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Cocktails for a Travel Themed Reception

A fantastic way to add a personal touch to the drinks at your reception is to create travel inspired cocktails, these can be tongue in cheek or long loved classics. You could pick a drink inspired by your favourite country or city, or a drink which originated in that location. Your guests can have the experience of you and your partners favourite places through perfectly coordinated cocktails.

Travel Themed Cocktails

  1. If you and your partner are avid surfers or adventurers a perfect cocktail would be the Blue Hawaiian, a tropical flavour with the stunning blue colour of the ocean. It was invented in 1957 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii, after the bosses of the distillery creating Blue Curacao liqueur wanted a cocktail to showcase their new drink. You will need:
    • 45ml Light Rum
    • 45ml Blue Curacao Liqueur
    • 30ml Cream of Coconut
    • 60ml Pineapple Juice
    • 60ml Club Soda
      • Mix together the rum, blue curaçao, cream of coconut and pineapple juice and shake. Pour into a cocktail glass and fill with ice, finishing with club soda and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cocktail cherry
  2. For the more cosmopolitan couple the perfect cocktail would be a New York Cosmopolitan. As the famous favourite drink of the Sex and the City girls, it will be an instant classic which will represent New York City glamour. The dainty glass and bright pink colour would feel incredibly sophisticated and ladylike, particularly if you are wearing a blush dress. Tart, fruity and with a bit of a kick, it will represent you and your partners, fierce city side. You will need:
    • 35ml Vodka
    • 10ml Grand Marnier
    • 45ml Cranberry Juice
    • 10ml Lime Juice
      • Mix together the vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and lime juice, and shake with ice. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime.
  3. For a fun and fruity cocktail with inspiration from the east, the Singapore Sling would be an interesting and talking point drink for your guests. Invented at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore at the hotel’s Long Bar in 1915, this cocktail was originally the famous Gin Sling, the cocktail was soon named after the hotel it created in. You will need:
    • 50ml Gin
    • 25ml Cherry Brandy
    • 25ml Lemon Juice
    • 1 Teaspoon Grenadine
    • Crushed Ice
    • 100ml Sparkling Water
    • Lime Peel
    • Cocktail Cherry
      • Mix together the gin, brandy, grenadine and lemon juice and shake. Put some ice in a tall glass and pour the cocktail through a strainer and top up with the sparkling water. Serve with the lime peel and a cherry on the side.
  4. While the fashion for wedding cocktails is often Manhattans or Martinis, it’s often the classics which you and your guests love the most – glace cherries, umbrellas and the rest. You always think of a hot climate when you think of the Pina Colada. The coconut, pineapple and rum are about as tropical and fun as you can get, so if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, this will be the perfect cocktail for your travel themed wedding. You will need:
    • 50ml Spiced Rum
    • 25ml Coconut Cream
    • 3 Chunks of Pineapple
      • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and then blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and add your own cheeky cocktail umbrella and glace cherry.
  5. For a wedding inspired by the city of love a perfect wedding would be the French martini. Although it was invented in the 1980s in one of the Keith McNally’s New York City bars it still screams French sophistication. It also appeared in McNally’s Balthazar in Soho in 1996 and was an instant hit. The cocktail was produced during the 1980s-1990s cocktail Renaissance. The peach colour will create a sophisticated look which will not look as feminine as the cosmopolitan. You will need:
    • 50ml Vodka
    • 15ml Raspberry Liqueur
    • 35ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
      • Place the vodka, raspberry liquor and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake vigorously and strain the mixture into a Martini glass and serve.
  6. Although it is not technically of Russian origin it will still be a fantastic way to represent the country at your wedding, it gets its name due to the main ingredient being vodka, a spirit often associated with Russia. The original cocktail was called the Black Russian and first made an appearance in 1949, then became the White Russian with the addition of cream; however it is unclear which came first. You will need:
    • 60ml Vodka
    • 2 Tablespoons of Kahlúa
    • 1 Tablespoon of Cream
      • Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, put some ice cubes in a small tumbler and pour the cocktail over the top

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