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Wedding Tip #14: Summer Cocktails on arrival

27 June 2017

Kick off your wedding celebrations in style with arrival refreshments in the form of summer cocktails. Always a crowd pleaser, cocktails offer colour and imagination to your day and are only limited by your imagination (and taste!).
Before we gaze lovingly at all the pretty drinks, remember these key tips when selecting your chosen tipple:
  • Summer Cocktails are all about colour and fruity textures. Create that wow-factor with tasty drinks garnished with fresh fruit.
  • Cocktails for Irish weddings is still something in its infancy. As a result, try and choose popular drinks that your friends and family would like. Don’t forget, a unique twist on a classic cocktail even just on presentation can go a long way to having the desired effect.
  • Think simple. Choose cocktails that are easy and simple to make in a large batch. Don’t forget, arrival drinks should be readily available and not leave your guests waiting.
  • Check with your wedding venue on price, ingredients and presentation. You might love a cocktail based on that one image you saw on Pinterest, but Waterford Crystal glasses and gold flakes may set you back in the pocket.
Now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way, here we pick our favourite summer cocktails for 2017 perfect for your wedding day.

Blueberry Mojitos

The mojito is a classic summer drink. Easily put together, this combination of rum, lime and blueberries will cool you off on even the hottest of days. Click here for the recipe.

Blueberry Mojitos

Fresh Watermelon Mint Juleps

What’s more refreshing than watermelon I ask? Nothing, that’s what. These watermelon mint juleps also add a soft pink to the occasion, with its strong bourbon or whiskey flavours presenting somewhat Jekyll and Hyde characteristics. Click here for the recipe.

fresh watermelon mint juleps lucan spa hotel

The Love Potion Cocktail

The aptly-named Love Potion Cocktail infuses thyme and blueberries with prosecco to make the perfect summer cocktail. You can view the recipe here.

Blueberry Thyme Love Potion

Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

Add a twist to the classic tequila-based Paloma and add in strawberries infused with a little chamomile honey tea. Your guests will thank you! For details, click here.

Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

Lady Rose

So elegant and classic, the vodka-based Lady Rose is finished simply with a pink rose petal, making this definitely a strong choice for her in the “His and Hers” cocktail options. Click here for the recipe.

Lady Rose Cocktail

Blue Crush Margaritas

Blue skies deserve blue cocktails and nothing screams “IT’S SUMMER!” with this modern twist on the classic margarita. Click here for details.

Blue Crush Margaritas

Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonic

We couldn’t complete this list without some sort of variation of Ireland’s current favourite tipple, the G&T. Gin and Tonics are the ultimate summer drink, with this take garnished with grapefruit slices and berries. You can view the recipe here.

Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonic

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