Today on Love & Lavender, we’ve got a wonderful guest food blogger named Tiffany Watts from Dilesia.com
We’ve done a couple wedding cocktail posts in the past, and loved the looks of Tiffany’s citrus and aperol cocktail creation below so much that we had to share. I tried Aperol – an Italian aperitif made of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona among other ingredients – a few years ago while vacationing in Europe and seem to remember it has a distinct flavor profile indeed. Definitely one to try, and see if you love it for your wedding reception or engagement party!
This recipe was created by Tiffany Watts of Dilesia.
There are so many things a beautiful wedding calls for – food, flowers, the dress, fun, dance, and photographs to name a few.
One personal favorite of mine is the casual yet festive ritual of consuming all kinds of cocktails from morning till dawn. During weddings, it’s as if cocktails take the place of coffee because there is just “so much pressure” and adrenaline.
How can I express my gratitude for this beloved ritual? Well, by sharing a great recipe that you can use for either your future wedding plans or another special occasion.
There are specific details that you need to know when designing the perfect wedding drink. Below are some suggestions from my personal experience attending weddings to make your cocktails energizing, fancy, AND low alcohol!
Make it Energizing
Weddings are one of the most exciting and happy moments in a couple’s life; weddings are also extremely exhausting and draining! Some weddings can take up to 12 hours or more, and involve all kinds of event spaces, communication, transportation, and organization.
No matter how precisely a wedding is organized, the mere fact that you are in a constant state of celebration makes adrenaline skyrocket. That’s why it is very important to balance the sedative effect of alcohol with fresh and energizing ingredients to keep guests moving all day (and night) long! Great suggestions are citrus and ginger juice, rosemary, basil, oregano essential oils or infusions and all kinds of sour fruit that can kick start the party.
You can also use vegetable juice and herb infusions like celery, fennel, cardamom and cinnamon. They are all known to stimulate metabolism and enhance the natural drive of the body.
Make it Fancy
A well balanced cocktail recipe is a very important step in planning your drink table, but presentation is what makes it even more enjoyable and inviting for guests. How drinks are made, stored, and handed out is at the center of this experience, so don’t underestimate it.
Try to set aside space for a corner or a separate table that you can decorate with flowers. Any floral decor should harmonize with the main theme as well as match the cocktails.
Glitzy art deco styled wedding provides inspiration for a wedding cocktail table. You could add the cake as pictured, or simply an elegant bouquet. A primarily gold color theme pairs well with our citrus aperol drink!
For example, if your cocktail is in the yellow-golden spectrum, try to make it stand out with white or light peachy flowers. That would make it much more appealing to guests (if they need any persuasion at all).
Choose the Right Glass
The next important detail is the glass. Choose the correct glass style according to the taste and effect of the cocktail. Heavy, boozy cocktails call for thick whiskey style glasses, while fruity and summery flavors are best presented using elegant and chic glasses.
My suggestion is to always choose a glass with a delicate stool as it makes the whole experience more elegant and enjoyable. Moreover, people tend to look far sharper and fancier in wedding photos by holding a fun and festive glass.
Make it Low Alcohol
A wedding can be tiring, which makes the choice of drinks really important. Given that guests will be mingling and enjoying themselves for more than a few hours, it is safe to assume that they won’t strictly count how many alcoholic drinks they consume. My suggestion: keep your cocktail at a low level of alcohol. This should make guests pleasantly relaxed during the day, but not too sleepy come dinner time. The approximate percentage of alcohol in one drink (200 ml) should be no more than that of wine (or even lower). Between 5 and 10 is the ideal percentage to keep guests both entertained and well behaved.
CITRUS APEROL WEDDING COCKTAIL RECIPE
Prep time: 10 min
Servings: 3 glasses (200ml)
Equipment: high stool glass, shaker mixer, citrus press or a hand juicer
- 2 grapefruits
- 2 oranges
- 2 limes
- 1 lemon
- 100 ml Aperol liquor
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- 3 cinnamon sticks, a mandarin and brown sugar for decoration
- Juice all the citruses and put them in the shaker.
- Add Aperol, ½ cup of ice and essential oils and cover the shaker.
- Shake for 1-2 minutes vigorously.
- Wet the edges of the glasses and dip into brown sugar.
- Pour the cocktail into the glass and decorate with mandarin slices and a cinnamon stick.
- Enjoy while ice cold.