The bride and groom have said their “I dos”, the view is spectacular and the ocean waves play a soothing symphony. Beach themed weddings truly are the purest manifestations of romance that people today still have a shot of experiencing at least once. Speaking of shots — the perfect way to end such an event is an evening of cheers, chatter, laughter, and awesomely-mixed drinks.
What would a party, or any social event for that matter, be without great cocktails? Here is a list of the 7 beach wedding cocktails that will make any wedding event a night to remember!
Let us start with a simple recipe that can appeal to people’s sweet tongues. Daiquiri is a general term for drinks with rum, sugar, and any time of citrus juice. A perfectly blended daiquiri has a balance between sourness and sweetness that complements the character of rum, which can be achieved using its classic recipe.
- 1 oz. citrus juice
- 1 ½ oz. light rum
- 1 tsp. refined sugar
Lime juice is popular choice when creating daiquiris. Moreover, sugar can be replaced with any other sweetener. You may also substitute water with crushed ice to create frozen daiquiri. With a drink as versatile and tasty as daiquiris, it can be hard to track how many shots you’ve had. This makes it a reasonable proposal to have some medicine for diabetes ready — just in case.
The cranberry crush is another recipe that is simple and easy, but will still deliver a flavorful drink. Just like the daiquiri, you can easily make this drink with only three ingredients.
- 2 oz. spiced rum
- 2 oz. cranberry juice (pure)
- 3 oz. spicy ginger beer
A good substitute for cranberry juice would be pomegranate juice. Just remember to use pure unsweetened juice if you don’t want the drink to be too sweet. To make a glass of cranberry crush, mix the juice with rum in a glass and top with the beer. Serve with ice.
Say you were fortunate enough to have a beach wedding in Hawaii — home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Blue Hawaii would be a fitting choice for a wedding cocktail. But even if you aren’t in Hawaii, this drink should offer you an experience that might just give you a taste of the north pacific.
- ¾ oz. vodka
- ¾ oz. light rum
- 3 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
- ½ oz. Curaçao
- 1 oz. sour mix
Take note that you can replace the sour mix with coconut cream or crème of coconut to create Blue Hawaiian or Swimming Pool cocktail. At least, you can easily expand the menu with just a single idea.
The Dalmatian cocktail may not be white, but it does have black spots. It is an intense drink that explodes with flavor and will give a lingering sensation to your mouth. At least, this should help you slow things down.
- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup crushed black pepper
- 3 oz. grapefruit juice
First, create a mixture of the water, sugar, and pepper by boiling the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1 ½ oz. of this mixture in a shaker with the rest of the ingredients and shake. Serve with ice – a lot of ice.
If you are a person who appreciates complex cocktails that can make it feel as if your taste buds are having their own party in your mouth, then the Cheshire regiment might be an excellent choice for you. Just don’t let the recipe intimidate you – it is still fairly easy to create.
- 1 oz. Pasquet Raspberry Pineau des Charentes cognac
- 1 oz. gin
- ¼ oz. simple syrup
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- 1 dash of Punt E Mes
- 3 oz. Rose Champagne
- Lemon zest
Simple sugar can be made by mixing 1 part sugar with 2 parts water. Mix everything except for the zest and champagne. Add ice and top with the champagne and sprinkle with the lemon zest. Rose Champagne can be replaced with another light rose wine.
If you want another delicious mix without being overly sophisticated, then a sweet glass of watermelon margarita could just be for you.
- ½ cup tequila
- 1 tbsp. Triple sec Curaçao
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 3 ½ cups watermelon cubes (seeded)
- 3 tbsp. lime juice
- Lime wedge
Blend the watermelon cubes, tequila, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lime juice. Pour with crushed ice and coat glass rims with lime wedge and sugar.
The French 75
Don’t let the name fool you; the French 75 was actually developed in America. Although, the name attributes to a kick that feels as if you are hit by a French 75mm gun back in the First World War. With this being said, drink with caution.
- 2 cups gin
- 1 ½ cup simple syrup
- 2 cups lemon juice
Mix everything except the champagne together. Take note that when creating your simple syrup, you can replace sugar with honey. You may also replace lemon juice with lime juice. When serving, pour 2 oz. of the mixture in a glass and top with 3.5 oz. of your choice of champagne.