5 Celebratory Signature Cocktails

Julia Millay Walsh

With wedding season and all manner of Summer gatherings in full swing, we thought it appropriate to raise a glass to the best signature cocktails for a fabulous affair. Whether you're hosting a wedding reception, an engagement get-together, or a birthday cocktail party, augmenting your wine and beer selection with a signature is a bright idea; it always elevates the standard celebration to something a bit more celebratory. Read on below for five of Style Me Pretty's favourite signature cocktails. 1 WHY LOVE IT: A refreshing summer sip that can almost be labelled "healthy." BASE SPIRIT: Gin POUR IN: 1.25 oz Gin, 1.25 oz Chillax (blend of fresh pineapple, cucumber, romaine lettuce, lemon juice & cilantro), 3 Cucumber Slices, 2 lime wedges, approximately 10 cilantro leaves BEST FOR: Warm-weathered weddings. 2 WHY LOVE IT: A classic wedding drink with a yummy twist. BASE SPIRIT: Rosé and vodka POUR IN: Good, crisp rosé, 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. sparkling lemon water, fresh edible flowers, ice BEST FOR: Classic weddings with a whimsical twist. 3 WHY LOVE IT: It's subtle, fresh, and oh-so tasty. What's not to love? BASE SPIRIT: 1 part gin, 1 part St. Germain POUR IN: 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 part St Germain liquor, 1 part gin, 1/2 part simple syrup BEST FOR: Traditional indoor "I dos." 4 WHY LOVE IT: Think completely girly goodness in a cup. BASE SPIRIT: Vodka POUR IN: Izze sparkling grapefruit soda, 1.5 oz. vodka, 1 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, crushed ice BEST FOR: Bridal showers, girl's brunch, or a summer wedding with a bit of spunk. 5 WHY LOVE IT: Light and refreshing, with a sweet little kick. BASE SPIRIT: Peach Flavored Vodka POUR IN: 2 ounces peach flavored vodka such as Absolut Apeach, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup hot water, 2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup fresh peach juice or puree, 3/4 gallon cold water, thyme to garnish BEST FOR: Stylish, outdoor affairs. For more entertaining and wedding ideas, visit Style Me Pretty. sig Photographs: Cambria Grace Photography, Valley & Co., Justin DeMutiis Photography, Monica Wang Photography, Yours Truly, Rustic White, Eric Laurits (portrait)

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