Creating a Signature Cocktail | Washington DC Wedding Photography


Lot's of couples are opting to have a Signature Cocktail for their guests upon arriving at their ceremony or during their cocktail hour before the reception to add to the uniqueness of their day (and to save on their bar bill!) The last couple of weddings I've shot, the bride and groom served two; one that's more traditionally masculine, like a bourbon and one that's traditionally feminine, like vodka. (The Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned + The Blueberry Vodka Mojito have been my favorites so far!)

You can also turn the creation of your signature cocktail into a fun date night. Spend the night at a bar trying different concoctions or take a mixology class together. Or, you can do like Glen + Jenny did, and come up with a drink that tells a bit about you as a couple. Since both the bride and groom are Geminis and love St. Germain, they chose The Gemini from Martha Stewart! (Scroll down for the recipe.)



The Gemini


2 oz. of Vodka

4 oz. of fresh Grapefruit Juice, strained

3 oz. of St. Germain liquor 

Topped with Prosecco 


Grapefruit-rind Twists


Mix grapefruit juice, St-Germain, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker.

Shake and strain into 2 chilled glasses. 

Top with Prosecco. 

Serve each with a grapefruit twist. 


Looking for more Signature Cocktail ideas? Visit Port + Palm Co's blog for one of my favorites, The Lemon + Lavender Spritz

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