Around The World In 16 Cocktails – Destination Wedding Cocktails

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Not being ones to shy away from a celebration beverage (or two….okay three….alright, who needs to put a number on it!), and with destination weddings in mind, we thought we would take you on a journey around the world in 16 iconic cocktails. 


Signature wedding cocktails have long been a feature at US weddings, so take inspiration from our American neighbours and personalise a drinks menu for your guests. Here’s a sample of some worldwide cocktails that could also celebrate your destination wedding location, your favourite holiday spots or maybe even places that you’ve lived as a couple.


Discuss your cocktail ideas with your venue and/or caterers to ensure the cocktails of your choice are a possibility and within your budget. The typical ingredients are listed for each cocktail to help you choose your favourite flavours.


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Enjoy the best of British by making it Pimm’s O’Clock at your wedding reception with this fruity favourite.

  • Pimm’s
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh mint
  • Sliced fresh fruit – cucumber, oranges and strawberries

Add a ‘royale’ twist and serve up your Pimm’s with cava or champagne and strawberries in a champagne flute.


Vodka Martini

Add a suave and sophisticated James Bond twist to your cocktail list with 007’s infamous ‘shaken not stirred’ drink of choice.

  • Vodka
  • Dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Olives for garnish


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French 75

This powerful cocktail originated in Paris during World War I; named after the French 75 artillery rifle, due to its apparently similar kick!

  • Gin
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Champagne


Kir Royal

Add a classic french touch with this popular, sparkling berry flavoured cocktail.

  • Creme de cassis
  • Champagne or cava
  • Berries for garnish

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Created in Harry’s Bar, Venice in the 1930s, the simple mixology which makes up the Bellini has long been favoured across Italy.

  • Champagne
  • Peach puree or juice


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Punchy Spanish sangria is a highly refreshing cocktail choice for a sunny wedding day.

  • Red wine
  • Brandy, triple sec or Gran Mariner
  • Orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh mint
  • Sliced fruits – oranges, lemons and grapes
  • Ice

Why not add a little sparkle to your sangria and replace the red wine with prosecco, cava or champagne.


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Brandy Sour

The national drink of Cyprus, a Brandy Sour makes a luscious long drink in summer sunshine.

  • Cypriot brandy
  • Angostura bitters
  • Cypriot lemon squash or lemon cordial (undiluted)
  • Lemonade or soda water
  • Ice


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New York City



Mix like a Manhattan socialite with the classy Carrie cocktail.

  • Vodka
  • Orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Gran Mariner)
  • Cranberry juice
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Orange peel for garnish



Find love in the city that never sleeps with the cocktail that’s ‘Maid in Manhattan.’

  • Rye whiskey
  • Sweet vermouth
  • Angostora bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


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This tropical cocktail originated in the pink palace that is the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, set upon the white sands of the world famous Waikiki Beach. One to serve up with a bright umbrella as decoration!

  • Light rum
  • Dark rum
  • Lemon juice
  • Orange juice
  • Orange Curacao
  • Almond syrup
  • Pineapple slice for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish


Hawaiian Sea Breeze

Aloha! Let your guests party Polynesian-style with a tropical island Sea Breeze.

  • Vodka
  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice


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Satisfy your guests with a salt encrusted glass, filled with a fiery Tequila Margarita.

  • Salt rimmed glass
  • Tequila
  • Cointreau
  • Lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish


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Puerto Rico


Pina Colada 

Tantalise your guests tastebuds with a tropical sweet treat.

  • Light rum
  • Coconut cream
  • Crushed pineapples


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A traditional Cuban highball, the minty Mojito is one of the nation’s oldest cocktails and is a worldwide refreshing favourite.

  • White rum
  • Soda water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Fresh mint
  • Lime juice and granish



This short, sharp and sour Cuban cocktail is a classic choice for rum connoisseurs.

  • Light rum
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar



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Singapore Sling

Originally named the Gin Sling, the Singapore Sling originated in the Long Bar at the luxurious Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

  • Gin
  • Cherry brandy
  • Cointreau
  • Benedictine
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime juice
  • Grenadine
  • Soda water



Are you going to stir things up and add a cool cocktail hour to your warm weather wedding reception? 

You could have a pretty fun pre-party trying out concoctions to decide on your favourites!


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