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Shake Up Your Celebration
With Signature Cocktails for Your Big Day


By Meghan Chalfant

      Signature drinks have become a popular and trendy way for brides and grooms to show their personalities throughout the reception. Choose cocktail selections based on your color scheme, theme, liquor base, or even by preparation type (frozen, on the rocks, shaken, or stirred). Select one specialty drink to be passed around butler style on silver platters, or create a small menu that can be displayed on the bar with three to four assortments. Give your specialty drinks unique names to tie it all together. Instead of a Martini, for example, call it a Christini or Marktini based on the bride or groom names.

    There are endless opportunities to make sure your guests will be served with something extra sweet─or strong that will be a big hit on your wedding day. Try these delicious recipes below from Disaronno Italian Liqueur, the original Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Moët & Chandon Champagne and Dirty Blonde Champagne Cocktails. Here’s to raising the bar at your reception and toasting to your new marriage. Cheers! (Please drink responsibly, 21 and older, and always have a designated driver.

Signature cocktails, Disaronno, Disarita, Hurricane, Alabama Slammer, Disaronno

Disaronno is an Italian liqueur flavored with herbs and fruits soaked in apricot kernel oil.


Alabama Slammer
2/3 oz Disaronno
2/3 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
3 oz Orange juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.




1 1/3 oz Disaronno
3/5 oz Tequila
2 oz Margarita mix
Shake with ice and strain into a margarita glass. Rim the glass with salt and garnish with a lime slice.





2/3 oz Disaronno
1/2 oz White Rum
2/3 oz Dark Rum
2 oz Passion fruit juice
2 oz Sweet & Sour mix
1/2 oz Grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.



Signature cocktails, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Tea-Breeze, Southern Fly, Mo-tea-to

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka is infused with tea grown on a plantation five miles from the distillery. It is blended with real Louisiana sugar cane.

Firefly Tea-Breeze
1 part Firefly Raspberry Tea Vodka
Equal parts grapefruit and cranberry juice


Firefly Southern Fly
1 part Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
1 part spring water
Lemon twist


Firefly Mo-tea-to
Half a lime
1 part Firefly Mint Tea Vodka
2 parts club soda
Muddle limes and add Firefly and club soda. Stir gently.

Moet and Chandon, Signature cocktails, Rose Imperial,


Cherry Chiller
2 basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
3 pitted bing cherries, plus 2 extra for garnish
1/2 oz gin (i.e. Plymouth)
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
3-4 oz Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial

Moët & Chandon Rosé Impéria is pink champagne dominated by wild strawberries and Pinot Noir.







Orange Sunrise
1 scoop of guava sorbet (or 2 oz guava nectar), or in a pinch use orange sherbet and add a little guava nectar to it.
1/2 oz orange liqueur
Moët & Chandon (Impérial or Rosé) champagne
Combine the sorbet (and/or nectar) with the orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute. Top with Moët & Chandon champagne.


Signature cocktails, Dirty Blonde Champagne Cocktails, Raspberry Flirtini, Peach Passion Bellini, Grapefruit Mimosa, Sparkeling Mojito

Dirty Blonde Champagne Cocktails are a flavorful collection of fruit infused champagne that are perfect right out of the bottle.

Raspberry Flirtini
Red raspberry and vanilla infusions.




Grapefruit Mimosa
Citrus infusions and bursts of red cherry.

Sparkling Mojito
Seductive infusions of Rum & lime essence and a hint of mint for a smooth, tropical sensation and cool inspiration

Peach Passion Bellini
Luscious peach nectar with a hint of sensuous passion fruit essence.


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