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Friday, November 30, 2012

Trend Alert: Seasonal Cocktails

We love this beautiful time of year when the weather is finally cooling off, everything is changing colors and the holidays are ushered in with a flourish. The fall and winter offer a multitude of opportunities to incorporate some seasonal flair in your wedding day. One of the biggest ways to include seasonality in your wedding is through – what else?! – the food! Restaurants change their menu offerings to reflect the best foods of the season, and most caterers and reception venues do, as well. Not only does the in-season produce provide a framework of a sensational menu, but it also lends itself to creative and unique cocktail inspiration. Today, let’s focus on cocktails!

Some of the most luscious fruits are at their prime during the fall or winter: apples and pears, all varieties of citrus, cranberries, and some more “exotic” options such as quinces, figs, persimmons, kumquats and pomegranates. Your cocktail choice doesn’t have to be a completely new creation; you can use these fabulous seasonal options as a twist on a classic cocktail: Citrus Sangria, Pomegranate Martinis or Mimosas, Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic, Cranberry Mojito? Yes, please! Or go a little off the beaten path with something like a Pear-Basil Sipper, Apple-Ale Wassail, Frozen Cranberry Margaritos (a mojito-margarita hybrid) and La Vie En Rouge.

Of course, you can always go with the tried and true holiday favorites, as well. Your guests are bound to enjoy beverages such as seasonal sparkling punch, creamy gingerbread or candy-cane inspired cocktails, frothy eggnog concoctions or some warm buttery drink. Mmmmm, is it 4:00 p.m. anywhere yet?!

We hope this has inspired you to embrace “Fall” or “Winter” when creating your wedding day celebration and the cocktails that go with it. Put your holiday-inspired, party-minded head together with your caterer or bartender to develop the perfect seasonal cocktail for your wedding reception. Or, call us to meet with our fabulous wedding planners; they are experts at helping brides map out a seamless vision of an incredible wedding from beginning to end. Cheers!

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