There are some wedding planning tasks that are equal parts fun and difficult. Settling on the perfect signature cocktail to concoct for your wedding is often one of them. While I like to believe I'm an amateur mixologist, the options for a well-crafted wedding signature cocktail are endless and can feel daunting.
Whether you binge on seasons of British royal dramas or tween socialite flicks, we have the one stop shop guide to finding your perfect wedding signature cocktail, based on your current Netflix binge! From fruity and fun to brilliantly bitter, your guests are sure to love these quintessentially cinematic sips.
Gilmore Girls: Irish coffee
Bring a taste of Luke's Diner to your reception by offering a fun twist on Lorelai's favorite beverage.
2 2/3 oz (4 parts) Hot coffee
1 1/3 oz (2 parts) Irish whiskey
1 tsp. Brown sugar
1 oz (1½ parts) Fresh cream
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Moscow Mule
This zesty favorite is a must-have for lovers of TV's favorite ginger. Plus, serving these up in quaint hammered copper mugs is the perfect on-trend decor detail your guests will love!
4 oz Ginger beer
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/6 oz Lime juice
Black Mirror: Gin and Tonic
If you're a frequenter of this British Sci-Fi anthology, then a gin and tonic appropriately garnished with black juniper berries is a perfect choice.
1 1/2 Oz Gin
3-4 Oz Tonic water
1 lime wheel
1 strip lemon zest
1 lemon verbena leaf
A few juniper berries
Served over ice in a rocks or highball glass
Master of None: Negroni
Aziz Ansari is often spotted on screen sipping Negronis in this comedic masterpiece and fans of the show will remember his girlfriend complaining about Ansari's character leaving spilled Campari on the kitchen counter.
1 oz (1 part) Gin
1 oz (1 part) Campari
1 oz (1 part) Sweet red Vermouth
Garnished with an orange peel
The Crown: The Twinkle Elderflower Cocktail
Preferably served in a vintage coupe, this cocktail is the perfect royal-inspired l'apéritif. With Meghan Markle's royal wedding on the horizon, one has to wonder whether royal wedding guests may find themselves sipping a similar cocktail.
1 oz vodka
.5 oz elderflower cordial, such as St. Germain
Topped with Champagne
Lemon peel twist, for garnish
Mad Men: Old Fashioned
Nothing says Don Draper more than an Old Fashioned.
1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar cube
Few dashes plain water
Garnish with an orange peel
Stranger Things: Maple Bourbon Smash
If you love Eleven, then waffles obviously have to make an appearance at your wedding! Serve up a late night snack of chicken and waffle sliders accompanied by a crowd-pleasing maple bourbon smash!
1/4 oz Lemon juice, fresh
1/2 oz Maple syrup, pure
1/2 oz Orange juice, fresh
1 1/2 oz Seltzer
4 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz Bourbon
1/2 orange wheel
House of Cards: Southern Peach Mint Julep
Perfect for TV's darkest whiskey-loving southern politician. Or opt for a whiskey bar offering your favorite single malt scotch, if you want to pack a punch with Underwood's favorite.
Narcos: Prickly Pear Margarita
If you spend your Friday evenings chronicling the rise of the Colombian drug trade then consider a festive twist on a south of the border cocktail classic.
2 oz Silver Tequila
5 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Prickly pear syrup
Coarse pink salt for rim
Lime wedge for garnish
Gossip Girl: Grapefruit and Rosemary Mimosa
Perfect for a daytime wedding or in lieu of a champagne toast, consider serving up a reimagined take on this Van Der Woodsen brunch staple!
2 Tbsp. Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup
1/2 Glass of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Top with Champagne
Spring of rosemary to garnish
Queer Eye: Whisky Ginger
Inspired by Queer Eye's resident food and wine expert, Antoni Porowski, who makes 'Whatever Whisky Punch' in episode six, a whisky ginger is the perfect signature cocktail!
2-3 Oz whiskey
Top with Ginger ale
Garnish with Lime wedge
How To Get Away With Murder: Sangree
This cocktail, often referred to as the grandfather of Sangria, is perfect for people hooked on one of TV's bloodiest primetime dramas.
4 cherries, muddled
¼ oz. simple syrup
1½ oz. merlot
1 oz. bourbon
1 lemon slice for garnish
Served over ice in a rocks glass
Grey's Anatomy: Spicy Paloma
An ode to TV's favorite tequila swigging surgeon, the Paloma is a fun option for a tequila cocktail that isn't a margarita.
1 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. Jalapeño simple syrup
1 Tbsp. Freshly squeezed lime juice
Splash of grapefruit soda water (Pamplemousse La Croix works great!)
1 jalapeño slice for garnish
Sugar and sea salt mixture for rim
Friends: White Russian
What better way to pay homage to your favrotie Central Perk regulars than with an espresso laced signature cocktail?
2/3 oz (2 parts) Coffee liqueur
1 2/3 oz (5 parts) Vodka
1 oz (3 parts) Fresh cream
Served over ice in a rocks glass
The best part about selecting your wedding signature cocktail is that you get to test out each contender with your fiancee while binging your current Netflix obsession! Cheers!
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Hannah Nowack is a freelance writer, calligrapher, and event designer living in the Midwest. When she isn't working, you will find her decorating her Danish Modern-inspired apartment, frequenting the gourmet cheese counter, or enjoying a glass of Cabernet with friends.