50 Signature Cocktails for Summer Weddings

Whether your summer nuptials are happening inside or outside, you'll want to keep your guests cool and refreshed with a top-notch signature cocktail that captures the flavors and feeling of summer. Of course, your wedding details are up to your taste (and your soon-to-be spouse's), but remember this: Your signature cocktails can set the tone[1] of your wedding just as much as the reception decor, music, and food.

Can't you just picture it? Your guests mingling in their best wedding-ready summer attire[2], beneath twinkling lights and floral arrangements[3], sipping on something slushy or fruity or both. That has all the makings of a beautiful summer wedding that your guests will never forget.

The best part about choosing a specialty cocktail for the night is you don't have to choose just one. If you love tequila but your spouse is more into rum, combine your tastes with a cocktail made for each of you. Our list below has a great mix, with flavor profiles ranging from unexpected (Bar Lab's Put a Ring on It) to classic (the Boiler Mule by Bob Peters).

See also: The Best Margarita Your Wedding Guests Have Ever Tasted[4]

You'll likely only choose a couple of cocktails—unless you're dreaming up a cocktail-centric reception[5]—so try some of these at home before you talk to your caterer or bartender about what you want. Whichever signature cocktails you choose, the guests will be happy—who doesn't enjoy a good drink to celebrate love and happiness?

Coconut Margarita

Courtesy of With Salt and Wit

Even if your wedding isn't beachside, your guests will be feeling ocean vibes[6] with this creamy take on a margarita. Made with coconut milk and water, it gets its kick from tequila blanco and triple sec, and its tang from fresh squeezed lime.

Get the recipe here[7].

Spring Is In The Air

Anya Montague

A simple cocktail deserves a simply elegant presentation. This combination of gin, vermouth, and St. Germain is easy on the palate—and on the eyes.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • 1 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Martini Ambratto
  • 2 dashes orange blossom salive solution
  • Basil or basil flower for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass with a single jumbo ice cube.

St. Germain Prosecco

Sid Hoeltzell

If you love elderflower and want it to shine a bit more, try this stripped down cocktail with just Prosecco, St. Germain, bitters, and lemon. This recipe is courtesy of Santa Margherita wine.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • ½ part Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • 1/2 part St. Germain
  • 2-3 drops Angostura Bitters per glass
  • Lemon slices as garnish

Directions: Pour St. Germain into wine glasses, add drops of Angostura bitters. Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Sparkling Summer Peach

Beautiful Booze

Even if you're not usually a fan of vodka, the mellow fruit flavors in this drink might change your mind. Pineapple and lime juices come together for a bright, sweet, and slightly tangy addition to the peach-infused spirit. Sparkling wine on top is the perfect finishing touch.

Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.

  • 2 ounces Seagram’s Peach Vodka
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Sparkling wine (to top)

Directions: Add all ingredients except sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish & enjoy!

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Don't worry about summer heat getting your guests down. With this fizzy sipper they'll cool down, and be ready to party, in no time. All your bartender needs for this cocktail: Prosecco, limoncello, frozen raspberries and some refreshing sprigs of mint.

Get the recipe here.[8]

The Royal Wedding

Anya Montague

Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials will happen just before summer begins, it will undoubtedly be the wedding of the year. That means you should feel free to sip on something royal wedding-inspired at least until their first anniversary.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • 1 oz Cazadores Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Kaffir lime infused St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Noilly Dry
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 5 dashes chartreuse
  • Kaffir lime leaf for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake lightly. Pour into a coupette and garnish with kaffir lime leaf.

Corralejo Tequila Tiki

Beautiful Booze

Banana syrup may sound like an unlikely pairing for tequila, but its sweetness is tempered by sour lime juice and rounded out by bitters. The recipe is simple but the flavor profile is complex in the best way.

Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.

  • 2 ounces Corralejo Silver
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce banana syrup
  • 5 dashes of aromatic bitters

Directions: Crush ice ahead of time. Add all ingredients except bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over crushed ice. Top with bitters. Garnish & enjoy!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade

Courtesy of Life of a Strawberry

Nothing says summer like a fresh glass of lemonade. But nothing says summer wedding like a blackberry and whiskey version of the season's classic. You can serve this cocktail made-to-order, or have large pitchers on hand[9] for quick pouring.

Get the recipe—and insider tips—here[10].

I Do

Anya Montague

The subtle orange tinge of this cocktail is a perfect backdrop for deep, burnt orange and burgundy floral garnishes. Of course, a sprig of baby's breath—or any other delicate flower—would be just as stunning.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • 2 1/2 oz Beeswax Dewars 12
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Orange twist and nasturtium flowers for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass with a single jumbo ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist and nasturtium flowers for garnish.

Strawberry Basil Paloma

Beautiful Booze

A traditional Paloma combines three parts grapefruit soda and one part tequila. This fruiter update brings agave syrup and strawberries into the mix for added sweetness, and balances it with vegetal notes from the basil leaves. The basil gets shaken with all the ingredients (except the soda—too fizzy!) to make sure that flavor is distributed throughout.

Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.

  • 2 ounces Los Arangos Reposad
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce agave syrup
  • 2 chopped strawberries
  • 5 basil leaves
  • Soda to top
  • Smoked sea salt to rim

Directions: Rim your glass with smoked sea salt. Combine all ingredients except soda in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a hi-ball glass over fresh ice. Top with soda. Garnish & enjoy!

Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea

Courtesy of Host the Toast

Throwing a southern wedding[11]? Go classic with a good ol' glass of sweet tea, sweetened even more with peach preserves and lemon juice. And of course, spike it with bourbon.

Get the recipe here.[12]

St. Germain Spritz

Anya Montague

This classic (featured in the April/May 2018 issue of Brides) is so simple but so perfect. The recipe is foolproof, so this cocktail will always taste just right.

  • 2 parts Martini & Rossi Prosecco
  • 1½ parts St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 2 parts sparkling water

Directions: Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Martini & Rossi first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda (the order is essential). Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist.

Rum Orange Swizzle

Courtesy of Jelly Toast Blog

Orange you so happy you just tied the knot? Your guests sure will be once they've had a sip of this wedding cocktail. It's made with summer's booze-of-choice, rum, and stirred with fresh squeezed orange juice, a sugar cube, maraschino liquor, and bitters. Don't forget the cherry on top!

Get the recipe here.[13]

Italian Sling

Courtesy of KLGPR

A classic Gin Sling (which dates all the way back to the 1930s) contains lemon juice, cherry juice, dry gin and club soda. This twist adds simple syrup, vermouth and bitters—almost like a cross between the OG Sling and a Negroni, another summer staple.

Recipe courtesy of Malfy Gin.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Malfy Gin
  • 1 oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dash Angostura bitters
  • Club Soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass with a single jumbo ice cube.

Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch

Courtesy of Whitney Bond

Big batch cocktails can be a lifesaver when it comes to time and money[14] at your wedding. Consider this sweet, tart, and subtly spicy summer punch for yours. It gets its fizz from ginger beer and sparkling wine, and it's tang from a fresh squeezed grapefruits.

Get the recipe here.[15]

Blueberry Ginger Mule

Courtesy of KLGPR

A Moscow Mule practically screams 'summer!'—a bright cocktail inside a frosty copper mug, keeping everything cool in the summer heat. This recipe used lemon-infused vodka and a homemade blueberry cordial. Yum!

Recipe courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka.

For the mule:

  • 1 oz Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
  • 1 oz Deep Eddy Straight Vodka
  • 2 oz blueberry cordial*
  • Goya Ginger Beer

Directions: Combine all ingredients with in a copper mug filled with crushed ice.

For the blueberry cordial:

  • 1 lb. frozen blueberries
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup white vinegar

Directions: Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and blueberries burst. Cool and strain.

Woodford Spire

Courtesy of KLGPR

Bourbon lovers, this one's for you. It doesn't get much simpler than this. Cranberry lemonade with your favorite spirit—can't you just see yourself sitting on a porch swing and sipping this as the summer sun goes down?

Recipe courtesy of Woodford Reserve.

  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1 oz cranberry
  • Lemon twist garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass with a single jumbo ice cube or copper cup filled with crushed ice.

Don't Worry About It

Courtesy of KLGPR

Gamble Scrantom of Bar Biscay in Chicago dreamt up this beautiful concoction. Rose ale and honey add floral notes that are balanced by bitters and a salty rim. It'll look pretty in pictures and you'll probably want to go back for another round.

Recipe courtesy of Gamble Scrantom.

  • 1.5 oz Novo Fogo Tanager
  • 0.5 oz Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc
  • 0.5 oz lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz honey syrup
  • 3 drops Hellfire bitters
  • Forbidden Root Sparkling Rose Ale to top
  • Guajillo and salt rim

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass with a few large ice cubes.

Strawberry Mamie Taylor

Who says a scotch whiskey drink can't be fruity? Strawberry puree gives this cocktail a frothy finish, and the ginger cuts the sweetness. Whip this up just in time for strawberry season.

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2 parts Monkey Shoulder
  • .5 parts Lemon juice
  • .75 parts ginger syrup
  • .25 parts strawberry puree
  • Soda water to top

Directions: Shake all ingredients, pour into a highball glass with a few ice cubes, then top with soda.

Lobo Negro

Blackberries and ginger isn't exactly a classic flavor combo, but they balance each other out to be a delicious base for smoky mezcal and tart lime juice—the perfect use for ripe summer berries.

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2 parts Montelobos Mezcal
  • 3/4 part ginger syrup
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 4 blackberries

Directions: Add blackberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Combine the rest of the ingredients and shake well to mix. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with 3 blackberries on a pick.

Ancho Verde Margarita

Alain Hain

A well-made classic margarita is a good go-to any time of year, but summertime practically calls for a balance of sweet, sour, and salty.

  • 1 part Milagro Silver Tequila
  • 1 part Ancho Reyes Verde
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/3 part Agave Nectar

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice, shake hard and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with half its rim salted. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Little Devil

Alain Hain

Maple syrup usually pairs well with fall flavors, but in this case, it adds a richer sweetness to the citrusy base of this vodka cocktail. Soda water adds a few bubbles to make it feel even more festive.

  • 1 ¾ oz Reyka vodka
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz maple syrup B grade
  • ¾ oz Ancho Reyes
  • Soda water to top

Directions: Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker. Shake, strain, and serve.

Highland Sour

Alain Hain

A frothy egg white elevates any cocktail, and this sour is no different. It's super versatile, allowing you to spike with scotch or mezcal, and giving you the choice of orange or strawberry preserves. Just another way to customize every detail of your wedding.

  • 1 part Drambuie
  • .50 part Blended Scotch or Mezcal
  • .50 part Cynar
  • .25 part Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Chameleon Mexican Coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon preserves Orange or Strawberry
  • .75 part or 1 egg white

Directions: Combine with ice, shake, double-strain, and serve. Garnish with Dash of Angostura Bitters.

Hudson Valley Cooler

This is a great cocktail because it will transition so easily from summer to fall—the citrus feels summery and the apple cider is true to autumn, so you can carry this drink through multiple seasons!

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
  • 1⁄2 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 part real maple syrup
  • 2 parts fresh apple cider
  • Apple slices for garnish

Directions: Add lemon juice, maple syrup, and Maple Cask Rye to a shaker with ice and shake briefly to combine and chill. Strain over fresh ice cubes into a rocks glass and top with apple cider. Stir to combine and garnish with apple slices.

Flor de Caña Piña Colada

This is a classic piña colada in all its glory: rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream with crushed ice for blended bliss in a glass. For a tropical destination wedding, this is what guests will be craving.

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2.5 parts Flor de Caña 7 Rum
  • 3 parts pineapple juice
  • 1 part coconut cream

Directions: Combine the FDC 7, pineapple juice and coconut cream in a blender. Add cup of crushed ice and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Awkwardly Tongue Tied

Death & Co

This gin-based drink combines a proven pair—pineapple and lime juices—with two unexpected ingredients: cinnamon syrup, and Orgeat syrup made of almonds and cane sugar. It's unlikely your guests have tasted anything like it before, but they'll likely be back to the bar for more.

Get the recipe here.[16]

Mai Tai

Rachel + Huy Tamiz Photography

This variation might surprise guests who have tried adaptations of this cocktail, whose "legacy has been tarnished by decades of overly-sweet concentrate juices" according to Perfect Pour's Ross Steidel. Instead, this one is reminiscent of the nutty, citric, boozy original.

Get the recipe here.[17]

Whose Line Is It Hemingway

If you've already got your sights set on a beachy destination wedding, this might be the cocktail for you. It's a riff on a Hemingway daiquiri, adding mezcal, a spicy rum concoction, and a Blue Curaçao floater. Not only is it a beautiful drink, it's perfectly refreshing for a summer celebration.

Get the recipe here.[18]

Put a Ring On It

Bar Lab

Tangerine juice and a pink peppercorn reduction aren't exactly the first ingredients you'll grab to stock your bar cart at home. That's what makes this the perfect curveball cocktail for a summer wedding. It looks stunning, tastes great, and will keep your guests talking (and returning to the bar) all night!

Get the recipe here.[19]

Boiler Mule

The Punch Room

Something about the copper mug and short list of ingredients will always make the mule a crowd-pleaser. This one calls for ginger brew or ginger kombucha, but if you or your bartender have a favorite ginger beer, swap it in! As long as you've got ginger, vodka, and lime juice, you've got a mule in the making.

Get the recipe here.[20]

Champagne Cobbler

Front of House NYC

Another simple drink, this will make a lot of folks happy. Champagne (or a less-expensive bubbly[21] like Prosecco), fresh citrus, and simple syrup are all you need.

Get the recipe here.[22]

Sandia Sour

Amity Mason Photography

Watermelon is arguably the official fruit of summertime, and it's all up in this drink—watermelon gastrique and watermelon juice join tarragon to create a subtly fruity, surprisingly herbaceous sip that packs a punch from tequila and cachaca. Lime juice, sparkling water, and a pinch of sea salt pump up the flavors and blend them beautifully on the palate.

Get the recipe here.[23]

Tropical Negroni

Courtesy of Beautiful Booze

Whatever you think a negroni should taste like, forget it for a second and check out this drink. It's got the vermouth and Campari, but swaps in rum (or tequila) where the gin would usually be. Then it balances this boozy beverage with strawberry simple syrup and pineapple juice. The pineapple "glass" is a nice touch but not necessary—especially considering your guests will likely go back for seconds and thirds.

Get the recipe here.[24]

Dragon Bramble

Dragon fruit puree isn't usually fully stocked behind the bar, but this cocktail is worth that hassle. So is the blackberry simple syrup, which is floated on top after the gin and lemon juice join dragon fruit in the rocks glass. If you're going with millennial pink anything[25], this drink will definitely match.

Get the recipe here.[26]

Equinox Vibes

Ross, master mixer at Perfect Pour, promises that even lifelong gin deniers will question their rationale after sipping this drink. Juniper, lemongrass, and citrus notes meld beautifully into what Ross calls "a no-brainer for any summertime shindig."

Get the recipe here.[27]

French 75

This is about as simple (and delicious) as it gets. Gin and prosecco, lemon juice and simple syrup—a balanced, refreshing combination.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 2 oz Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz gin
  • 2 dashes simple syrup

Directions: Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top up with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore and stir gently.

Night at the Dewsco

Front of House NYC

This twist on the French 75 adds honeydew and wildflower honey to lemon juice and sparkling wine. The result is a deliciously frothy and sweet cocktail tastefully served in a flute.

Get the recipe here.[28]

Best Man's Julep

Bar Lab

Let's be clear: this is not your average mint julep. The bourbon is there, but the mint comes in the form of a chocolate candy, and the pinkish color comes from a mixed berry reduction. If a classic julep weren't already the cool, calm, collected drink of the summer, this twist certainly is.

Get the recipe here.[29]

Lilikoi Daquiri

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Perfect Pour's head mixologist says the ingredients here are simple: "booze, sugar, and citrus." And he's right. Lilikoi (yellow passionfruit) is blended with rum and lime juice for the ultimate refreshing summer sip.

Get the recipe here.[30]

Makin Love at Midnight

Front of House NYC

Okay, we know a Piña Colada is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a signature cocktail, but this one makes strides to cut sweetness and heighten flavor. Most importantly, it swaps out rum in favor of "dryer, greener" cachaca.

Get the recipe here.[31]

Summer Bouquet

Courtesy of Beautiful Booze

The name and look of this cocktail is enough to catch the eye, but the details might help convince you to serve this at your wedding. Practically speaking, it can be made in large quantities. Just add ice to a beverage dispenser and voila! Self-serve. In case you want to keep things controlled behind the bar, the bartender can garnish with mini-bouquets of your choice. Hint: consider edible flowers similar to the bridal party bouquets.

Get the recipe here.[32]

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer

Peaches are in their peak during the summer, so capitalize on the sweetness of the fruit then temper it with the craft ginger beer for a refreshing treat.

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[33].

  • 1.5 oz. Handcrafted Peach Vodka
  • 3.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango
  • Sliced fresh peaches

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and sliced peaches and stir.

Bolivian Pisco Ginger Beer Mojito

Pisco is a lightly-colored brandy made in Peru and Chile using fermented grape juice. In this drink, Pisco is paired with the ingredients of a classic mojito, then topped with ginger beer for a tasty twist.

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[34].

  • Lime
  • Mint Leaves
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1.5 oz Pisco
  • Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer

Directions: Muddle lime, mint leaves and sugar cube. Add juice from one half a lime, 1.5 oz of Pisco and top with Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer.

Strawberry Basil Mule

What's better than a classic Moscow mule? One that amps up the flavor with basil and fresh strawberries. Drink this all summer and you'll be craving it the rest of the year!

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[35].

  • 8 Strawberries
  • Half a Lime
  • Basil Sprig
  • 1.5oz Premium Vodka
  • 3.5oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Lemon & Lime

Directions: Muddle fresh strawberries (roughly 6), 2 lime wedges and basil in a copper mule mug. Top with Ice, Vodka and Brooklyn Crafted. Garnish with Strawberry and Lime wedge and basil leaves.

Diablo

Creme de cassis, a black currant liqueur, gives this drink a syrupy base that balances perfectly with the slight saltiness of the tequila and tartness of the lime juice. Ginger ale marries the flavors beautifully.

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[36].

  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz creme de cassis
  • 1.5 oz El Tesoro Reposado tequila
  • 4 oz Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Original

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir.

Sparkling Punch

Sid Hoeltzell

Doesn't this just look like a summer cocktail? It's got the bonafide summertime wine—rosé—and ripe fresh strawberries, thinly sliced to add extra color and flavor. Limoncello is an unexpected but yummy addition.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 1 750-ml bottle chilled Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé
  • 3/4 cup limoncello
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, 1 cup quartered fresh strawberries, 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed

Directions: In a large pitcher, combine the limoncello, raspberries and strawberries. Top with the chilled rosé champagne and stir in half of the lemon wheels. Pour into old-fashioned glass with ice. Place fruit in each glass and garnish with a lemon wheel, and be sure each glass contains fresh berries.

Cucumber Lime & Basil Prosecco Spritzer

This one's for the summer sippers who don't want something too sweet. Cucumber and basil have distinctly vegetal flavor, so the only sweetness comes from the Prosecco.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 1 limes juiced
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG to top

Directions: Muddle lime juice, basil and cucumber in a shaker glass. (For extra flavor infusion, allow mixture to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.) Add ice and shake mixture. Strain the juice only (about ½ oz.) into a Prosecco glass. Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and garnish with a basil leaf and cucumber slice.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

When looking for fresh summer produce for a yummy cocktail, don't forget about raspberries. They're small but pack a sweet punch that's heightened in this cocktail by lemon and sugar.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup Lemon Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Rind, Grated
  • 1 Cup Muddled Raspberries

Directions: Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries. Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in pitcher. Sprinkle remaining lemon rind and raspberries among the glasses.

Ginger Sage

Sid Hoeltzell

Sage and ginger might sound more appropriate for cooking than for mixing up signature cocktails, but that's what makes this one special. It's a little sweet and subtly fruit, and your guests will never see this flavor combo coming.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
  • 20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)

Directions: In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves. Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsps of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore and serve.

Sparkling Hibiscus

Sid Hoeltzell

The best kind of edible flower is one that gives a pop of fresh flavor. The hibiscus syrup in this cocktail gives it a not-too-sweet base for the Prosecco. As an added bonus, a single hibiscus bloom rests at the bottom of the glass.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
  • 8 tsps of hibiscus syrup used to pack the flowers

Directions: Place a whole hibiscus flower in the bottom of glass. Fill glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore to ¾” of the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsps of the hibiscus syrup down the interior side of each glass.

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50 Signature Cocktails for Summer Weddings

Whether your summer nuptials are happening inside or outside, you'll want to keep your guests cool and refreshed with a top-notch signature cocktail that captures the flavors and feeling of summer. Of course, your wedding details are up to your taste (and your soon-to-be spouse's), but remember this: Your signature cocktails can set the tone[1] of your wedding just as much as the reception decor, music, and food.

Can't you just picture it? Your guests mingling in their best wedding-ready summer attire[2], beneath twinkling lights and floral arrangements[3], sipping on something slushy or fruity or both. That has all the makings of a beautiful summer wedding that your guests will never forget.

The best part about choosing a specialty cocktail for the night is you don't have to choose just one. If you love tequila but your spouse is more into rum, combine your tastes with a cocktail made for each of you. Our list below has a great mix, with flavor profiles ranging from unexpected (Bar Lab's Put a Ring on It) to classic (the Boiler Mule by Bob Peters).

See also: The Best Margarita Your Wedding Guests Have Ever Tasted[4]

You'll likely only choose a couple of cocktails—unless you're dreaming up a cocktail-centric reception[5]—so try some of these at home before you talk to your caterer or bartender about what you want. Whichever signature cocktails you choose, the guests will be happy—who doesn't enjoy a good drink to celebrate love and happiness?

Coconut Margarita

Courtesy of With Salt and Wit

Even if your wedding isn't beachside, your guests will be feeling ocean vibes[6] with this creamy take on a margarita. Made with coconut milk and water, it gets its kick from tequila blanco and triple sec, and its tang from fresh squeezed lime.

Get the recipe here[7].

Spring Is In The Air

Anya Montague

A simple cocktail deserves a simply elegant presentation. This combination of gin, vermouth, and St. Germain is easy on the palate—and on the eyes.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • 1 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Martini Ambratto
  • 2 dashes orange blossom salive solution
  • Basil or basil flower for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass with a single jumbo ice cube.

St. Germain Prosecco

Sid Hoeltzell

If you love elderflower and want it to shine a bit more, try this stripped down cocktail with just Prosecco, St. Germain, bitters, and lemon. This recipe is courtesy of Santa Margherita wine.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • ½ part Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • 1/2 part St. Germain
  • 2-3 drops Angostura Bitters per glass
  • Lemon slices as garnish

Directions: Pour St. Germain into wine glasses, add drops of Angostura bitters. Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Sparkling Summer Peach

Beautiful Booze

Even if you're not usually a fan of vodka, the mellow fruit flavors in this drink might change your mind. Pineapple and lime juices come together for a bright, sweet, and slightly tangy addition to the peach-infused spirit. Sparkling wine on top is the perfect finishing touch.

Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.

  • 2 ounces Seagram’s Peach Vodka
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Sparkling wine (to top)

Directions: Add all ingredients except sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish & enjoy!

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Don't worry about summer heat getting your guests down. With this fizzy sipper they'll cool down, and be ready to party, in no time. All your bartender needs for this cocktail: Prosecco, limoncello, frozen raspberries and some refreshing sprigs of mint.

Get the recipe here.[8]

The Royal Wedding

Anya Montague

Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials will happen just before summer begins, it will undoubtedly be the wedding of the year. That means you should feel free to sip on something royal wedding-inspired at least until their first anniversary.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • 1 oz Cazadores Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Kaffir lime infused St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Noilly Dry
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 5 dashes chartreuse
  • Kaffir lime leaf for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake lightly. Pour into a coupette and garnish with kaffir lime leaf.

Corralejo Tequila Tiki

Beautiful Booze

Banana syrup may sound like an unlikely pairing for tequila, but its sweetness is tempered by sour lime juice and rounded out by bitters. The recipe is simple but the flavor profile is complex in the best way.

Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.

  • 2 ounces Corralejo Silver
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce banana syrup
  • 5 dashes of aromatic bitters

Directions: Crush ice ahead of time. Add all ingredients except bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over crushed ice. Top with bitters. Garnish & enjoy!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade

Courtesy of Life of a Strawberry

Nothing says summer like a fresh glass of lemonade. But nothing says summer wedding like a blackberry and whiskey version of the season's classic. You can serve this cocktail made-to-order, or have large pitchers on hand[9] for quick pouring.

Get the recipe—and insider tips—here[10].

I Do

Anya Montague

The subtle orange tinge of this cocktail is a perfect backdrop for deep, burnt orange and burgundy floral garnishes. Of course, a sprig of baby's breath—or any other delicate flower—would be just as stunning.

Recipe courtesy of St. Germain.

  • 2 1/2 oz Beeswax Dewars 12
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Orange twist and nasturtium flowers for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass with a single jumbo ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist and nasturtium flowers for garnish.

Strawberry Basil Paloma

Beautiful Booze

A traditional Paloma combines three parts grapefruit soda and one part tequila. This fruiter update brings agave syrup and strawberries into the mix for added sweetness, and balances it with vegetal notes from the basil leaves. The basil gets shaken with all the ingredients (except the soda—too fizzy!) to make sure that flavor is distributed throughout.

Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.

  • 2 ounces Los Arangos Reposad
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce agave syrup
  • 2 chopped strawberries
  • 5 basil leaves
  • Soda to top
  • Smoked sea salt to rim

Directions: Rim your glass with smoked sea salt. Combine all ingredients except soda in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a hi-ball glass over fresh ice. Top with soda. Garnish & enjoy!

Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea

Courtesy of Host the Toast

Throwing a southern wedding[11]? Go classic with a good ol' glass of sweet tea, sweetened even more with peach preserves and lemon juice. And of course, spike it with bourbon.

Get the recipe here.[12]

St. Germain Spritz

Anya Montague

This classic (featured in the April/May 2018 issue of Brides) is so simple but so perfect. The recipe is foolproof, so this cocktail will always taste just right.

  • 2 parts Martini & Rossi Prosecco
  • 1½ parts St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
  • 2 parts sparkling water

Directions: Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Martini & Rossi first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda (the order is essential). Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist.

Rum Orange Swizzle

Courtesy of Jelly Toast Blog

Orange you so happy you just tied the knot? Your guests sure will be once they've had a sip of this wedding cocktail. It's made with summer's booze-of-choice, rum, and stirred with fresh squeezed orange juice, a sugar cube, maraschino liquor, and bitters. Don't forget the cherry on top!

Get the recipe here.[13]

Italian Sling

Courtesy of KLGPR

A classic Gin Sling (which dates all the way back to the 1930s) contains lemon juice, cherry juice, dry gin and club soda. This twist adds simple syrup, vermouth and bitters—almost like a cross between the OG Sling and a Negroni, another summer staple.

Recipe courtesy of Malfy Gin.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Malfy Gin
  • 1 oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dash Angostura bitters
  • Club Soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass with a single jumbo ice cube.

Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch

Courtesy of Whitney Bond

Big batch cocktails can be a lifesaver when it comes to time and money[14] at your wedding. Consider this sweet, tart, and subtly spicy summer punch for yours. It gets its fizz from ginger beer and sparkling wine, and it's tang from a fresh squeezed grapefruits.

Get the recipe here.[15]

Blueberry Ginger Mule

Courtesy of KLGPR

A Moscow Mule practically screams 'summer!'—a bright cocktail inside a frosty copper mug, keeping everything cool in the summer heat. This recipe used lemon-infused vodka and a homemade blueberry cordial. Yum!

Recipe courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka.

For the mule:

  • 1 oz Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
  • 1 oz Deep Eddy Straight Vodka
  • 2 oz blueberry cordial*
  • Goya Ginger Beer

Directions: Combine all ingredients with in a copper mug filled with crushed ice.

For the blueberry cordial:

  • 1 lb. frozen blueberries
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup white vinegar

Directions: Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and blueberries burst. Cool and strain.

Woodford Spire

Courtesy of KLGPR

Bourbon lovers, this one's for you. It doesn't get much simpler than this. Cranberry lemonade with your favorite spirit—can't you just see yourself sitting on a porch swing and sipping this as the summer sun goes down?

Recipe courtesy of Woodford Reserve.

  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1 oz cranberry
  • Lemon twist garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass with a single jumbo ice cube or copper cup filled with crushed ice.

Don't Worry About It

Courtesy of KLGPR

Gamble Scrantom of Bar Biscay in Chicago dreamt up this beautiful concoction. Rose ale and honey add floral notes that are balanced by bitters and a salty rim. It'll look pretty in pictures and you'll probably want to go back for another round.

Recipe courtesy of Gamble Scrantom.

  • 1.5 oz Novo Fogo Tanager
  • 0.5 oz Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc
  • 0.5 oz lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz honey syrup
  • 3 drops Hellfire bitters
  • Forbidden Root Sparkling Rose Ale to top
  • Guajillo and salt rim

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass with a few large ice cubes.

Strawberry Mamie Taylor

Who says a scotch whiskey drink can't be fruity? Strawberry puree gives this cocktail a frothy finish, and the ginger cuts the sweetness. Whip this up just in time for strawberry season.

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2 parts Monkey Shoulder
  • .5 parts Lemon juice
  • .75 parts ginger syrup
  • .25 parts strawberry puree
  • Soda water to top

Directions: Shake all ingredients, pour into a highball glass with a few ice cubes, then top with soda.

Lobo Negro

Blackberries and ginger isn't exactly a classic flavor combo, but they balance each other out to be a delicious base for smoky mezcal and tart lime juice—the perfect use for ripe summer berries.

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2 parts Montelobos Mezcal
  • 3/4 part ginger syrup
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 4 blackberries

Directions: Add blackberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Combine the rest of the ingredients and shake well to mix. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with 3 blackberries on a pick.

Ancho Verde Margarita

Alain Hain

A well-made classic margarita is a good go-to any time of year, but summertime practically calls for a balance of sweet, sour, and salty.

  • 1 part Milagro Silver Tequila
  • 1 part Ancho Reyes Verde
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/3 part Agave Nectar

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice, shake hard and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with half its rim salted. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Little Devil

Alain Hain

Maple syrup usually pairs well with fall flavors, but in this case, it adds a richer sweetness to the citrusy base of this vodka cocktail. Soda water adds a few bubbles to make it feel even more festive.

  • 1 ¾ oz Reyka vodka
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz maple syrup B grade
  • ¾ oz Ancho Reyes
  • Soda water to top

Directions: Combine all ingredients together in cocktail shaker. Shake, strain, and serve.

Highland Sour

Alain Hain

A frothy egg white elevates any cocktail, and this sour is no different. It's super versatile, allowing you to spike with scotch or mezcal, and giving you the choice of orange or strawberry preserves. Just another way to customize every detail of your wedding.

  • 1 part Drambuie
  • .50 part Blended Scotch or Mezcal
  • .50 part Cynar
  • .25 part Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Chameleon Mexican Coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon preserves Orange or Strawberry
  • .75 part or 1 egg white

Directions: Combine with ice, shake, double-strain, and serve. Garnish with Dash of Angostura Bitters.

Hudson Valley Cooler

This is a great cocktail because it will transition so easily from summer to fall—the citrus feels summery and the apple cider is true to autumn, so you can carry this drink through multiple seasons!

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
  • 1⁄2 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 part real maple syrup
  • 2 parts fresh apple cider
  • Apple slices for garnish

Directions: Add lemon juice, maple syrup, and Maple Cask Rye to a shaker with ice and shake briefly to combine and chill. Strain over fresh ice cubes into a rocks glass and top with apple cider. Stir to combine and garnish with apple slices.

Flor de Caña Piña Colada

This is a classic piña colada in all its glory: rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream with crushed ice for blended bliss in a glass. For a tropical destination wedding, this is what guests will be craving.

Recipe courtesy of Curich|Weiss.

  • 2.5 parts Flor de Caña 7 Rum
  • 3 parts pineapple juice
  • 1 part coconut cream

Directions: Combine the FDC 7, pineapple juice and coconut cream in a blender. Add cup of crushed ice and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Awkwardly Tongue Tied

Death & Co

This gin-based drink combines a proven pair—pineapple and lime juices—with two unexpected ingredients: cinnamon syrup, and Orgeat syrup made of almonds and cane sugar. It's unlikely your guests have tasted anything like it before, but they'll likely be back to the bar for more.

Get the recipe here.[16]

Mai Tai

Rachel + Huy Tamiz Photography

This variation might surprise guests who have tried adaptations of this cocktail, whose "legacy has been tarnished by decades of overly-sweet concentrate juices" according to Perfect Pour's Ross Steidel. Instead, this one is reminiscent of the nutty, citric, boozy original.

Get the recipe here.[17]

Whose Line Is It Hemingway

If you've already got your sights set on a beachy destination wedding, this might be the cocktail for you. It's a riff on a Hemingway daiquiri, adding mezcal, a spicy rum concoction, and a Blue Curaçao floater. Not only is it a beautiful drink, it's perfectly refreshing for a summer celebration.

Get the recipe here.[18]

Put a Ring On It

Bar Lab

Tangerine juice and a pink peppercorn reduction aren't exactly the first ingredients you'll grab to stock your bar cart at home. That's what makes this the perfect curveball cocktail for a summer wedding. It looks stunning, tastes great, and will keep your guests talking (and returning to the bar) all night!

Get the recipe here.[19]

Boiler Mule

The Punch Room

Something about the copper mug and short list of ingredients will always make the mule a crowd-pleaser. This one calls for ginger brew or ginger kombucha, but if you or your bartender have a favorite ginger beer, swap it in! As long as you've got ginger, vodka, and lime juice, you've got a mule in the making.

Get the recipe here.[20]

Champagne Cobbler

Front of House NYC

Another simple drink, this will make a lot of folks happy. Champagne (or a less-expensive bubbly[21] like Prosecco), fresh citrus, and simple syrup are all you need.

Get the recipe here.[22]

Sandia Sour

Amity Mason Photography

Watermelon is arguably the official fruit of summertime, and it's all up in this drink—watermelon gastrique and watermelon juice join tarragon to create a subtly fruity, surprisingly herbaceous sip that packs a punch from tequila and cachaca. Lime juice, sparkling water, and a pinch of sea salt pump up the flavors and blend them beautifully on the palate.

Get the recipe here.[23]

Tropical Negroni

Courtesy of Beautiful Booze

Whatever you think a negroni should taste like, forget it for a second and check out this drink. It's got the vermouth and Campari, but swaps in rum (or tequila) where the gin would usually be. Then it balances this boozy beverage with strawberry simple syrup and pineapple juice. The pineapple "glass" is a nice touch but not necessary—especially considering your guests will likely go back for seconds and thirds.

Get the recipe here.[24]

Dragon Bramble

Dragon fruit puree isn't usually fully stocked behind the bar, but this cocktail is worth that hassle. So is the blackberry simple syrup, which is floated on top after the gin and lemon juice join dragon fruit in the rocks glass. If you're going with millennial pink anything[25], this drink will definitely match.

Get the recipe here.[26]

Equinox Vibes

Ross, master mixer at Perfect Pour, promises that even lifelong gin deniers will question their rationale after sipping this drink. Juniper, lemongrass, and citrus notes meld beautifully into what Ross calls "a no-brainer for any summertime shindig."

Get the recipe here.[27]

French 75

This is about as simple (and delicious) as it gets. Gin and prosecco, lemon juice and simple syrup—a balanced, refreshing combination.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 2 oz Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz gin
  • 2 dashes simple syrup

Directions: Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top up with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore and stir gently.

Night at the Dewsco

Front of House NYC

This twist on the French 75 adds honeydew and wildflower honey to lemon juice and sparkling wine. The result is a deliciously frothy and sweet cocktail tastefully served in a flute.

Get the recipe here.[28]

Best Man's Julep

Bar Lab

Let's be clear: this is not your average mint julep. The bourbon is there, but the mint comes in the form of a chocolate candy, and the pinkish color comes from a mixed berry reduction. If a classic julep weren't already the cool, calm, collected drink of the summer, this twist certainly is.

Get the recipe here.[29]

Lilikoi Daquiri

Dmitri & Sandra Photography

Perfect Pour's head mixologist says the ingredients here are simple: "booze, sugar, and citrus." And he's right. Lilikoi (yellow passionfruit) is blended with rum and lime juice for the ultimate refreshing summer sip.

Get the recipe here.[30]

Makin Love at Midnight

Front of House NYC

Okay, we know a Piña Colada is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a signature cocktail, but this one makes strides to cut sweetness and heighten flavor. Most importantly, it swaps out rum in favor of "dryer, greener" cachaca.

Get the recipe here.[31]

Summer Bouquet

Courtesy of Beautiful Booze

The name and look of this cocktail is enough to catch the eye, but the details might help convince you to serve this at your wedding. Practically speaking, it can be made in large quantities. Just add ice to a beverage dispenser and voila! Self-serve. In case you want to keep things controlled behind the bar, the bartender can garnish with mini-bouquets of your choice. Hint: consider edible flowers similar to the bridal party bouquets.

Get the recipe here.[32]

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer

Peaches are in their peak during the summer, so capitalize on the sweetness of the fruit then temper it with the craft ginger beer for a refreshing treat.

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[33].

  • 1.5 oz. Handcrafted Peach Vodka
  • 3.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango
  • Sliced fresh peaches

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and sliced peaches and stir.

Bolivian Pisco Ginger Beer Mojito

Pisco is a lightly-colored brandy made in Peru and Chile using fermented grape juice. In this drink, Pisco is paired with the ingredients of a classic mojito, then topped with ginger beer for a tasty twist.

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[34].

  • Lime
  • Mint Leaves
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1.5 oz Pisco
  • Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer

Directions: Muddle lime, mint leaves and sugar cube. Add juice from one half a lime, 1.5 oz of Pisco and top with Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer.

Strawberry Basil Mule

What's better than a classic Moscow mule? One that amps up the flavor with basil and fresh strawberries. Drink this all summer and you'll be craving it the rest of the year!

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[35].

  • 8 Strawberries
  • Half a Lime
  • Basil Sprig
  • 1.5oz Premium Vodka
  • 3.5oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Lemon & Lime

Directions: Muddle fresh strawberries (roughly 6), 2 lime wedges and basil in a copper mule mug. Top with Ice, Vodka and Brooklyn Crafted. Garnish with Strawberry and Lime wedge and basil leaves.

Diablo

Creme de cassis, a black currant liqueur, gives this drink a syrupy base that balances perfectly with the slight saltiness of the tequila and tartness of the lime juice. Ginger ale marries the flavors beautifully.

Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted[36].

  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz creme de cassis
  • 1.5 oz El Tesoro Reposado tequila
  • 4 oz Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Original

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir.

Sparkling Punch

Sid Hoeltzell

Doesn't this just look like a summer cocktail? It's got the bonafide summertime wine—rosé—and ripe fresh strawberries, thinly sliced to add extra color and flavor. Limoncello is an unexpected but yummy addition.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 1 750-ml bottle chilled Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé
  • 3/4 cup limoncello
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, 1 cup quartered fresh strawberries, 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed

Directions: In a large pitcher, combine the limoncello, raspberries and strawberries. Top with the chilled rosé champagne and stir in half of the lemon wheels. Pour into old-fashioned glass with ice. Place fruit in each glass and garnish with a lemon wheel, and be sure each glass contains fresh berries.

Cucumber Lime & Basil Prosecco Spritzer

This one's for the summer sippers who don't want something too sweet. Cucumber and basil have distinctly vegetal flavor, so the only sweetness comes from the Prosecco.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 1 limes juiced
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG to top

Directions: Muddle lime juice, basil and cucumber in a shaker glass. (For extra flavor infusion, allow mixture to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.) Add ice and shake mixture. Strain the juice only (about ½ oz.) into a Prosecco glass. Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and garnish with a basil leaf and cucumber slice.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

When looking for fresh summer produce for a yummy cocktail, don't forget about raspberries. They're small but pack a sweet punch that's heightened in this cocktail by lemon and sugar.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup Lemon Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Rind, Grated
  • 1 Cup Muddled Raspberries

Directions: Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries. Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in pitcher. Sprinkle remaining lemon rind and raspberries among the glasses.

Ginger Sage

Sid Hoeltzell

Sage and ginger might sound more appropriate for cooking than for mixing up signature cocktails, but that's what makes this one special. It's a little sweet and subtly fruit, and your guests will never see this flavor combo coming.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • 1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
  • 20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)

Directions: In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves. Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsps of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore and serve.

Sparkling Hibiscus

Sid Hoeltzell

The best kind of edible flower is one that gives a pop of fresh flavor. The hibiscus syrup in this cocktail gives it a not-too-sweet base for the Prosecco. As an added bonus, a single hibiscus bloom rests at the bottom of the glass.

Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita.

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
  • 8 tsps of hibiscus syrup used to pack the flowers

Directions: Place a whole hibiscus flower in the bottom of glass. Fill glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore to ¾” of the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsps of the hibiscus syrup down the interior side of each glass.

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