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Want to hear a little secret? When you serve a signature cocktail at your wedding, it’ll probably be the number one thing your guests order at the bar. And for good reason! Just like your loved ones will be excited to ooh and aah over your reception decor, a special drink becomes a part of the experience you’ve created for them to enjoy. They can sip wine or beer at any party, but when they taste a special Rhubarb-Strawberry Daiquiri created just for your summer wedding, they get to use a whole different sense to get to know y’all little bit better.

We asked our mixology pro friends from one of Charleston’s favorite services, Squeeze Cocktail & Beverage Catering, to teach us a few signature drink-worthy recipes, as well as a few Southern spins on these classic cocktails. Plan at at-home date night with your fiance to test a few out and choose the perfect fit for your celebration!

Thank you to Blue Ribbon Vendor Katelyn James for these lovely photos!

The Moscow Mule:
2 oz Tito’s Vodka
4 oz Ginger beer
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
Lime peel garnish

Fill a copper mug with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in mug. Garnish with lime peel.

The Southern Mule:
2 oz Tito’s Vodka
3 oz Ginger beer
1 oz Local strawberry puree
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
Lime peel garnish

Fill a copper mug or glass with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in glass. Garnish with lime peel.

The Hemingway Daiquiri:
2 oz White rum
1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur
3/4 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup
Cherry garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass or the coupe glass of your choice. Garnish with a cherry.

The Rhubarb-Strawberry Daiquiri:
2 oz White run/Cachaca
1 oz Local strawberry puree
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup
Strawberry slice garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe glass of your choice. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

The Mint Julep:
3 oz Bourbon
1 oz Mint simple syrup
Large mint sprig garnish

Fill a julep cup with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in cup. Garnish with a large mint sprig.

The Blueberry-Mint Market Julep:
2 oz Bourbon
2 oz Blueberry-mint reduction
Large mint sprig garnish
Blueberry garnish

Fill a julep cup with crushed ice. Combine all ingredients in cup. Garnish with mint sprig and blueberries.

The Gin Fizz:
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1 oz Club soda
1 oz Lemon juice
3/4 oz Simple syrup
1 Egg white (1/2 oz)
Lemon peel garnish

Add the club soda to a Fizz or Collins glass and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and shake without ice for about ten seconds. Add three or four ice cubes and shake very well. Double-strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

The Ginger Fizz:
2 oz Plymouth gin
1 oz Club soda
1 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Ginger simple syrup
1 Egg white (1/2 oz)
Orange peel garnish

Shake the gin, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters with ice. Strain and serve in a highball glass with two ice cubes. Fill glass with club soda. Garnish with an orange peel.

Cheers, y’all!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    In the Southern Weddings office, we’re quite smitten with all things signature drink-related, especially when it comes to styling them. (Just check out our office parties here and here!) We’ve seen our share of striped paper straws, drink flags and stirrers (though we still adore all of them!), but we’ve yet to see a option as sparkly yet eco-friendly as stainless steel straws.

    When Hannah, the president of Essential Safe Products sent over images from her recent wedding and a description of the not-as-wasteful steel straw options, we knew we had a winner!

    Image above from Alain Martinez Photography, graphic by me, Nicole!

    How adorable would these straws be standing inside mason jars or even daintily propped inside a champagne flute like in Hannah’s wedding? Don’t you want to always drink out of a pretty straw now?

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    1. Leave a comment below telling us what your signature wedding drink will be!
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    Win: Five sets of stainless steel straws from Essential Safe Products for your delicious signature drink!

    This giveaway closes on June 13 at midnight. Good luck!

    nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    1. avatar Ashley reply

      We will be having two signature drinks..Lynchburg Lemonade (made with Jack D) for the groom and a Pink Lemonade Margarita (in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the day we got engaged) for me! Our ceremony and reception are taking place outdoors in the Florida heat, so what better way to cool down and quench your thirst than a nice cold [spiked] lemonade! :)

    2. avatar Lorri Adair reply

      We are doing a spiked minted lemonade!

    3. avatar Mary Ann reply

      Both of our names start with the letter M so we are having personalized Mojitos and Margaritas! The wedding is taking place on the Texas/Mexico boarder and my fiance is Puerto Rican so it all works!

    4. avatar Kristyn reply

      We haven’t completely decided what we will be doing for the drinks yet but I am leaning towards having a bourbon bar for the guys and a cocktail bar for the ladies. If we don’t do that, we will do at least 2 signature drinks! I would love to use these in either mason jars or mint julep cups!

    5. avatar Kristyn reply

      I tweeted about it! @fireflycarolina

    6. avatar Courtney reply

      A mojito! That is our favorite drink and I couldn’t imagine the day without one :)

    7. avatar Katie O’Keefe reply

      My best friend is getting married soon and their signature drink is sweet tea in mason jars. These straws would be so fun and would glam things up a bit!

    8. avatar Sarah reply

      My signature drink would be sweet tea vodka and lemonade!! love the straws!

    9. avatar Katie Johnston reply

      Maria + Jack

    10. avatar Kelsey reply

      We’re not having a signature drink; per se, but we are having a bourbon tasting bar! Bourbon (neat) is my fiancé’s drink of choice, and he’s so excited to be able to share some of his favorite small batches with all our guests.

    11. avatar Kelsey reply

      Tweeted! :)

    12. avatar Katie O”Keefe reply

      Just tweeted! (@katieokeefeblog)

    13. avatar Stephanie reply

      We are having a signature drink that rivals our favorite from a local bar! It is champagne with sparkling grape juice, mixed with a few other secrets :)

    14. avatar Tracy reply

      A Good Ol’ Fashioned Bloody Mary

    15. avatar Tracy reply

      I entered my tweet—-A Good Ol’ Fashioned Bloody Mary

    16. avatar Sheila Marie reply

      We’ll be having margaritas (it’s what he drank on our first date and I thought he was weird) and sweet tea vodka with lemonade. We plan to have catchy names for them, but that’ll come later! :)

    17. avatar Chloe Budd reply

      Tweeted! (@Chloe_Budd)

    18. avatar Chloe Budd reply

      My fiancé is a sweet, southern Georgia gentleman so we will be having a sweet tea for him and a champagne drink for me. We also will be having a champagne brunch the morning after with everyone where we will be serving a wonderful pomegranate champagne punch as well as a variety of options for mimosas. These straws would be too cute!

    19. avatar Bre reply

      We are so excited for our signature cocktails!

      His name is Ben and my name is Bre so our signature cocktails are going to be the “Ben and Tonic” and the “Bretini” after our favorite drinks :)

    20. avatar Megan reply

      Our signature cocktail would have to be the Final Ward, a twist on the Last Word: equal parts rye whiskey, green chartreuse, maraschino, and lemon juice. Hearty yet fresh, and pairs well with stainless steel!

    21. avatar Sara reply

      Not finalized but probably doing both vodka and sweet tea and vodka pink lemonade with pink straws as signature drinks…in a mason jar of course! So cute…do thy come in pink? :)

    22. avatar Sandra DeHart reply

      Being a Southern Girl myself, I vote for Taylor and Zach Wedding at the Cotton Plantation.

    23. avatar Sloan reply

      We are having His and Hers signature drinks, usually because I think signature drinks tend to be on the girly side. His will be Jack Daniels on the rocks (we will have mixers for guests who choose to do so), but we are still working on mine!

    24. avatar Katie S. reply

      I’m still deciding on my signature drink, but my fiance has requested Transfusions! It’s the perfect summer drink and a specialty at the country club where we’re having our reception– vodka, sprite, and a splash of grape juice! yummy!

    25. avatar Shannon reply

      My signature cocktail will be a blood orange champagne cocktail with a sugared rim – anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy for champagne cocktails!

    26. avatar Meg S reply

      I don’t know yet! I’m thinking about doing some variation of the Honey Badger.

    27. avatar Kristen reply

      We are doing an English traditional Pimms No1 Cup to coordinate with our English country theme.

    28. avatar lena reply

      Since we’re planning a brunch wedding, I’ll be sipping on a Corpse Reviver No. 2–it’s a classic morning cocktail and one of my favorites any time of day!

    29. avatar cathy steiner reply

      Our signature drink for the Big Day will be top shelf Margaritas! We are using Cabo Wabo tequila (my favorite), and have ordered various fruit purees for guests who wish to add a twist to their classic. We’re calling it a “McKnight-A-Rita” since that is our new shared surname :)

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