Thursday, December 31, 2009

Raising a Glass with Signature Drinks

Happy New Year’s Eve! Given tonight’s history of celebration and spirits, I’ve got signature drinks on the brain. Of course, as wine lovers, sangria is an absolute must in our reception lineup. Also on our shortlist is a refreshing blackberry lemonade that perfectly meshes with our purple color scheme.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect cocktail to serve at your reception or just a fun way to ring in 2010, check out these two recipes, courtesy of iPhone app 8,500+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes by Webworks and Applications.

Red Wine Sangria

1 1/2 liters red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 cup sugar
1 large lemon, sliced
1 large orange, sliced
1 large apple, cut into thin sections
3-4 oz. plain brandy
Soda water

Mix wine, sugar and fruit, and let sit in the fridge, ideally for 18-24 hours. The mixture will have a somewhat syrupy consistency. Before serving, stir in brandy and cut the mixture with soda water until it has a thinner, more wine-like consistency. Serve from a pitcher in wine glasses.

Blackberry Lemonade

1 part blackberry vodka
5 parts lemonade
Fresh blackberries

If you have time, crush half of your blackberries and combine them with the lemonade the night before. Strain the blackberry parts out of the lemonade prior to adding vodka. Add whole blackberries for extra aesthetics and taste.

Are you serving a signature drink at your wedding? What are a few of your all-time favorite cocktails?


  1. We'll be serving sangria as well! The blackberry lemonade looks fantastic!

  2. I looove sangria and the blackberrys sound yum!

  3. Love the idea of a signature cocktail. I did love drinking Mai Tai's out of a pineapple on our honeymoon! They taste good.