Cocktails add a touch of fun and sophistication to your big day. To keep the drinks flowing freely, and the bar running smoothly, it’s a good idea to create a small menu of, say, three to five cocktails. That means the bar only has to stock specific ingredients and the bartenders can be trained to make your drinks just the way you like them.
Buck’s Fizz aka Mimosa
Weddings are about joy and sparkle, so what better beverage to start the celebration than Buck’s Fizz? This classic combination of champagne and orange juice is fresh, bubbly and light in alcohol. Give it an island twist by using fresh-squeezed juice from Ibiza oranges and brut cava instead of champagne.
This is the ultimate refresher on a hot summers day, made simply from gin, fresh lime and soda water. It is a simple, chic alternative to gin and tonic and—because you’re using soda water instead of bottled tonic — it is far less expensive per glass. Which means you can invest in top-notch tonic.
What better tipple for a beach wedding than a sea breeze? This classic is made from vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice. Use white grapefruit for a tart, complex drink; use sweeter pink grapefruit for easy drinking.
Using fresh basil instead of mint gives a Mediterranean twist to the classic mojito. Muddle the leaves with plenty of lime and soda water, add just enough brown sugar to offset the fresh herb flavour.
Rosemary Lemon Martini
Capture the quintessential flavour of Ibiza with a rosemary infused lemon Martini. The ingredients are simple, just vodka, lemon juice, rosemary infused simple syrup poured over crushed ice and garnished with a sprig of herb.
Traditionally associated with love, pomegranates are a fitting addition to your wedding cocktail menu. The pomegranate Martini combines vodka, lemon juice and pomegranate juice to create a delectable drink the colour of an island sunset.
Almond evokes the scent of spring in Ibiza, and this cocktail will transport your guests to orchards full of white flowers as they enjoy this easy-to-drink mix of amaretto, sour mix and lemonade, topped with cherries.
Toast your true love with this fabulous, sparkling fruity cocktail. Made from a blend of brut cava, gin, Cointreau, pineapple, orange and grapefruit juice, it is bursting with the taste of summer.
This is a sweet treat that works perfectly with cake or can be served along with coffee. All you need is crème de cacao, brandy and fresh cream, mixed in a one-to-one ratio and shaken over ice.
This unusual drink is a fun blend of cider, apple juice, rye whisky, Aperol and fresh lemon juice. Blend the ingredients, top with soda water, then garnish with fresh apple slices for a cooling quirky cocktail.
The best thing about wedding cocktails is devising the menu. If you’re stressed out with organising sneak off for a few sample cocktails and you’ll feel better in no time!