I love good food and great drinks. One of the biggest trends in reception menu planning has been the signature drink. But it goes so much deeper– the trend in signature cocktails is “Drinkable Desserts”. From mixed and blended drinks to dessert shooters (yum!), your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
The Bailey’s Caramel Apple Pie-tini, featured left, has a delish recipe:
1 3/4 oz. Baileys with a Hint of Caramel
1/3 oz. Smirnoff Twist Green Apple Vodka
Dash of Caramel Syrup
Pour the applesauce into bottom of glass and float dash of caramel. Shake all other ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain and float on top of the applesauce and caramel.
Garnish with a slice of caramel apple.
Just like this awesome drink, the Indian Summer cocktails sent out by Food and Wine magazine are screaming to be headliners at a fall wedding:
1/2 small Honeycrisp apple, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 ounce maple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
1/4 ounces sweet vermouth, preferably Punt e Mes
2 dashes apple balsamic vinegar
In a rocks glass, gently muddle the apple and maple syrup (the apple should be smashed but not pureed). Fill the glass with ice and add the bourbon, vermouth and vinegar. Stir well.
Peach Cocktail No. 4
5 slices slightly underripe peach
5 mint leaves
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 oz Cointreau or other triple sec
1/4 oz lemon juice
2 dashes peach bitters
In cocktail shaker muddle 4 of the peach slices and the mint with the syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and add the bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice and bitters. Shake for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the remaining peach slice.
Drinkable desserts are a great option for fall and winter weddings, because it allows you to introduce some of the more heavier tastes in your signature bar.