One big trend in weddings this season is replacing the classic accent of black with a more warm option of brown. A second trend is serving your guests signature cocktails instead of spending a fortune on endless drinks at an open bar. In this article, I’ve listed ten of my favorite cocktails, some of which I plan on serving at my own wedding, that just so happen to be brown. Use these cocktails to please your guests, save money on your reception, and add an exciting element to your décor! Enjoy!
Rum and Coke
(A classic favorite!)
2 Ounces Fine Rum
5 Ounces Cola
Pour both ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and swirl with a cocktail stirrer. For an extra kick, use cherry cola instead of regular cola. Top with the cherry.
2 Ounces Fine Vodka
1 Ounces Fine Coffee Liqueur
Pour vodka, liqueur, and a generous dash of cocoa powder into a cocktail shaker and shake lightly. Pour into an old-fashioned glass which has been filled with ice and add enough cream to fill the voids.
(Great for a Winter wedding)
12 Ounces Premium Hot Cocoa, prepared
2 Ounces Makers Mark
In the individual mugs of hot cocoa, add the bourbon, stir gently with a cocktail stirrer, and top with whipped cream.
(Excellent for summer weddings)
3 Ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur
2 Ounces Strawberry liqueur
Sugar for rim of the glass
Strawberry for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, chocolate liqueur and strawberry liqueur. Wet top of martini glass and lay it in sugar so the top is covered. Strain liquor into the glass and garnish with strawberry.
Mint Chocolate Meltdown
3 Ounces Peppermint Schnapps
1 Ounce Crème de Menthe
3 Ounces Chocolate Liqueur
1 Ounce Skyy Vodka
Finely Grated Chocolate
In a cocktail shaker, mix the liquid ingredients and strain into a martini glass. Heavily cover the top with the grated chocolate.
1.5 Ounces Vodka
1.5 Ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 Ounces Kahlua Cream
2 Ounces Light Cream
1 Large Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Large Scoop Chocolate Ice Cream
10 Ice Cubes
1 Cup Grated Chocolate
Mix all ingredients in a large blender on a high setting until well incorporated. Pour into a balloon or hurricane glass and garnish with extra chocolate.
Death by Chocolate
1 Scoop Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia
1 Scoop Coffee Ice Cream
1.5 Ounce Chocolate Syrup
1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
1 Ounce Dark Crème de Cacao
1 Ounce Skyy Vodka
Blend all ingredients in a large blender until well incorporated. Pour into a hurricane glass and serve with whipped cream as a garnish.
2 Ounces Makers Mark
.5 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
.5 Ounce Dry Vermouth
Generous Dash Blood Orange Bitters
Small Piece of Spiral Orange Peel
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain over more ice into a tumbler or rocks glass. Place orange peel on edge of glass.
(Excellent for a Bridal Breakfast or early morning wedding)
8 Ounces prepared Cappuccino, hot
2 Ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 Ounce Peppermint Schnapps
In an Irish Coffee Cup, mix the Cappuccino, Bailey’s, and Schnapps. Stir with the peppermint stick and leave inside glass for garnish.
Café del Prado
(Another great idea for a winter wedding)
1 Teaspoon Instant Coffee
2 Teaspoons Instant Cocoa
1.5 Ounces Yellow Tequila
.5 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Place Coffee, Cocoa, and Vanilla in mug with boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add tequila and stir once more. Garnish with the Whipped Cream, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg.
.5 Ounce Wild Turkey
.5 Ounce Heaven Hill Vodka (Or substitute what is know as the cheapest, most foul local vodka in your area)
This is drank out of a shot glass, bu the groomsmen, once you get started of everyone hanging around. My younger brother came up with this some years ago and it works like a charm.
Although these recipes are my own, most of the basic principles for many of these drinks can be found at:
*’The New American Bartender’s Guide,’ by John J. Poistner New American Library 1999 (Pg. 425, 547)