Wedding Reception Drinks for All Seasons

25 Jan 2016

Perhaps the lavish wedding menu has been decided, but what about the drinks? Whatever the season you’ve chosen for your big day, we’ve got you covered with this beverage guide packed with ideas

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Sipping on an expertly-shaken cocktail or fine wine can really liven the mood at weddings and create a special ambience that adds a finishing touch to the event. And if you read our story about the new wedding trends for the year ahead, you’ll know crafted drinks and creative menus are a must for 2016 weddings.

From zingy fruit flavours fresh for spring, to glittery summer fizz and autumnal apple pie cocktails for autumn, get inspired with these seasonal ideas from the experts at East Coast Bars.

The folks there provide tipples for weddings and events and believe that they can represent a couple’s personality.

“Drinks are all down to personality,” says Will Chandler of East Coast Bars. “Whenever we take a booking we chat to the couple and discuss drinks that best suit their personality. A wedding is your day so why not make the drinks reflect you as much as the rest of it?”

Here are Will’s top wedding drinks for each season.



Aperol spritz
This is made up of one shot of Aperol, a dash of elderflower cordial, half soda and half Prosecco all in a tumbler with a garnish of orange.
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: This is a great fresh drink – not too sweet and the f
izz it makes it perfect for a wedding, plus it’s a nice bright colour.

Homemade elderflower cordial
With soda water, garnished with mint and lime wedges.
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: Homemade is so much better than bought when it comes to elderflower.

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Pimp your Prosecco table
Set out a table with P
rosecco, fresh fruits, local cordials, liquors and even edible glitter to add some sparkle and let your guests make their own Prosecco cocktails. Why it’s a crowd pleaser: This is a great talking point and adds something for guests to do while photos are being taken.


This is sugar syrup, mint leaves and fresh lime juice all mushed together. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add a double shot of white rum and top off with soda, mint leaves and a lime wedge.
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: Fresh, sharp and perfect for a hot sunny day, it’s easy to make in jugs and is perfect for top-ups.

Virgin apple mojito
Follow the rules as above, but leave out the lime and swap the white rum for local cloudy apply juice with a touch of soda
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: It’s perfect for the drivers but still feels like a cocktail with its refreshing flavour.



Apple pie
This is a shot of gin, half a teaspoon of sugar and the same of cinnamon, all topped off with local apple juice and a slice of fresh apple served in an old fashioned tumbler.
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: Apples and cinnamon are the perfect autumn warming flavours.

Blackberry cordial
A tall glass topped with soda and fresh blackberries, this is seasonal and tasty.
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: It’s also perfect in a glass of fizz…



Homemade mulled wine or cider
Winter in a glass…
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: Seasonal fruits and spices make this warming winter perfection in a cup.

Warm orange, rhubarb and ginger cordial 
Why it’s a crowd pleaser:
Rich, fruity flavours packed into a glass with a winter flair.

Mugs of Hot Chocolate
Go for mugs of hot chocolate with a pimp-up table full of marshmallows, sprinkles and flakes.
Why it’s a crowd pleaser: Add a shot of Baileys, Tia Maria, brandy or Cointreau for a quirky wedding drink.

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