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Wedding signature cocktail blog post by Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada

Are you Mai Tai-ing the knot this summer? If you are, you know that weddings are full of planning. From the flowers to the vows to the table centrepieces at your reception, there are dozens of things on your mind while preparing to get hitched. One of the most important parts of a wedding is ensuring that your guests have a blast while celebrating your big day. For those who aren't lucky enough to be saying 'I Do', this often means plenty of libations. Keep the champagne flowing all night long of course, but don't stop there. Elevate your wedding reception with a signature cocktail to satisfy your guests while adding a personal touch to your drinks menu. Read on to discover three recipes from our favourite cocktail books and tips on how to incorporate your signature drink into more than just the bar.

Wedding reception signature cocktail blog post by Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada

Personalizing a cocktail may seem like a complicated task, but it doesn't necessarily require a lot of introspection. An easy way to personalize a drink is to simply match it to your wedding colour palette. This will ensure that your cocktail fits in with your reception decor and help avoid clashing colours in your wedding photography. If you've gone for a cool toned scheme, try out a blue or purple tinted beverage like this Blueberry Patch drink from Zen and Tonic

What you'll need:

3 cups of blueberries
1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups of vodka
1 cup of blueberry lavender syrup*
4 cups of soda water
Candied lavender sprigs* 


Freeze 1 cup of blueberries. Muddle the remaining 2 cups, adding the lime juice to the mixture. Shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and double strain into a pitcher. Add the vodka, syrup and frozen berries. Pour in 6-8 ice filled glasses, top with soda and garnish with sprig of lavender.

    *Learn how to make lavender syrup, candied lavender sprigs, and more delicious cocktails in Zen and Tonic by Jules Aron

    Zen and Tonic cocktail recipe book by Jules Aron Instagram available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada

    If you are having a beach wedding or want your reception venue to exude summer vibes, Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons has the cocktail for you. Take your guests on a tropical vacation with Jungle Bird, a rum and pineapple Tiki drink.

    What you'll need:

    1 1/2 ounces of blackstrap rum
    1 1/2 ounces of freshly squeezed pineapple juice
    3/4 ounce of Campari
    1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
    1/2 ounce of simple syrup


    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until chilled. Double strain into a glass, and garnish with a pineapple chunk or pineapple leaf.
    Old Fashioned wedding signature cocktail blog post by Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada


    If your wedding is on the traditional side, stay on theme with one of the most classic cocktails – an Old Fashioned. People have been drinking this famous cocktail for two centuries, but it never gets old. Your guests are sure to feel classy while dancing the night away, no matter how wild the party gets.

    What you'll need:

    1 standard sugar cube
    2 dashes of herbal bitters 
    2 ounces of quality bourbon
    A twist of orange peel


    We would give you step by step instructions on how to make a proper Old Fashioned, but Drinks: A User's Guide does it better than we ever could. Pick up the book at Room 2046 or on our online store to uncover the secrets of this popular cocktail.

    Old Fashioned Mai Tai Paloma Sidecar cocktail soy candles available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Toronto Canada

    Signature cocktails are not only a delicious addition to your reception, but they can also provide inspiration for other areas of your wedding planning. Room 2046's own line of cocktail candles make unique gifts for your wedding party. You can match your signature cocktail to your bridesmaid and groomsmen presents with our Mai Tai, Paloma, Old Fashioned, and Sidecar candles. Niki Kingsmill also makes booze-themed products that can be matched to your wedding cocktail of choice. A Scotch, Old Fashioned, or Mai Tai watercolour print are creative gifts for your new in-laws, or even a gift to yourself to remind you of your special day. 

    Niki Kingsmill Mai Tai Watercolour Print - 8x10 available from Room 2046 cafe shop studio Summerhill Toronto Canada


    Come visit us at Room 2046 to see all of our cocktail-themed products in person, or view our full wedding collection here. Check out our Instagram and Pinterest wedding board for more inspiration! 


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