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Five Non-Alcoholic Wedding Cocktails

We’ve covered a lot of cocktail ideas in this blog. We’ve done cocktails by season, by holiday, by flavor, and by color. But now we’re ready to admit that there are people out there who, for one reason or another, won’t be serving alcohol at their weddings. Maybe you have religious reasons for eschewing the booze, or past history reasons, or maybe you just never got into drinking. No matter why you’ve chosen to have a dry reception, we want to help you make it the best that it can be. Here are ten non-alcoholic wedding cocktails (or “mocktails” if you must) to make your ceremony sparkle.

Virgin Margaritas

Okay, we promise this list won’t just be virgin variants on regular cocktails, but this one’s too good to pass up. There’s a growing trend of using agave syrup as a sugar substitute, which means this once hard-to-find ingredient is readily available. When you make a virgin margarita, use limeade, a splash of orange juice, and agave syrup for sweetening. The agave will give the drink the subtle spice that the tequila usually provides.

Summer Spritzers

This is less a single drink and more a template for summer wedding drinks. Take the fruit juice of your choice, combine it with muddled leaves of an herb of your choice, and then add simple syrup and tonic water. There are dozens of combinations and they all have a light, refreshing, summery feel to them. Try strawberry-basil, rosemary-pear, or lemon-spearmint for starters.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

For a winter wedding, your guests are probably expecting hot chocolate to warm them up at the start of the reception. Throw them a bit of a curveball by adding ½ teaspoon of chili powder and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to every four servings. It adds a subtle spiciness to warm the insides and provide a rush of endorphins to get your guests out to the dance floor.

Apple-Ginger Sparklers

This fall cocktail starts with a base of cold sparkling apple cider. Then add ginger syrup to taste, until you’ve balanced the sweetness of the cider with a refreshing ginger bite. Finish it off with a cinnamon stick and some crystallized ginger as a garnish.

Blueberry Iced Tea

Iced tea is always welcome at a summer wedding. Kick your iced tea up a notch or two by adding blueberry flavor from a jar of blueberry preserves. First brew the tea, then once it’s cooled press the preserves through a strainer to make a thick blueberry syrup. Stir the syrup into the tea, and voila! No need to add sugar or lemon for a refreshing drink.

Cucumber Cooler

They don’t come more refreshing than this mix of fresh pineapple juice, club soda, simple syrup, and cucumber water. It’s a light and delicious mix, with just the right amount of sweetness and fizz.

There are plenty of reasons to raise your glass at a wedding, and what’s in that glass doesn’t have to be alcoholic for everyone to have a good time. With these five non-alcoholic recipes in your repertoire, you’ll be equipped to give your guests a tasty treat that designated drivers, pregnant women, and kids can enjoy, too.

10 More Signature Wedding Cocktails

Coco SnowballWhen you’re planning the bar setup at your wedding, it’s tempting to offer a couple of different beers and a few wine selections and call it a day. Even if you want to offer a few cocktails, it’s tempting to grab a few old standbys to make ordering less of a hassle and avoid putting strain on your bartenders. And sure, martinis, gin & tonics, and mojitos are all fine drinks, but shouldn’t your wedding cocktail be as much a part of your theme as the decorations and flowers?  Here are a few ideas for dynamite signature wedding cocktails.

The Purple Rain

Tell your guests that you never meant to cause them any sorrow or any pain, and you only wanted to see them laughing, by serving up this deep violet concoction. The fruit juices mask the alcohol taste, making it a potent but palatable drink.

The Coco Snowball

The name and icy blue color indicate a winter drink, but the orange and coconut flavors are pure summer. The coconut-rimmed glasses add an extra fun element to this groovy tropical drink.

The Ginger Gold Rush

With its spicy ginger liqueur, bite of bourbon, and rich gold color, this drink oozes class. Your guests will have clear sinuses and a spring in their step after a couple of these.

The Lavender Collins

This one requires a bit of work ahead of time to make lavender-infused simple syrup. But if that delicate purple hue is part of your wedding palette, this fun and fruity drink will definitely class up your wedding reception.

Strawberry Moonshine Julep

The juicy goodness of fresh strawberries and the chill of mint take the bite out of this moonshine-based drink. Just make sure to warn your guests to sip, not guzzle–it may taste sweet, but it definitely packs a punch.

Cherry Sake Cocktail

Since it’s base is sake, which is about as alcoholic as wine, this drink is a little less of a heavy hitter. The fresh cherries and cherry juice give it a light, refreshing flavor, perfect for late summer or early fall.

Cucumber Gin Cooler

For a sweltering summer wedding, you can’t go wrong with the cool, refreshing taste of cucumber riding atop the juniper kick of gin. It also has a healthy dose of tonic water, which means it glows under black light–what you do with that information is your own business.

Tinto de Verano

The name of this drink translates roughly to the “red wine of summer.” It’s a fizzy take on sangria, using lemon-lime soda instead of fruit juice to really make it pop. It’s perfect for quenching guests thirst after they’ve been sweating on the dance floor.

Frozen Ginger Lemonade

More ginger, and for good reason: ginger lemonade is delicious. The lemon tames the bite of ginger while the ginger dials back the acidity of the lemon, making a thirst-quenching combo that’s hard to beat. Rent a few margarita machines, stock them up, and your guests will love it.

Maple Vodka and Espresso

Wake up your guests with this coffee-based cocktail. It’s similar to a White Russian, but adds a shot of actual coffee in with the coffee liqueur, and maple vodka for an extra layer of complex sweetness.

No matter the season or time of day, a wedding reception is a good excuse for your guests to get tipsy in style. These signature cocktails will add a touch of class to your bar service, and some of your guests may find a new favorite drink in the process.

10 Wedding Cocktail Ideas

SangriaBeer and wine are the mainstays of a wedding reception bar. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of red, a bottle of white, and a couple of inoffensive American pilsners. But a signature wedding cocktail provides a little class to the proceedings, encourages your guests to try something new, and can augment your overall wedding theme. Here are a few ideas for that one great drink to serve at your reception as wedding cocktails:

Ciroc Lola

For a summer or spring wedding, you can’t go wrong with this delicate pink drink garnished with an exotic flower. Here’s the recipe.

Rosemary-Citrus Punch

One bonus for this refreshing herbal concoction is that you can make a big batch and let guests serve themselves. Here’s the recipe

Godiva Chocolate Martini

For a winter wedding, this the adult version of cocoa. It’s served cold, but the heat comes from the surprising amount of booze in this sweet delight. Here’s the recipe.


Sangria is a kind of sweet punch made with red wine, fresh fruit, and fruit juice; and it makes for one of the best wedding cocktails imagineable. This recipe adds champagne for extra sparkle.

Bourbon Fizz

Bourbon and amaretto form the sweet but stiff backbone of this brunch-perfect drink. Here’s how to make it.

Starlight Royale

This sparkling wedding cocktail is like a gin-and-tonic with champagne for added sweetness. A dash of grenadine gives it a lovely springtime blush, and you can serve it in sugar-rimmed glasses for an extra pop. Here’s the recipe.

Viennese Coffee Float

For a brunch reception or a late-night pick-me-up after dinner, this espresso-based drink is just the thing. It features hazelnut whipped cream for sweetness, but it’s fortified with a shot of spiced rum. Here’s how to make it.

Planter’s Punch

For a hot summer wedding, you can’t go wrong with a huge iced punch bowl filled with this heady concoction. It packs a serious wallop, but the alcohol’s all but hidden in a mix of sweet and refreshing fruit juice. Just make sure you have a non-spiked version for the kids. Here’s the recipe.

Double Apple Sidecar

For a fall wedding, bring back memories of strolling through an apple orchard with this cider-based drink that makes one of the best wedding cocktails you’ll ever taste. Add a stick of cinnamon for stirring and it couldn’t be more seasonal if it were pumpkin-spice flavored. Here’s the recipe.

Bloody Mary Bar

Everyone knows that morning-after classic, the Bloody Mary. But there are as many different ways to make it as there are people in the world, and everyone’s got their own perfect recipe. So why not set up a bar with several different mixes and types of tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, soy sauce, hot sauces, and a salad bar’s worth of garnish? Give your guests something to drink and something to munch on while they wait for the meal.

Whether it’s fruity and sweet or boozy and dry, your wedding cocktail can be as much a part of your theme as the flower decorations. With a little bit of searching and a little planning, your guests can celebrate your nuptials with a touch of class. Just make sure it’s a drink you and your spouse will enjoy, too–why should your guests get to have all the fun?