Food & Drink | Signature Libations
Let the liquor do the talking.
Signature drinks at wedding receptions add a personal touch and up the “wow” factor. Now brides and grooms are putting a twist on the concept by having his and her drinks. “Of the 30 weddings we will do this year, 20 will offer signature cocktails, and of those, 60 percent will offer one cocktail and 40 percent will have two cocktails,” says Molly King, catering director for Plate Catering in Lewes.
His and her drinks can be inspired by the colors or theme of the wedding, or they might be the couple’s favorite drinks. “We had one wedding where we had a green apple martini for the groom and a pink martini (usually called a cosmo) for the bride. Pink and green were also the colors of her wedding,” says Lisa Scotto of Waterfall Banquet and Conference Center in Claymont.
If you are having two signature drinks, it’s best to have drinks made with different types of alcohol, recommends Josh Grapski, owner and catering director of Nage Catering in Rehoboth Beach. “We had a wedding where the groom liked whiskey and the bride liked vodka, so we created his and her drinks using those two alcohols,” he says.
“Usually the bride’s drink is sweeter and lighter, and the groom’s is a more classic drink that’s heavier on the booze, like a Maker’s Mark manhattan,” King adds.
His and her drinks can be butlered or simply displayed on the bar as a suggestion to guests. Some couples have a full bar in addition to signature drinks, while others offer signature drinks, beer and wine to cut expenses.