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail:

1 oz. chilled pomegranate juice or chilled cranberry juice (2 tablespoons)

3 oz. chilled champagne (6 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds (optional)

For each serving, pour the pomegranate juice into a champagne flute. Slowly add champagne.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds (optional). Serve immediately.

Cranberry Margarita:

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

3/4 cup tequila

1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
ice cubes

Stir all ingredients together until blended.

Serve over ice in sugar- or salt-rimmed glasses, garnished with fresh cranberries and lime wedges if desired.

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria:

3 cinnamon sticks

2 honeycrisp apples, chopped

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (I suggest a light-bodied Spanish variety)

1 and 3/4 cups apple cider

1/2 cup brandy

1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)

juice from 1 lemon

club soda, to taste

Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6 – 24 hours.

Taste; if you’d like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, honey, or agave. If you’d like a cinnamon-sugar rim, simply moisten the rim of your glasses with water, turn the glass upside down and dip it into a mix of cinnamon and sugar.

Pour in the sangria with fruit and add a splash of club soda.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Toasted Almond Cocktail:

1 oz vodka (or vanilla vodka)
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz amaretto
half & half
honey & gold sanding sugar – optional for garnish

1. Dip cocktail glass rim in honey then in gold sanding sugar. Set aside.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice; combine vodka, coffee liqueur, and amaretto. Shake until well chilled and pour into prepared glass.
3. Top with a splash of half & half.
4. Sip & enjoy.

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Happy Planning!

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