Posted on November 3, 2014
There’s something to be said for the beauty of a fall wedding—the colorful and rustic bouquets, the crunching of the leaves, the plum, maroon and navy color palettes. We are in love with the idea of saying “I do” with the autumn breeze blowing and fall colors in the background. But as you warm your guest’s hearts with your vows, why not serve them something to drink that will warm their bodies as well? Today, we’re sharing three of our fall wedding cocktails that will enlighten any and all wedding events.
1. Apple Cider Cups: If being judged for both taste AND presentation, these edible apple cups filled with warm and spiced cider would take the cake. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they’re a fun twist on how we all enjoy a glass of classic cider. While this recipe calls for no booze, you could always add a few splashes of apple vodka to the mix and start the party early.
Set aside the ‘apple cups’. You can sprinkle lemon juice over the apples to prevent browning. Bring the apple pulp, water, orange quarters, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, and whole allspice to a boil.Stir occasionally and allow to simmer for 2 hours. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the apples and oranges until soft. Allow the cider to come to room temperature before straining.
Photo and Recipe Courtesy of A Taste of Koko
2. Warm and Smoky Brandy Wine: One sip of this spicy and comforting cocktail and you’ll remember why mulled wine is so very popular this time of year, which is why we’re sharing this twist on the popular classic. With the addition of peppercorns and brandy, this mulled wine gets a major makeover. Your guests will thank you over and over again—and then request the recipe.
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except the wine and plums. Bring pot to a rolling boil and then cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by half. Before adding the wine, lower the heat. Then, simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Before serving, strain through a fine sieve and garnish with a slice of plum and a cinnamon stick.
3. Vanilla, Pear and Vodka Cocktail: For the bride and groom looking for something a bit different in terms of cocktails, look no further than this vanilla and pear smash. Sweeter than others, this would be a perfect sip for a cocktail hour spent amongst the trees, leaves and crisp fall air.
Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.
Photo and Recipe Courtesy of Two Tarts