July 29, 2014

Trend Tuesday: The Flavors of Fall

With the summer heat blistering this week here in Phoenix I have found myself day dreaming of the cooler weather ahead and one of my most favorite times of year, fall  With many fall brides finishing up their final touches and details over the next couple months. I wanted to give you 5 mouth-watering fall inspired signature drinks for your wedding. Some little touches such as being served in a mason jar, garnished with a cinnamon stick, or served on wooden crates add the extra special fall touch to your wedding. 

1.) Spiced Apple Cider

This drink is a great signature drink option because it can be served chilled or hot, and alcoholic or non-alcoholic. All guest can enjoy this tasty drink. Have your bartender pour into hollowed out apples for a unique touch.

Cocktail Ingredients: 
1 (64 oz) bottle of apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/3 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker (add in spiced rum if desired). Cook on high for 1 hour. Turn to low to keep warm.  Stir before serving.


2.) Pumpkin Spice Martini 

Nothing is more tasty in fall then the flavors of pumpkin and nutmeg. Displayed with beautiful rimmed nutmeg garnished around the rim, this signature drink will definitely leave an impression on your guest.  

Cocktail Ingredients: 
1/2 oz Cream Liqueur
2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Pumpkin Liqueur or Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Garnish Ingredients:
Dress The rim with Cranberry/Pumpkin Blend savory fusion of pecans & cranberries.

3.) Apple Pie Cider

Love pie but may not be able to afford pie as an additional dessert item at your wedding? What better way to add in the delicious pie flavor then in your signature drink? This is another drink that can be served both alcoholic and non-alcoholic and warm or cold. 
Cocktail Ingredients:
1 gallon apple juice
1 gallon apple cider 
3 cups white sugar 
8 cinnamon sticks 
1 (750 milliliter) bottle 190 proof grain alcohol

In a large pot, combine apple juice, apple cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let cool completely. When juice mixture is cool, stir in the grain alcohol. 

 4.) Spiked Hot Chocolate or Coffee 

Take a twist on these two classic flavors through your presentation. Serve your hot chocolate in mason jars with the rims dusted in chocolate. Customizing the sleeve to the coffee cups with your wedding monogram and date. For a late night snack poke donut holes through the coffee stir sticks to boost your guest energy level with some sugar to help them dance the night away. Add your favorite Bailey’s flavor or peppermint schnapps to either of these to add some additional fun to the party.

5.) Fall Beer Bar 

This is something your groom may love and can be a very memorable touch to your wedding. Whether it is done in a very chic, luxurious way, or more of a customized rustic way, have your groom pic his favorite fall beer styles to serve to your guest who may not drink hard alcohol. Beers like Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Sam Adams Octoberfest, or even Root Beer would be fun on tap! Have a local brewing company or one from the bride or grooms home town? Add that to your beer bar for the simple, sentimental touch for the out of town guest to feel more like home. 

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Be sure to ask your catering company or venue what they can and cannot do when picking your signature drink. Just like your do when picking your food, be sure to have fun and taste test the drinks to ensure your guest are getting the exact flavors you want for your wedding. 

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