Trends We Love: Seasonal Cocktails

Ahhh, the holidays! The time of year when we can enjoy delectable food and drinks during many wonderful celebrations guilt-free. Well, at least a little bit guilt-free. Lucky for those of you planning your winter wedding, you can incorporate some of the season’s most adored flavors in your wedding day menu and your guests will be oh-so-grateful! Today, we are focusing on cocktails!

Seasonal cocktails are festive and tasty, and they give you an opportunity to do something fun and different for your signature drink at your reception. There are so many delicious flavors of the holiday season, it’s not hard to find something special for your big day. And we discovered that there are so many fabulous options that we’re going to break this into a two-part series. Let’s take a look at some of your numerous options!

Apples and pears are what’s know as pome fruits, but all we really care about is that they’re crisp, juicy and sweet – a perfect jumping-off point for a luscious cocktail while these lovely fruits are in season.

An Amberjack is a beer-based cocktail mixed with apple vodka.
Isn’t the garnish on this Apple Cidercar just so pretty?
Would you believe this Pear of Desire cocktail features a slash of cream soda?!
The Pear Essence Cosmopolitan features two flavors of the season: pear and cranberry!

Which brings us to our next featured flavor – cranberry! This tart little berry can help balance out sweetness that can overtake a cocktail. Here are some tasty-looking beverages.

The cranberry stirrers are super-cute in these Cranberry Cocktails, but for your wedding, you might want to ditch the Santas.
This Cranberry-Mint Martini features vermouth that’s been infused with the tart berries.
Spice things up with this Cranberry-Spice Cocktail.

Keep things festive with a signature drink made up of wine, champagne or sparkling wine. A little more special than just a glass of wine or champagne, a mixed drink starting with one of these is perfect for your wedding reception cocktail hour.

Bubbly Poinsettia calls for either a Rose Brut Champagne or sparkling wine, so it’s flexible.
As if mojitos could get any better, but they did, when someone decided to add a splash of champagne to these Champagne Mojitos!
Mmmmm…Hot Spiced Wine, guaranteed to warm your wedding guests from the inside out!
This Marasca Fizz is light and bubbly and so pretty!
Mulled Manhattan is a lovely seasonal take on the classic cocktail.
Crispy and woodsy – a surprisingly good combination in this unexpected Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail.

What lineup of seasonal drinks would be complete without mint- or candy cane-inspired beverages? There are a surprising number of options when it comes to these mint-centric drinks, but it seems the mixologists all agree – they should be served in a martini glass!

Super-minty and a pretty shade of red, this Candy Cane Cocktail includes both peppermint schnapps and candy cane-infused vodka.
A richer, creamier version of a Candy Cane Cocktail features peppermint, vanilla and white chocolate.
This pretty little Candy Cane Cocktail is a berry-mint combination, sure to make your guests’ spirits bright!

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