6 Tips for Creating a Signature Drink

If you are looking for a creative way to control costs and personalize an event, creating a signature drink or two is the way to go!  But where do you start? Here are 6 tips to help you create the drink that reflects your own personal style!


1. Figure out the Basics: What is your go-to drink order?  What are the flavors and/or drinks that you order when you go out? What flavors do you like?  Not like? Which category does your favorite drink fall into: strong/sour/sweet/low alcohol content? Your favorite drink or flavor profile is a great starting point in developing your signature cocktail.  If you are looking to save money, a low alcohol content drink, such as a sparkling wine or spritzer, is a good option.

2. Keep it Classic: Stick with a universally-appealing spirit, like vodka.  You can utilize trendy flavors or garnishes to really personalize the drink.  Teas and bitters are always a great way to incorporate a different and very personal taste.  Or consider garnishing your drink with herbs, such as sage or rosemary. 

3. Consider a Theme: Think about the theme of the event.  Always try to choose a cocktail that will pair well with the food being served.  You can personalize it even more by serving it in a creative glass that mirrors the casualness of the event.  Don’t try to hard to make the color of the drink match the colors of the event – you can pick up the colors of your event with glasses or garnish.

4. For Special Events: For events such as weddings – consider having two signature cocktails.  Choose one that mirrors the bride’s taste and one that is the groom’s choice. 

5. Serving Sizes: In general, men consume twice the amount of food and alcohol that women do.  If you’re on a strict budget, consider drinks that are low-alcohol and can be mixed in large batches.  This can also help with wait time and demand on the bartender. 

6. Have fun!:  Try a few different drink/glass/garnishment options ahead of time!  And think of a fun name for your signature cocktail!

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