10 Wedding Cocktails for Summer Weddings by LIQS

by BridalPulse

The days are getting warmer and you know what that means – wedding season is upon us! If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, there are a few things to take in to consideration for your guests so that they stay refreshed. When it comes to choosing a wedding cocktail menu or signature beverages it is very important to consider what time of day you are having your wedding reception. Guests are least likely to drink strong drinks during the day and are more likely looking for something refreshing. Here are 10 delicious wedding cocktail options that are perfect for your wedding day!

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Champagne Wedding Cocktails

Common cocktails that are served in the morning tend to center around champagne, such as the classic mimosas and bellinis. But you don’t have to stop there! There are several ways to mix champagne cocktails into your reception menu to ensure that your guests have a great time!

Raspberry Champagne Punch

Combine 1 can of raspberry lemonade concentrate, 1 bottle of chilled champagne, 3 cups of ginger ale, ½ cup of vodka, and a pint of fresh raspberries. Pour into glasses garnished with a lime or lemon wedge. This cocktail is not only great for your wedding, but for your bridal shower as well!

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Image and Recipe from Eat. Drink. Love.

Ginger Grapefruit Sparkler

Pour 1 ounce of fresh grapefruit juice and ½ ounce of ginger liqueur into a champagne flute and top with 3-4 ounces of champagne.

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Image and Recipe from Garnish With Lemon

Vodka Cocktails

What if I don’t want champagne, you ask? Of course, there are always other cocktail recipes!

Bloody Mary

1-ounce vodka, 3-ounce tomato juice, 2 red hot sauce, 2 green hot sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, 0.5-ounces of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper and a stalk of celery. If you like to decorate the rim of your glass with salt and pepper mix then this is definitely the perfect drink for that. For some more added fun, create a Bloody Mary bar so your guests can make their own!

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Image by Cadey Reisner Weddings

Vodka Pineapple Cocktail

In a wide-mouthed pitcher, muddle 4 sprigs mint and quartered limes with ½ cup of sugar. Add 2 cups of fresh pineapple juice and 1 ¼ cups of vodka and top with about 3 cups of seltzer. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a few extra mint leaves.

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Image and Recipe from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Raspberry Cosmopolitan

Mix 2 parts vodka, 2 parts cranberry raspberry juice, 1 part Cointreau, and 1 part lime juice. Pour in a glass with fresh raspberries.

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Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail

Add 2 tbsp. of dry cranberries, ½-cup of organic pear nectar, 32-ounce of Moscato wine and 8 small sprigs of fresh rosemary.

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Image and Recipe by Martha Stewart

Peach Rose Sangria

In a pitcher, combine 1 bottle of Rose wine, ½ cup peach liqueur, 1 cup peach juice, and 1/3 cup of simple syrup. Add 3 sliced peaches and 1 cup sliced strawberries and/or raspberries and refrigerate for several hours.

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Image and Recipe by Celebrating Sweets via Julie’s Eats and Treats

Tequila and Whiskey Cocktails

As for the evening wedding receptions, you can make the cocktails much stronger using liquors such as tequila and whiskey. Here are two classics with a bit of a twist!

Peach Mint Old Fashioned

Muddle 1 slices of peaches, ½ ounce simple syrup, 3-4 mint leaves, and 5 dashes of bitters in a glass. Fill the glass with ice, add bourbon and stir to combine. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with peach slice and mint sprig.

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Image and Recipe from Cooking Like A Champion

Tequila Sunrise Margarita

Dip your serving glass into coarse salt. Then combine ice cubes, 4 ounces of orange juice, 1 ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice, 3 ounces of orange liqueur and 2 ounces of tequila in a large glass. Add 1 ounce of superfine or powdered sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Next add 1 ounce of grenadine which will sink to the bottom, do not sir. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Image by Fake Ginger

Cocktail Shots

For some serious fun in a tiny glass, LIQs has a wonderful solution—cocktail shots! Premium spirits are combined with real fruit juice and other all-natural flavors in a premade cocktail that is served in a packaged shot glass. Your guests will love these and you can choose from a variety of flavors. Visit www.liqsshot.com to find the cocktail shot you like best and enjoy 20% off your first order with coupon code: LIQS20

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Image by LIQS

With so many delicious cocktail recipes, you’ll surely find the one (or maybe even two) that are perfect for your wedding celebration!




About the Author

headshotLIQS Cocktail Shots LIQS Cocktail Shots was founded in 2013 by Michael Glickman a born New Yorker who has a passion for premium spirits and serious good times! In fact, Michael is recently engaged and currently planning his destination wedding. He has numerous ideas on how beverages can be used to enhance all parts of the pre-wedding and wedding celebrations. You can learn more about Michael and LIQS at www.LIQSshot.com