What is a signature drink? This personalized selection can be a fabulous and unexpected treat to serve to your guests during your wedding reception. Between choosing a wedding venue in San Diego and finding a talented florist, crafting a signature drink that your guests can enjoy might be the last thing on your mind. However, it can be rather easy to create the perfect one. This lovely libation can be chosen as a single drink that represents your love story, or it can be a selection of two drinks that represent your unique tastes as individuals. From the story behind the drink to the recipe, here’s how to make a signature drink for a wedding!


The signature drink is a fun accessory to your wedding day that will enhance the wedding cocktail hour. You can choose to color coordinate your ingredients to match your wedding color scheme or go with a seasonal favorite that plays into the temperature, weather, or the holiday season. There are endless ideas!


A good wedding signature drink will exude your energy and give insight into your one of a kind wedding day. So, if you can make it personal and choose a refreshment that has helped you make memories in your life, you can’t go wrong. Maybe an elderflower-infused gin cocktail is the kind of drink he bought you on the first date. Or maybe, a classic old fashioned happens to both be your favorite drink of choice. By adding a little emotion behind the story of your signature drink selection, it will amplify the lovely details of your day.


Keep the ingredients simple for your sake, and for the sake of the bar line. Nothing will keep wedding guests waiting longer than a muddled masterpiece with four types of liquor, two mixers, a various array of exotic bitters, garnished with seasonal fruit or a lime wedge. As for Grand Tradition’s signature drinks, here are some of our in-house favorites:

Sparks Fly: Brut Champagne, St. Germain Liqueur, Splash of Cranberry Splash of Lemon Juice, Raspberry Garnish

Mi Amor: Patron Silver, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Liqueur, Agave Nectar, Club Soda, Lime Wheel Garnish

Cherry’d Away: Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, Creme de Banane, Luxardo Cherry, Orange Peel Garnish


Don’t just settle for beer and wine during your cocktail hour. Get creative and create a unique cocktail that represents you both as a couple or opt for one of our delicious in-house options at Grand Tradition! Above all, it’s important to remember as you’re creating a signature drink that it should revolve around one thing, the celebration of your union. Whether it’s fruity or refreshing, your wedding signature drink will serve as a playful representation of your love. When guests pick up your cocktail or mocktail, they should feel something and most definitely taste something delicious!


Sincerely, Wedding Coordinator Sarah Fox