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tequila cocktail signature drink recipes
Aug 07 2015

Our Top 7 Tequila Ideas for Your Signature Drink

tequila cocktail signature drink recipes

Frequent travel to Mexico has made us tequila lovers.  Well, some of us anyway. But there’s a story behind that and we promise to tell it to you some snowy night in front of  the fire.

A lot of our couples are afraid to incorporate tequila into their signature bar because of its distinct taste (or college memories), but we promise– these recipes will make a believer and lover out of the most discriminating tastes. Understanding that there are people that fall on both sides of the spectrum– those that love the taste of tequila and those… well, not so much, will help you find a happy medium between the two.

 

Dirty Work

dirty work tequila cocktail signature drink ideas
Dirty Work comes to us via one of our favorite mixologists in the game, Russell Davis.  Yes, that Russell Davis.  It’s a complex cocktail with a lot of layers and body– which is great for the connoisseur.  It includes Reposado Tequila, Lime, Pineapple Gomme syrup (fancy simple syrup), Cardamom tincture, and champagne. This mix is perfect for those warm summer weddings.

 

Salpicon de Mango (Mango Splash)

mango splash signature drink tequila
1.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur (brand new from Patrón and it is loooovveely)
1 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
3/4 oz Lime Juice (or the juice of a medium-sized lime)
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Orange Juice
Long Splash Chilled Club Soda\

Just looking at the ingredients has your mouth watering, amirite??? This beauty was created by the genius that is Esteban Ordonez and is pretty simple to achieve. Fill a large rocks glass or double old fashioned glass with ice. Combine all ingredients over the ice, adding the club soda in the end gently. Stir to mix all ingredients and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig if desired. Again, perfect for those summer weddings– especially with those featuring seafood. Ceviche, anyone?

 

Carpe Dia

tequila signature drink ideas

Milagro Añejo  2 parts
Lime Juice 1 Part
Blackberry Syrup 0.75 Part
Sage Leaf 1 EA
Hibiscus Tea 1 Part
Ginger Beer 1 part
Garnish: Blackberries & Sage
Glass: Punch bowl

What’s great about this drink is that it can be made in batches, which makes for quick service at your bar. Since it is also pretty to look at, it will be quite the conversation piece. Build all ingredients except ginger beer in a punch bowl over a block of ice. Top with ginger beer right before stirring interminately.

 

Lil Mizz Sunshine

Lil-Mizz

6 oz Roca Patrón Reposado
2 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
3 oz Orange/Chamomile Tea-Infused Sweet Vermouth (recipe below)
3 oz Lime Juice
10 White Sugar Cubes
6 oz Club Soda

Muddle sugar cubes with lime juice, Stir all ingredients (except for club soda) with ice. Strain over 1 large block of ice. Add club soda, and garnish with orange wheels and edible flowers.

 

Orange Chamomile infused sweet vermouth:

-5 tsp Orange Chamomile Tea Leaves
-750ml Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Infuse tea in vermouth for 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain out tea and refrigerate.

 

My bar crush, Rosie Ruiz of Cole’s in LA, really put her foot in this drink, as we say. It’s light, feminine and bubbly.  It’s also definitely one of those drinks that will take a bit of pre-event execution, so give yourself time, but it’s worth it.  Lil Mizz Sunshine would be happily at home at a bridal shower, bachelorette party or cocktail hour.

 

Lavender Paloma

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2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Fresh grapefruit juice
.5 part Lavendar & Vanilla simple syrup
.5 part Fresh lime juice
3 parts Dry Lavender soda

Garnish: grapfruit peel & lavender & kosher salt

Put all ingredients in a tall glass and top with Lavender soda. **Or infuse lavender into the syrup and top with soda water for a delicious, full bodied cocktail.

This where Milagro shows up and shows off– the slow roasted,  100% blue agave tequila really adds to the flavors of this cocktail.  I know most wouldn’t consider tequila to be a “relaxed” spirit, however this cocktail blend is soft and ethereal. Paloma is perfect for those whose conceptions about tequila you would like to change.

 

Blonde Juan

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1.5 parts Milagro Silver
.75 parts White Peach Syrup
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
2 parts Blonde Beer
1 Lemon Wheel

Combine tequila, peach syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a tall Collins glass. Top with a Blonde Ale. Garnish with a lemon wheel. I love this because this is a wonderful blend of a little Georgia for you wedding with the white peach syrup.

 

Cool as a Cucumber Margarita

cool-cucumber-margarita

2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Slices
1 Lime wheel
1 Cucumber Stick

Garnish: course ground sea salt and black peppercorn mix

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender without ice. Blend and pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass prepared with a half salted rim. Garnish with a cucumber spear and lime wheel (optional).

 

Which of these are your favorites? Do you have a favorite tequila based drink?  Let us know in the comments!

We Likey: Creative Signature Drink Cocktails

Signature drinks and bars are still a huge hit. Naturally, they add flavor to your event, but also personality.  While you can deck out your bar with custom decor and signage to really make it your own, coming up with innovative and fun siggies can truly make a memorable event.

Cosmopolitan martini jello shots

Cosmopolitan Jello Shots (Cranberry juice, Orange flavored vodka, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, Roses Lime)

Fishbowl Cocktail Signature Drink with malibu rum, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix,

This summer drink makes for a great focal point at the bar that can be ladled into glasses for guests:  ½ cup Nerds candy ½ gallon goldfish bowl 5 oz. vodka 5 oz. Malibu rum 3 oz. blue Curacao 6 oz. sweet-and-sour mix 16 oz. pineapple juice 16 oz. Sprite 3 slices each: lemon, lime, orange 4 Swedish gummy fish Sprinkle Nerds on bottom of bowl as “gravel.” Fill bowl with ice. Add remaining ingredients.

Margaritas served in Limes

Margarita shots served in limes!

Root Beer Vodka Float

Your dessert bar shouldn’t have all the fun!  Try out this new Root Beer Vodka to make delicious grown up floats.  Perfect for those carnival themed weddings, too!

Watermelon Margarita Popsicle Signature Drink Cocktail

Having a hot summer wedding?  These delicious watermelon margarita mini-popsicle will be the perfect treat to wet the whistles of your guests during cocktail hour.

Red Bull Jello Shots Red Bull and Vodka Jello Shots (these would be awesome to kick off the reception or for when the party is dying down towards the send off and you want to keep people going for the after party!)

 

 

purple cocktail for signature drink wedding
Mar 30 2011

Signature Drinks for Your Wedding by Color: Purple

We’re back once again with delicious signature cocktails for your wedding, this time for those who are in need of purple cocktails!  For other colors such as green and red, check out our other blog posts!

 

purple signature drink cocktail for wedding

The Purple Matthew

Ingredients
2 oz. Absolut Kurant
1 oz. blueberry syrup
Soda water

Method
Stir the vodka and blueberry syrup with ice. Strain into a long drink glass filled with ice cubes and top up with soda water.

(From Destination Wedding Magazine)

reserve de mure cocktail signature drink

 

 

Reserve de Mure

Ingredients

1 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve Rum1 Muddled Fresh Blackberry
0.5 oz. Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
1 oz. Massanez Cream De Mure
1 oz. Whipped Fresh Cream
Cinnamon Grated on Top
Garnish: 3 Blackberries and Cinnamon Dust

Method:
Muddle the blackberry; add all ingredients except the heavy cream; shake and strain into wine glass top with fresh whipped heavy cream; garnish and dust with cinnamon.

(From Girly Drinks)

purple rain cocktail signature drink for weddings

Purple Rain

1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
2 parts Grenadine
2 parts Pineapple Juice
dash of Lime Juice

or

1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
1 part Cranberry juice

 

Method
Mix ingredients together with ice, add to a Collins glass.

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Raspberry Margarita

2 oz Sauza® Hornitos Reposado tequila
2 oz sweet and sour mix
2 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
1 oz Rose’s® lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Method
Mix in a shaker with ice, strain and add to martini glass.

 signaturecocktailbarsign

Now that you’ve got your favorite purple cocktail, be sure to show it off at your bar with this personalized signature cocktail signalso available in a rustic design or vintage chalkboard.

Event Vision: New Orleans Cocktail Hour

New Orleans wedding ideas food drink sezerac, st charles, gumbo, crawfish po boy inspiration ideas

New Orleans is world-famous for its food. The indigenous cuisine is distinctive and influential. From centuries of amalgamation of local Creole, haute Creole, and New Orleans French cuisines, New Orleans food has developed. Local ingredients, French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, and a hint of Cuban traditions combine to produce a truly unique and easily recognizable Louisiana flavor1.   But it is not just the flavors of Louisiana that makes it special, it is the soul and spirit behind it. I come from a family that has roots in Louisiana and this passed down from generation to generation. You show your love by feeding people good, hearty meals.  I laugh as I write this now, because it doesn’t matter when you walk into my parents’ house, my dad will say “You want something to eat?” (he makes a mean gumbo, by the way).

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So when you ask your guests if they want something to eat, offer them unique specialties like  beignets (French doughnuts served with coffee and chicory, known as café au lait).  Oysters are an area favorite, and one way to get them with another favorite the Po’boy, above.   There is also absolutely no way anyone will let you leave New Orleans without trying a crawfish.  You can incorporate them into your cocktail hors d’oeuvres by offering  New Orleans French Bread Pizza – with Andouille Sausage, Crawfish and Provolone.

 

 

gumbo healthy-delicious

You can also serve “mini” version of New Orleans staples like étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and other Creole dishes.  The Monday favorite of red beans and rice (Louis Armstrong often signed his letters, “Red beans and ricely yours”).

 

But what about your drinks?

 

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Well– everyone gets a Hurricane when they are in New Orleans.It’s an extremely sweet alcoholic drink made from lime juice, passion fruit syrup and rum.  Wikipedia says: “The creation of this passion fruit-colored relative of a Daiquiri drink is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. In the 1940s, he needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and whiskey.  He poured the concoction into hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses and gave it away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since.”

 

First: awesome story.  Second:  I want one now.

 

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The official drink of New Orleans is the Sazerac.  It is said that “Hurricanes are for tourists, Sazeracs are for natives!”

 

Sazerac
2  1/2 oz Rye whiskey
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters (remember him?)
1 small dash Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
absinthe
lemon twist
couple of drops of water

Tools: spoon to stir and muddle with
Glass: two Old Fashioned or Sazerac glasses

 

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Of course, there is also the beautiful St. Charles Punch.  It’s just as rich as it is beautiful, so be prepared for robust flavor!

St. Charles Punch

Adapted from Stanley Clisby Arthur’s Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em:

1 teaspoon rich simple syrup (2:1)
1 teaspoon orange curaçao
1-1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 ounces ruby port
1 ounce Cognac

Arthur’s original instructions: “Dissolve the sugar with a little water in a mixing glass. Add the lemon juice, the port wine, the Cognac, and last the curaçao. Fill the glass with fine ice and jiggle with the bar spoon. Pour into a long thing glass, garnish with fruit, and serve with a straw. […] Don’t omit the straw; this drink demands long and deliberate sipping for consummate enjoyment.”

 

Gorgeous picture and recipe from Chuck T’s Flickr Stream.

 

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If you really want to go authentic, create a mock Bourbon Street—with stations featuring cocktails some of the best establishments on the avenue.   Each station can be an ode to the local bars, such as Pat O’Brien’s, Bourbon Pub, Napoleon House and other bars and restaurants.

 

With New Orleans being full of such color and flavor, there will be no drought on inspiration for you to draw upon for your cocktail hour for your wedding reception.  Stay tuned for Part  Deux for inspiration for décor and other elements

 

 

 

 

 

1. Food in New Orleans, Wikipedia

Signature Drinks For Your Wedding by Color: Green

We’ve talked before about red signature drinks and now we can visit the delectable creations that come in the shade of green.

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If you are looking to coordinate your signature drink with your color scheme, you will enjoy these green libations!

Apple mojito

Apple Mojito

2 oz Bacardi® Big Apple rum
6 oz club soda
3 lime wedges
2 tsp sugar
3 fresh mint sprigs

Add the lime, sugar and mint sprigs to a highball glass and muddle with a muddler. Add several ice cubes and pour in the Bacardi apple rum. Top with club soda (adjust to taste), and stir. Garnish with an apple slice and a lime wedge, and serve.

 

club med bahamas curacao cocktail

Green Flash Cocktail Recipe

1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
3 oz orange juice
3 0z sprite
ice

Mix ingredients together, serve over ice. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry
(Courtesy of White on Rice Couple)

gimlet

Green Gimlet

1.0 oz Sour Apple Liqueur Apple Schnapps
2.0 oz Gin
1.0 wedge for garnish Lime
0.25 oz Rose’s Lime Juice, preferred Lime juice
0.5 oz Melon liqueur

Combine ingredients in a shaker glass filled with ice.  Shake to blend. Strain and serve in a stem gimlet glass with lime garnish.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

3/4 oz green creme de menthe
3/4 oz white creme de cacao
3/4 oz vodka

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

 

pineapple caipirihna

Pineapple Caipirinha – quantities are for 1 drink

To make infused cachaca, you need:
1 bottle of cachaca
1 whole pineapple, peeled* and sliced
Ingredients:
2 oz pineapple infused cachaca or vodka
1/2 lime, cut in small chunks
2 tbs freshly crushed pineapple
1 tbs sugar
Crushed iced

Preparation:

  1. To make the pineapple infused cachaca place the pineapple slices in a large container, pour the cachaca over the pineapple slices, close tightly and let it rest in a dark cool place for a few days – but no longer than a week.
  2. Use a muddler to crush and mix the limes and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add the cachaca, crushed pineapple and ice, mix well and serve immediately.

 

Titanic Uplift

Titanic Uplift

2 oz melon liqueur
1 oz gin
4 oz orange juice
Squeeze of lime juice
Lime to Garnish
Ice
Directions:
Shake and strain into a large martini glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.

 

Enjoy!

We Likey: Dolce Touch

dolce touch premium hybrid vodka

 

We’ve been together how long, now?  You know I love a good, smooth vodka.  I stumbled upon Dolce Touch and absolutely CANNOT wait to try it after viewing the website and viewing some of these delectable recipes.   As a hybrid luxury vodka, it combines the best qualities of both ultra-premium and flavored vodkas, with an objective of producing the most versatile, hybrid luxury vodka that excels in the categories of look, smell and taste. The sleek design of the bottle is enough to earn itself a spot as a centerpiece, but the thoughtful pairings in the recipes ensure that it will be an empty bottle centerpiece.

 

Here are some very noteworthy recipes…they might make a great addition to your signature drink bar at your wedding reception!

 

Dolce touch breathless martini recipe signature drink

 

Dolce Touch Vodka Luxe Recipe Signature Martini Drink

Dolce Touch Vodka Metropolis Recipe Signature Drink Martini

Dolce Touch Vodka Savoir Faire Martini Signature Drink Recipe

Dolce Touch Premium Luxury Vodka

For more recipes or to learn more about this delicious brand, its process, visit the Dolce Touch website and follow them on Twitter.   You have to love a spirit that says it has “sexy in every drop”. 

You Can Have Disney World–I’ve Got…

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The Museum of the American Cocktail!

(And Disney World, I was just kidding. You know I love you)

Based in gorgeous New Orleans, MOTAC (as it is affectionately called) is “dedicated to the past, present and future of civilized drinking”.  Hold on for a second. I’m getting a little emotional.

 

Okay.

 

With different annual memberships starting at just $35 per year, everyone from the student to the connoisseur can learn any and everything about the American cocktail, its history and its future.  With a bustling online gift shop, virtual exhibit, and fun events like Who’s Your Daddy? A Mai Tai paternity test, you really can’t help but to be completely enamored by the knowledge, antiques and recipes. 

 

The museum also creates pocket recipe guides and full  journals of research dedicated to cocktails, recipes, and other mixed drink forms.  Anyone who can appreciate a great cocktail will find themselves in good company. 

 

If you’re in New Orleans—go visit! If not, visit virtually!  Test out a few recipes;  you know, all for the sake of research for your signature drink 😉

 

:: Pictures from MOTAC  website ::

 

And seriously, Disney—I was kidding.  Call me.

From My Bar to Yours…

imageI was reading YumSugar, as always, and loved how they blogged about the new Food and Wine Cocktail Book for 2008.  This is perfect if you are looking for the signature drink to kick off your reception or event. 

 

 

This made me think about my other favorites, Hip Sips:  Modern Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits and The Art of the Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the Classics.  I think that food is only good if your chef has had a glass of wine while they have been cooking, and a party ain’t a party unless the cocktails are flowing! (FYI, if you’re coming to my house…you’re leaving “happy“)

 

Here are some of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly

I know you don’t believe me, but you really do have to try it. It smells and tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! 

.5 oz Chambord

.5 oz Frangelico

Some people take it as a shot, but when it was first given to me, I had it in a martini glass and that’s how it should be.  Completely divine. 

 

Crazy in Love

This one is strong, but oooohhhhh so good!  Don’t drink it if you have to drive….anywhere for the next two days.

3 oz Apple Cider (Not a lot of people have this on hand, so you can mix it with apple juice instead)

1 oz Gin

2 oz Rum

2 oz Tequila

2 oz Vodka

 

Perfect Set

Perfect for your sweet tooth!

5 oz Apple Cider (you can sub apple juice here, but the cider is definitely worth it!)

3 oz Apple Schnapps

.5oz Cinnamon Schnapps

1 oz Ice

1 oz Vodka

Rim the glass with caramel. Add an apple slice on the side or a thin slice on the top to garnish. 

 

I will stop here, because I’m pretty sure we’ll have to check your blood-alcohol level from just reading this.  But don’t worry…I’ll be back with more 🙂