Autumn/Fall Signature Drink Recipes – Caramel Appletini and Pumpkin Pie Martini – YUM!

The leaves are falling and a chill is in the air. Autumn weddings are in full swing as Halloween is now over and Thanksgiving quickly approaches. Warm fall weddings often feature warm red and gold colors, pretty bits of nature at its best like leaves and pumpkins… What else do you need? Well how about adding an autumn themed signature drink to your big event? Martinis are always a big hit for weddings and parties, so a “Caramel Appletini” or a “Pumpkin Pie Martini” would be fantastic for your event!

Caramel Appletini Wedding Signature Drink Recipe
Photo courtesy of Claire Sutton on flickr.com

Caramel Appletini

Caramel apples are so delicious.. How could you go wrong making it into an adult beverage instead??

For one drink you will need –

  • 1 oz. of Baileys® Irish Cream with a Hint of Caramel Flavor
  • 0.5 oz. Smirnoff® Green Apple Flavored Vodka
  • 1 tsp. Caramel
  • 1 Apple Slice (a pretty finishing touch!)
  1. Shake Baileys, vodka and caramel in an ice-filled shaker until chilled.
  2. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with the apple slice. (Rimming the glass with some caramel may be an idea for an extra treat!)

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini Signature Drink Recipe - Perfect for Weddings and Parties
Photo and recipe courtesy of Day Dream Desserts

Pumpkin Pie Martini –
Nothing says fall like pumpkin pie. With this delicious fall themed martini your guests can enjoy the taste of autumn and still mingle!

For one drink you will need –

  • 1.5 oz. pecan liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 0.5 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 graham cracker, ground (optional for garnish)
  1. If desired rim your martini glass with ground graham cracker.
  2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  3. Shake until chilled and pour into your chilled martini glass.

These autumn signature drinks would add fall flavor to any autumn themed wedding or party. Your guests will love how you turned two fall favorites into yummy drinks instead!

Guest Post: Signature Drinks and Tying the Knot

Wedding trends can be fabulous or frightful.  Remember the year of the black wedding dress or the season of the pastel tuxedo?  Yes, I try to forget them too, but my wedding photos keep reminding me that unfortunate trends can make looking back on your day a bit embarrassing. 2013, though, is the year of a trend we can all appreciate, the signature cocktail.

Why oh why didn’t someone come up with this idea a decade or so ago?  Instead of stocking a full bar, which is incredibly expensive and annoying (especially when Aunt Shirley makes the bartenders mix her special “All You Can Drink” beverage that comes with a cherry-on-top, a separate pitcher of tequila with lime, and a whiskey chaser), the bride and groom can concoct a bright and fresh cocktail of their own.  This drink can reflect the wedding’s theme and color and, best of all, will cost less than a full bar.  I know “buying in bulk” is one of my favorite phrases, and whoever is paying for the wedding will be delighted with this new fad as well.

Choosing the signature drink can be done at a pre-wedding party.  The bride and groom can gather their friends and family, add vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch, etc., throw in some sweet liqueurs and juices, and voila’, the special cocktail is born.  The best part is drinking all the mistakes and false starts.  Designated drivers are a must for this gathering, but just observing the festivities will be reward enough for attending.  At the end of this grueling exercise, something truly noteworthy will be created.

Here is a signature drink recipe that you can try at home.  Developed by the event experts at the Turning Stone Resort, the Bermuda Rose Martini is a drink inspired by warm weather months of spring and summer.  Known for their gorgeous landscape and bountiful amenities, the Turning Stone Resort is a popular Central New York wedding venue.  Experiment with different recipes to find the best match for your wedding.

Bermuda Rose Cocktail Signature Drink for Weddings, Showers & Parties

 

Bermuda Rose Martini

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 2 oz. Orange Huice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

 

This recipe can easily turned into a “mocktail”.  Mocktails are delicious, and even kids can enjoy them.  Also, the use of mock-tails at the reception lowers the chances of drunken brawls.  Aunt Shirley might not appreciate the absence of alcohol, but she will survive.

Bermuda Mocktail Signature Drink Non-Alcoholic Perfect for Weddings, Showers & Parties
Photo credit – Babble

Bermuda Mocktail

  • Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

The reception will benefit from the happy couple’s unique beverage.  The guests will be impressed by the novelty and delicious taste, and the money saved can be used for something special, like gifts the bridal pair registered for and didn’t get. Everyone wins, and this is one trend that won’t be embarrassing to remember ten or twenty years down the line.

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Sea Glass Candy – Perfect for Summer & Beach/Waterfront Weddings

homemade diy sea glass candy wedding favor recipe beach water treat
credit – Sarah Parrott on flickr

When one thinks of summer one of the first things most people think of is… the beach! What’s one thing that one finds at the beach? Sea glass! That’s why I thought this diy candy recipe would make a perfect wedding or party favor for those having a summer, beach or waterfront wedding or event. Like a lot of the ideas on my blog the recipe is fully customizable to give you the ability to tweak it to fit your special day. There are so many flavors and colors to choose from and also a variety of pretty packaging options!

First things first, lets start with the recipe so you can make your own sea glass candy right at home!

DIY Homemade Sea Glass Candy

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon flavoring oil, depending on strength of flavor – You will want to make a test batch to get the color and flavor intensity just right! *See notes below for links to some sites with a HUGE selection of delicious flavor oil options. You can also try baking, craft or your local grocery stores!
  • Liquid or gel paste food color (Gel Paste Colors tend to be more intense!) Available in most craft and baking supply stores or online. *See notes below for links to sites offering a wide selection of colors.
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.
  2. Stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat just until sugar dissolves.
  3. Without stirring, boil until candy thermometer registers 300-310 degrees which usually takes about 30 minutes. You can test by dropping small amount into ice water; syrup should separate into threads that are hard and brittle when ready!
  4. Immediately remove from heat and wait a minute or two for boiling to stop.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir in flavoring oil and food color until well blended. Immediately pour onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  7. Lightly dust slab of candy on both sides with confectioners’ sugar, brushing off excess sugar.
  8. Break into small pieces.

Store airtight. Makes 1 pound, 6 ounces(4 cups)

 
That’s it! Make one color/flavor or a few batches of different coordinating colors to make pretty mixes! Pack them in little tins, bakery bags or bakery boxes with some pretty ribbon or twine and maybe even add a cute label or sticker with your names and wedding date, your wedding monogram, etc. The possibilities (as always!) are endless. Let your creativity explode! (Need twine or custom designed labels or stickers to personalize your yummy sea glass treats? Check out my shop website and I can help you out!)

It’s so simple and delicious. The hardest part will be not eating it all up before the wedding!

*Note – Helpful web links!

  • Wilton – Large Selection of Food Coloring
  • LorAnn Oils – Huge Selection of concentrated super strength flavors plus they have food coloring too!
  • Layer Cake Shop – Another great selection of yummy flavoring oils and food colors too!
  • Weddings*n*Whimsy – My stationery, paper products site – Custom designed paper products for weddings and events such as tags, labels, place cards, table numbers and more! Plus much sought after luxe baker’s twine in a huge assortment of colors.

homemade diy sea glass candy wedding favor recipe beach water treat with tin
credit- Sarah Parrott on flickr.com

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Homemade Lemonade Favors in Pretty Italian Bottles – Perfect for Summer Weddings!

homemade fresh squeezed bottled lemonade with recipe for summer wedding favors

Summer is here and who doesn’t enjoy a fresh, cold glass of homemade lemonade? These custom homemade lemonade wedding favors are presented in pretty italian glass swing top bottles that you can customize with a label, tag or pretty ribbon! I got this great idea browsing pinterest and I stumbled on photos of lemonade favors done by Jordan of Ohhappyday.com (see photo above!). I did more research into a recipe and supplies and will break it all down for you below so you can send your wedding or shower guests home with their own refreshing bottle of lemonade. It’s extremely affordable and your guests will love how pretty they are (and how yummy they are too!).

You will need…

  • Your favorite homemade lemonade recipe (If you don’t have one see below for a yummy recipe that I use!)
  • Italian Bottles (She used some from Ikea (SLOM bottle with stopper) but I know some of us (including me) aren’t fortunate enough to live near one so I found a fantastic place online that you can order from that offers them in 3 different sizes! That way you can decide if you want a single serving bottle (250 mL), 2 serving bottle (500 mL)or more of a family size favor size (1000 mL). The more you buy the more you save! – Check out ebottles.com!)
  • A funnel
  • Custom Labels, Tags or Ribbon (Make your own or I would be more than happy to create custom labels/tags for you if needed! – weddingsnwhimsy.com)

Make your lemonade, fill up your pretty bottles using the funnel and then customize them with a label or tag, or some pretty ribbon!

Here is a recipe for homemade lemonade I have used and it comes out delicious!

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Makes 2 quarts which should be enough for 8 of the 250 mL bottles, 4 of the 500 mL bottles or 2 of the large 1000 mL bottles. Multiple recipe as needed!

  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Usually about about 4 lemons!)
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

Just mix the ingredients above and you will be all set to fill your bottles! Want strawberry lemonade instead? Try mixing in 2 pints of pureed strawberries to the recipe above. You could also try adding a tablespoon of grenadine!

Yum! I think I am going to have to break out the recipe and enjoy some this weekend. It’s delicious and I love it during the summer – and I think you and your guests will too!

 

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Cupcakes in a Jar

cupcake in a jar wedding favor jute twine wooden spoon unique yummy weding favor edible
credit – ealancas on flickr.com

Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? One may ask how does one improve on the idea of such a delicious sugary treat? You make it more portable by adding it to a jar! (Plus – you can add a pretty coordinating label or hang tag to match everything else at your wedding reception or special event!) Cupcakes in a Jar couldn’t be more simple and your guests will love  the creativity and deliciousness in a portable pretty package.

I also love the ability to express yourself as a couple in the flavors you choose cupcake capsule! Red Velvet and cream cheese frosting? Double fudge chocolate with classic vanilla butter cream? It’s all up to you. Don’t even get me started on sprinkles and toppings! 😀

You will need –

  • Cupcakes baked without liners
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles/Toppings (Optional)
  • 8 oz. glass jars with lids – Find some here (Ball Jars could work nicely here too!)
  • Wooden Spoons – Find some here
  • Bakers Twine, Jute Twine or Raffia (to tie the spoon on!)
  • Pastry Bag (Or ziploc bag) and decorative tips
  • Knife

Let’s get started! First you need to bake your cupcakes. Use any cake mix or cake recipe you want! Maybe there’s a family recipe you could use to add to the personalization of your favor!  Just mix up the cake batter and spoon it into cupcake pans sprayed with non-stick spray. (Fill each cupcake cup about 2/3 of the way with batter!)

Unsure what cake recipe to use? Here are some delicious sounding high rated recipes to try:

Bake your cupcakes according to the recipe or package directions. Then allow your cupcakes to fully cool and slice them all in half so you have a bunch of bottoms and a bunch of tops.

Place a bottom into each of your jars. Then take your pastry bag of icing and pipe in a dollop of frosting. (No pastry bag? Scooping in a dollop with a spoon works too! I have also wondered if it would be a neat idea to add a spoonful of filling in this step instead of the frosting but haven’t tried it yet! I’m not sure if it would still look as pretty but it may be worth trying some cherry, strawberry or lemon curd filling here too!)

Need a frosting recipe? Here are some highly rated recipes!

Now, place the top of the cupcake onto your frosting dollop and gently press it so the frosting spreads/smooshes out. (Make sure when you add frosting in the previous step that you put in enough! When you add the top of the cupcake it needs to smoosh/spreads out enough so that you can see a pretty layer of frosting from the outside of the jar! ) Gently flatten/smash the top of the cupcake so it is more flat and less rounded. This helps when adding frosting in the last step and gives the cupcake in a jar a neat layered look from the outside!

Pipe a swirly dollop of frosting on top with your decorative frosting tip (or spoon it in if you are without the bag and tips). Then you can add some pretty colored sprinkles, chopped nuts, sugar crystals…Anything  you want that would further customize your cute cupcake favor.

When that’s all done screw on the lid and you are ready for the finishing touches! Add a personalized favor label to the lid of the jar or hang a personalized favor tag to the jar when you tie on the wooden spoon. That’s it!

Cupcakes in a Jar are a fun, whimsy (not to mention DELICIOUS) favor idea for your big day. Your guests will be so excited to see their very own cupcake concoction waiting for them at their seat or arranged pretty on a favor table. Some guests may dig in right away (how could they resist?) or they may save it for later when they have danced the night away and want something yummy on their way home. Cupcakes in a Jar are tasty and so easily customized to fit your big day and you both as a couple. They are guaranteed to wow your guests – young and old!

As always if you use our instructions to make up your own jars of deliciousness we want to see pics! 🙂 Keep calm and cupcake in a jar on!

Note – Some photos show more layers in their jars – You can do this if you want, it is just a matter of preference! I figured the single layer would be just as tasty and save you some time but if you want to add more layers just cut the cupcake into thirds and repeat the layering steps! 🙂
Cupcake in a jar wedding favor red velvet cream cheese unique
credit – rbkcupcakes on flickr.com

cupcake in a jar wedding favor idea vanilla sprinkles
credit – angryjuliemonday on flickr.com