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New Purple Signature Drink Ideas from HPNOTIQ!

Signature cocktail ideas for weddings, parties and events

HPNOTIQ Harmonie, a new lilac infused liqueur, made its debut this week at the Love Wedding Marriage Premiere in Los Angeles. To celebrate the unique flavor of this drink, we have put together some cocktail suggestions for the upcoming summer wedding season. From a Blushing Bride to True Love this season is all about Harmonie.

Blushing Bride Cocktail

Blushing Bride
2 parts Harmonie
1 part Vodka
1 part white cranberry
Fresh lemon squeeze
Shake all ingredients vigorously (at least 18 to 20 shakes) pour in Martini or rocks glass, garnish with a luscious raspberry


Sweet Harmonie

Sweet Harmonie
2 parts Harmonie and 1 part club soda over ice with a blackberry garnish
The Harmonie MUST be really cold before pouring


Hpnotiq Harmonie Signature Drink Cocktail Ideas

True Love
1.5 ounces Harmonie
.75 ounces Gin
.5 ounces Simple Syrup
.5 ounces fresh squeezed lemon
Shake all ingredients vigorously (at least 18 to 20 shakes) and pour into champagne flute or rocks glass, top with champagne and orchid flower garnish


Dorothy Parker

Which do you want to try first?

Signature Cocktail Ideas Inspired by US Cities

Watch!  the official magazine of CBS is a wonderful lifestyle publication that gives readers the backstage pass into entertainment, television and pop culture, mixed in with celebrity, fashion, lifestyle, travel, movies, music and sports.  They have just launched exclusive cocktail recipes in a recent issue that are inspired by some of the US hottest cities!


  • Capitol Kiss – a rum, berry and champagne combo from Degrees Bar & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
  • The Islander – a mix of cognac, Cointreau and black tea from Whiskey Park at the W Hotel in Atlanta.
  • Rosa Rossa – the signature prosecco drink from Cecconi’s restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • Pepper-mint Julep – a revved-up version of the mint julep from Stephen Pyles restaurant in Dallas.


Capitol Kiss

– 1½ ounces 10 Cane rum

– 1 ounce simple syrup

– 5 raspberries

– 5 blueberries

– 8–10 fresh spearmint leaves

– ½ ounce B&B liqueur

– 2 ounces Moët & Chandon Imperial champagne

Instructions: In a tall highball glass, lightly muddle ½ ounce rum, simple syrup, berries and mint leaves. Add ice, remaining rum and liqueur; stir to mix well. Fill with champagne. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and lime wedge.


The Islander

– 3–4 mint leaves

– 1 ounce Remy Martin VSOP champagne cognac

– 1½ ounces Cointreau liqueur

– ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

– ½ ounce simple syrup

– 3 ounces black tea

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain over ice into a glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.


Rosa Rossa

– 4 ounces prosecco

– 1 ounce Martini & Rossi Rosatovermouth

– ½ ounce Lamill rose petal blend tea-infused simple syrup (

– ½ ounce brewed Lamill rose tea

Instructions: Fill glass with crushed ice and prosecco. In a separate glass, add the other ingredients. Strain and pour over prosecco. Garnish with basil leaf and lemon peel.


Pepper-Mint Julep (serves four)

– 2?3 cup mint sprigs, reserving four mint sprigs for garnish

– 2 tablespoons superfine sugar

– 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced, seeded and chopped

– ¼ cup ice water

– 1½ cups (8 jiggers) bourbon

Instructions: Using a mortar and pestle or wooden spoon, grind together mint, sugar and jalapeño. Place in a mixing bowl, cover with ice water and stir to dissolve sugar. Add bourbon and refrigerate for at least one hour. Fill four glasses with ice. Strain chilled mixture into glasses, and place glasses in freezer for at least 20 minutes (until they become frosty). Garnish with a mint sprig, and add an extra jalapeño garnish for even more zip.



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

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

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


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

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


1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
1 part Cranberry juice


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


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

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


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.

We Likey: Makers Mark (Signature Drink Inside!)

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:: The Peach Bourbon Smash ::


We’re all for a good cocktail, especially a nice Southern cocktail for a signature drink!

We received a beautiful bottle of Makers Mark to sample, and WOW!  Makers Mark is a Kentucky bourbon with a soft, smooth flavor—what is so special about Makers is that the flavor stems from the root of winter wheat in the mash as opposed to rye.


You would expect bourbon to be hard; but this smooth, full bodied and very flavorful.  I love the bottle, which looks like melted wax own the sides; I almost was sad to break the seal.  FYI, Makers Mark has a wonderful rich history of being a family owned distillery and that unique wax seal is created by hand.  Each bottle is hand dipped!

Known as “the” bourbon for young sophisticates, it’s good clean, and in my opinion, very good mixed in a cocktail.  I enjoyed it in a whiskey sour and also loved it in this great Southern Cocktail:

Bourbon Peach Smash

  • Muddle 2 pieces of fresh Georgia peach, 2 lemon pieces, and 2 to 3 mint leaves in 1 ounce of simple
  • syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass
  • Add 2 ounces of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and shake
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice
  • Garnish with a mint sprig


If you ever get a chance to try it, you will definitely like it– even if you aren’t a boubom


Event Vision: New Orleans Cocktail Hour

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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.



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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?




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.



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


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

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




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.





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 Drink Idea: Jello Cocktails

jello shots in martini glass

Photo by Unique Reflections Photography

One of the four major food groups from college makes a repeat, but upscale appearance for weddings.  If you are looking to do something fun and quirky for your wedding’s cocktail hour or your signature drink, think about gelatin cocktails.  These edible cocktail scan be in the shape of small circles (think caviar) or cubes.  These are a less cost intensive on your catering/bar budget (translation: less expensive).  They have less alcoholic content, so guests won’t get too intoxicated before the wedding (yes, this happens. I’ll tell you a story…one warm and cozy night by the fire).  Additionally, they are easy to make and can be made in advance.

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Photos from Catersource

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Don’t forget your favorite garnishes (whipped cream, sugars, etc.)!  Just like your traditional jello—add fruit (like the peaches above) for what can be a unique twist on an old favorite.

Details: Dress the Drink

dress the drink gourmet garnishes for signature drinks


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Information arrived about Dress the Drink here at Cocktails + Details, and I kid you not:  the heavens parted, the light came down and the angels began to sing.  This is FABULOUS.  I’ve always been a huge advocate in incorporating your signature drink and food into the overall design of the event.  Dress the Drink includes luxury gourmet garnishes as well as assistance with designing your signature drink.  They are proving to be an outstanding resource for libation connoisseurs like myself:  their recipe section has some of the most well designed and decadent drinks out there, like the Pumpkin Spice, Twisted Apple Tea, ZViolet, and the Turkish Delight Martini


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Garnishes include:

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Edible gold and silver leaf

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Edible gems

gourmet flavored swizzle sticks 

Gourmet flavored swizzle sticks


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Gourmet flavored rimming blends


Dress the Drink


Tell me: How would you dress your drink?

We Likey: The Wedding Cake Martini



wedding cake martini


You’ve been reading this blog for how long, now?  So you should know me, right?  There are a few things in life that capture my heart.  One of course, is a gorgeous man dutifully known as Captain America…the others are wedding cake and martinis (yes, you can factor my children in there somewhere, too).  Imagine my excitement when I found this recipe for a wedding cake martini.


Let’s let that linger.


YES! Moving on….

Here is the recipe for it that I found over at Italian Dessert Recipes:


Wedding Cake Martini

YIELD: 1 Serving
* 3 ounces amaretto
* 1/2 ounce vodka
* 1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice (or pineapple juice)
* Uh, shake, shake, shake, and then serve!
* OPTIONAL: Float a little cream on top if you wish! (I prefer this – really tastes like a cake)


If it is too sweet for you or you would like some alternatives, they offer some really great substitutions…. So who’s up for a little cake in a glass with me?

Getting Your Bridesmaids Acquainted



Part of the fun in choosing your bridal party (and sometimes much to your chagrin of having to decide who makes the cut) is mixing some of the most important people in your life.  You have people who love you and have been with you at various stages in your life.  Even though their common thread is you, you just know they would love each other once they get together.  Here are some innovative ways to do something special for your friends to create a welcoming, fun atmosphere:



Spa Picture with candles Spa Parties:  Spa parties allow everyone to take a break from their busy lives,  relax and make new friends.  You can book something at a local salon or spa or have a licensed masseuse come in to your own location.  Plan to have your infused waters, teas, robes, and candles to create an atmosphere of relaxation, peace and fun.  Add some light foods and music and you have a special time on your hands!

Photo by :: Dominik Gwarek







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Swap Party:  These can be exciting and a great way to get rid of clothes that fill your closet that you have never worn (or will never wear again!).  Your friends can bring everything from clothes to shoes to jewelry to swap with other participants at your party.  Paired with great hors d’oeuvres and wine, you’ve got some of the best staples in life:  good friends, good food and clothes!


Photo by :: definatalie












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Spirits Tasting Party:  Nothing is more fun than getting your girlfriends together for great food and drinks.  At your spirits tasting party, you can pick out some of your favorite ideas for your signature drink at your wedding reception and get feed back from your girls.  Have them bring some of their favorite recipes or check for some of our favorite cocktail recipes, because you know we’d never steer you wrong. 

Photo by :: alpha du centaure








These are just a few ideas to get you started on bringing some of your favorite people together.  Do you have something special planned?  Tell us about it!

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”.