Marriage should be about joining two people together, celebrating their union, and dancing badly at the reception. That’s the theory, anyway. The reality is that, for most people, weddings are about drinking. Weddings and booze are like footballs games and booze, or Friday nights and booze, or, well, you get the idea. With that in mind, there are a whole host of wedding cocktails to go along with that special day. But come on, you don’t want to have to wait for two people to get hitched every time you want a wedding cocktail, do you? Of course not! Who says you can’t drink wedding cocktails any time you want? Take a look at these three wedding cocktails you can drink without nuptials, and tell those nay-sayers to stifle it.
This vermouth drink packs a punch strong enough to calm even the worst wedding jitters. After one or two of these, you’ll be hearing wedding bells, whether you’re in love or not.
- 3/4 oz. brandy
- 3/4 oz. vermouth
- 3/4 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz. orange juice
- Mix all ingredients in a shaker.
- Shake well.
- Pour into a chilled glass over ice.
Italian Wedding Cake Martini
Italians know about cake, drinking, and partying. Ask anyone who’s ever lived in New Jersey or Rhode Island, Italian hotbeds. This drink is the essence of Italian celebration, and with or without wedding nuptials, you should have this cocktail as often as you like!
- 1 shot of vanilla vodka
- 1 shot of creme de cacao
- 4 oz. pineapple juice
- Combine ingredients in a martini shaker.
- Shake well.
- Pour into a martini glass.
- Garnish with your choice of green olive or pineapple wedge.
Billy Idol’s hit song has nothing on this delicious cocktail. White is the standard wedding color, so it’s only fitting that your wedding cocktail matches it to perfection. And hey, if the bride is late showing up, you won’t mind a bit, because this cocktail will have you floating on white, fluffy clouds of intoxication.
- 1/2 oz. hazelnut liqueur
- 1 oz. whole milk
- 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
- 1/2 oz. creme de cacao
- Combine liquor in a high-ball glass with ice.
- Add milk to fill glass.
- Stir ingredients gently.