Friday Five – Champagne Signature Cocktails For Weddings

26/09/2014 | 0

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Serving up signature cocktails is a great way to greet your wedding guests at your reception and what could be a better ingredient for your destination wedding drinks than the classic celebration choice – champagne!

 

There are many marvelous mixtures out there that incorporate fabulous fizz, but this week’s Friday Five focuses on timeless tipples that are traditional to countries from around the world.

 

A champagne signature cocktail will always go down well with your thirsty wedding guests, but the drink you hand out can be country and travel themed as well – perfect if you’re getting married abroad.

 

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UK

 

Bucks Fizz

The traditional Buck’s Fizz originated in London. It was named after the London Buck’s Club where it was invented as an excuse to start drinking early! Known as the Mimosa in the US, this simple pick-me-up is a great way to start a wedding celebration or any pretty party.

 

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It may seem as straight forward as dishing up equal parts of orange juice to champagne but of course there’s always more to crafting cocktails than that! Be sure to drop by Inspired Taste for top tips on how to perfectly serve this zesty drink.

 

 

France

 

Kir Royal

Chic and easy to make the understated kir royal is a light and breezy beverage, perfect for summer soirees.

 

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To create this fruity favourite at home visit the marvellous Martha Stewart website to see this full recipe and more.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) creme de cassis
  • 1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling white wine
  • 6 strips tangerine or orange zest, for garnish

 

 

Spain

 

Champagne Sangria

Punchy Spanish sangria is a highly refreshing cocktail choice for a sunny wedding day. Simply replace half of the red wine with prosecco, cava or champagne to add a little sparkle to your sangria.

 

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How about this trying colourful concoction – blood orange and blackberry Sangria? For the full recipe head on over to Inspired By This.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir
  • 1 cup Sparkling Wine
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 blood oranges (sliced)
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Lime slices (optional)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup sugar

 

 

Italy

 

Peach Bellini

The bellini was invented in Venice and is one of Italy’s most popular cocktails. Add a sweet twist to this elegant concoction with a drop of light and refreshing peach puree.

 

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This classic cocktail looks peachy at a wedding and will certainly keep your guests happy. For more directions on how to stir up this timeless tipple head on over to Wedding Chicks.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe peaches, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bottle chilled prosecco sparkling wine

 

 

Mexico 

 

Poinsettia

There is conflicting information regarding where this festive cocktail originated so it is sitting under Mexico purely since the pretty poinsettia plant is native to Mexico! This romantic red cocktail is traditionally served up at Christmas or Thanksgiving, so it would make a delicious drink for a wintertime wedding.

 

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Who better to turn to than Nigella Lawson for a Christmas cocktail recipe? Pop over to Stylist to see more of her favourite festive thirst-quencers.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 75cl bottle of fizzy dry white wine, chilled
  • 125ml Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, chilled
  • 500ml cranberry juice, chilled

 

 

 

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