Signature cocktails are a great way to personalize any event, especially weddings. They add a level of sophistication to receptions and help to convey you and your soon-to-be life partner’s personality.  If you’re not planning to hire a mixologist or professional bartender, check out the fresh ideas below – they’ll help guide you while creating a fabulous signature cocktail for that special event.


Batch cocktails are a great way to serve drinks to a large group. Almost any drink recipe can be expanded into a batch. Your first step is to decide how many drinks you’ll need for the event and multiply the quantity of each ingredient. This can be done days or even weeks before your big day, and it’s usually simple enough that you could have a family member or bridesmaid create the batch.  I also suggest choosing something served over ice or from a punch bowl for easy serving.


Another easy way to create a simple signature cocktail is by creating an infused syrup. There are so many ways to make custom syrups using things you might even have growing in your backyard! Have some rosemary or lavender growing nearby? Both of those could make excellent additions to a Moscow Mule or a spiked lemonade punch. Mojitos, margaritas, sangria, and manhattans are a few examples, but, honestly, the sky’s the limit. The goal here is for your beverage to be delicious and easy to get into the hands of the guests.


Dehydrated fruits make a fantastic garnish that can be made ahead (you could even put the food dehydrator on your shower registry) or using exotic fruits as a garnish will make a simple beverage stand out- passionfruit on a cosmopolitan? Delicious! And don’t forget that edible flowers are becoming more widely available and make the picture perfect cocktail for a spring wedding.


If you’re like me at all, you’ve got beverage stations all over your Pinterest feed. Those are made by smart brides looking to avoid stress.  A Champagne cocktail bar could be expanded to include juices (orange, peach, watermelon, pomegranate… the options are limited only by nature’s bounty), liqueurs (Aperol, St. Germain, Creme de Cassis), fresh fruits, sugar cubes and Angostura bitters. With a setup with this many options, including a few drink recipes will make guests feel more comfortable crafting their custom beverage. Moscow mules are everyone’s favorite right now, and with a few flavors of vodka and liqueurs, you’ve got a bonafide beverage bonanza.  Nearly any cocktail can be expanded into a fun beverage station.  Think about the things you and your fiancé enjoy, and turn it into a statement for your big day!

You can also choose to include children into the beverage stations by having a lemonade stand with adult add-ins out of reach of the little ones.  Or, ramp up your coffee station with a little Irish cream, coffee, and nut-flavored liqueurs.

The most important takeaway from this is that you need to enjoy your wedding day.  By creating a no (or low) hassle signature cocktail, you allow yourself to step away from the crazy that is throwing a huge party for your loved ones and actually enjoy the moment with them.

Want to learn more about making your wedding easier? Click here to check out Susie’s recent appearance on Good Morning Arkansas.

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Refreshing Cold Mint Julep for the Derby

With the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby drawing near, my mind is drawn to the most important part of race day: drinking. Specifically, racing makes me think Juleps. There’s nothing better on a hot day than this combination of bourbon, mint, sugar and crushed ice.

I love this drink because of the ritual that surrounds it. Every part of the experience has been thought out and refined over its long history. First, there is the silver cup, and then the crushed ice which makes the drink as cold as possible. The aroma is considered as well. You’ll often see a bartender clap the mint between their palms to release the mint’s aroma before topping the drink with it. A short straw is called for so that you smell the mint with every sip. Finally, tradition dictates that the drinker only touch the base or rim of the cup so as not to disturb the frozen crust of condensation.

Surprisingly, the julep can trace its history back over a thousand years. For most of that time, it was simply a type of medicine, usually a concoction of macerated flower petals and water. It wasn’t until the mid-eighteenth century that Americans began referring to their morning tipple as a “julep.” The juleps these colonial jokesters were having with breakfast were very different than the modern variation. Their cocktail contained rum instead of bourbon, only a sliver of mint, and water was called for instead of precious ice. From there, the drink grew with the new country, spreading with the colonies and adapting with the popular spirits of the day. Brandy and rye whiskey joined rum in the julep sooner than bourbon. Ice was added when possible, cut in giant blocks from frozen lakes in the north and shipped south and preserved by sawdust in ice houses. With the lack of air conditioning, the julep became America’s preferred method of staying cool. By 1938, when Churchill Downs began promoting the mint julep as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, bourbon had become the only spirit called for.

Today I offer you a few recipes so that you can taste through a few centuries of the drink’s history.

Joe Redding’s Julep (1840)

1 oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac

1 oz Smith & Cross Rum

1 oz Kopke 10yr tawny port

1 oz raw sugar syrup

6-8 mint leaves

1 mint sprig for garnish

Prescription Julep (1857)

1 ½ oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac

½ oz Rittenhouse Rye

1 oz raw sugar syrup

6-8 mint leaves

1 mint sprig for garnish

Bourbon Mint Julep (Present Day)

2 oz Henry McKenna 10yr Bourbon

1 oz raw sugar syrup

6-8 mint leaves

1 mint sprig for garnish

Keegan’s Julep

1.5 oz Pierre Ferran Ambre Cognac

.5 oz Smith & Cross Rum

1 oz raw sugar syrup

6-8 mint leaves

1 mint sprig for garnish

All four recipes are prepared the same way. Take the mint in your hand and press it firmly with your thumb so that it releases its essential oil. Add the pressed mint leaves, spirit, and sugar to a mixing glass and stir with ice until well chilled. Pour the mixture over crushed ice in a julep cup. Top with more crushed ice so that it mounds above the rim of the cup. Take your mint sprig and clap it between your hands to release the aroma and nestle the sprig in the ice. At first, the flavor may be too intense but take your time. As the ice melts, it will mellow the flavor.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Looking for some out of this world cocktails to accompany your 7 movie marathon? We’ve got you covered with 6 (inter)steller recipes!

Coruscant Connection

Being a Galactic Senate is hard work! Relax with a Coruscant Connection. It’s the perfect drink for unwittingly giving rise to a new galactic order. 


1 part Cognac

1 park Luxardo Amaretto 

Pour all ingredients directly into old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.

Tatooine Sunset

Two suns mean that it’s twice as hot on Tattooine, and that you’ll be excused for needing two of these to cool off!


3 oz. Lagioiosa Prosecco DOCG

1 oz. Aperol

Splash of soda water

Build into glass over ice, garnish with orange and serve.

Princess Royale

Naboo. Alderaan. Yavin. Every planet needs a princess, and there’s no drink more royal than this one!


.75 oz Crème de Violette

5 oz Champagne

Pour into Champagne flute and garnish with lemon, cherry, or blackberry (dependant upon house colors)

Jakku Sandstorm

When the wind starts to blow you’re in for one wild time! Settle back with this drink and watch the sand fly!


1.5 oz White rum

.5 oz Ancho Reyes chile liquor

1 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz simple syrup

Club soda

Combine rum, Ancho Reyes, syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass and top off with club soda. Garnish with lemon.


It may be cold outside, but things are just heating up with this cocktail!

2 oz gin

1 oz Cointreau

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 egg white (option)
Combine all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dark Lord of the Spritz

Take a sip on the dark side! The perfect chaser to destroying worlds and killing Jedi.

1.5 oz Chambord Liqueur

4 oz dry white wine

Soda water

Take a large wine glass and fill it up with ice. Add Chambord, white wine, and soda. Stir and garnish with the lightsabers of your fallen enemies.