Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thirsty for a Cocktail?

There isn't much I love more than a good cocktail, especially since I'm not a beer drinker, and ESPECIALLY when spending hours and hours on tedious wedding crafting. So I've been trying to think of what we'll do for our signature cocktails, which will really just be cocktails made with the on hand bar selection, but something that we can think up a cute name for.

I really want lavender martinis, and the bar manager at The Mountain Terrace is going to look into getting the lavender mixer for me, but that's all that I've been able to think of that fits our color scheme. There's a serious lack of purple drinks it seems, unless you want to do something with grape juice or food coloring.

One drink that I did try to make up with ingredients in our house was vodka, black raspberry liquor (it's a dark purple color), then half sprite and half pineapple juice. It was purple and yummy, but an ugly, milky purple from the pineapple juice.

My mom also found a drink called an Aviation, which is 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur, 1/2 ounce creme de violette, and1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice. It's pretty, but after doing some research, creme de violette is pretty impossible to find.


I also LOVE this idea from Martha, lavender infused champagne, with little sprigs of lavender as a garnish, but I also worry it might be too difficult (Would we have to supply the lavender sprigs? Can the bar manager find the dried lavender? Are the sprigs of lavender really clean enough to put in your drink?)

Lavender Champagne: 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon dried lavender, 4 bottles (750 mL) dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled, and fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish.


I also tried making Chambord and Champagne, to see what color it would turn out to be, hoping the champagne would dilute the Chambord enough to make it more purple. It was really yummy, just put about 1/4 ounce in the bottom of a champagne glass and then fill with champagne, but turned out a more red/pink color.


  1. Too funny - I posted about signature drinks today too. When I started reading, I immediately thought of Cambord and Champagne or a Kir Royale, but you're right, they are more raspberry than purple. I'll think about it for you.

    Also, gotta love the Steve Padis champagne glasses. Sadly, we have some, too, along with the bottle of champagne he gave us which we will take on our honeymoon :)

  2. Nope, no signature drink for us since neither me or the fiance drinks any alcohol. We will be offering it to the guests and will have a champagne toast, but even during that we'll be drinking sparkling cider :) I have the feeling most of our guests will go for beer, wine and their hard liquor straight shooters :) I'm sure you'll come up with something wonderful.

  3. We’ll be doing a signature sangria, but we thought about doing a purple drink, which would combine Stoli Blakberi vodka, blackberry lemonade and crushed blackberries. It’s a great drink!

  4. I just had the yummiest purple cocktail called Purple Rain, which had Grey Goose, Chambord, raspberry puree, and pineapple. It was really tasty and a pretty shade of purple.

    I love cocktails and we were so excited about doing one, but sadly it's not in the budget right now *sigh* ... we had all these red and blue ideas with strawberries and blueberries :)

  5. Hey miss, I would look up Parfait Amour, found some delicious cocktails made with it. Very purple liqueur. Had a fabulous PURPLE martini at the Davenport in Spokane made with Parfait Amour called The Orchid. Maybe you could see if you could get the drink recipe from the hotel. It came from their Peacock Lounge.