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Raising a Glass to Fun: How to Make Your Wedding Cocktail Hour Memorable

Spice up your wedding reception with a fun and delicious cocktail hour that will leave your guests talking for years to come. Learn how to make your cocktail hour stand out with creative and unique drink recipes, interactive stations, entertainment and more!

Cocktail hour at weddings can often be a bit of a lull in the evening's festivities. But with a little bit of creativity and effort, you can make your cocktail hour a fun and memorable experience for your guests. Here are a few ideas to get the party started:

  1. Interactive Cocktail Stations: Set up a few interactive stations where guests can make their own drinks or learn how to mix a signature cocktail. This is a great way to keep guests entertained and engaged while they wait for the reception to begin.

2. Live Music or Entertainment: Hire a live band or entertainer to perform during cocktail hour.

This can be a great way to set the mood and create a festive atmosphere.

3. Games and Activities: Set up games or activities for guests to participate in during cocktail

hour. This could include lawn games, a photo booth, or even a DIY garnish station.

But let's talk about the star of the show, the drinks! One of the best ways to make your cocktail

hour fun and delicious is by serving up unique and tasty specialty drinks.


Here are three delicious and easy to make recipes to get you started

1. The Ginger Mule:

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 oz ginger simple syrup (made by simmering equal parts sugar and water with fresh ginger until the sugar is dissolved)

  • Splash of ginger beer

  • Lime wheel for garnish

2. The Strawberry Basil Margarita:

  • 2 oz tequila

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 oz agave nectar

  • 4-5 fresh strawberries

  • 2 basil leaves

  • Salt for rim (optional)

3. The Lavender Lemon Drop

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 oz lavender simple syrup (made by simmering equal parts sugar and water with fresh lavender until the sugar is dissolved)

  • Lemon twist for garnish

These drinks are easy to make, delicious and unique. Your guests will love the variety and the flavors and will make the cocktail hour a memorable experience. Don't be afraid to get creative and have fun with your specialty drink selection. You can easily change the ingredients to reflect the wedding theme, season or personal preferences. You can also experiment with different spirits, mixers, and garnishes to create your own unique drinks. Also, don't forget to include some non-alcoholic options or mocktails for those who don't drink alcohol.

Make the cocktail hour at your wedding fun, delicious and memorable for your guests with these specialty drink ideas. Cheers!

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