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
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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 Recipes: Holiday Signature Cocktails

Signature cocktails are very trendy and popular in the wedding scene today. Some brides use them to further personalize their wedding day by creating a signature drink that reflects both the bride and the groom and the theme/feel of the wedding itself. Others like to incorporate signature cocktails into their bar when they have opted for a more affordable beer and wine bar, but want to add a little something special as a drink option for their guests.

Since the holidays are fast approaching I thought I’d list a few recipe ideas for holiday signature cocktails for your holiday weddings! Set aside a night with your soon to be hubby to mix up these delicious treats and maybe you’ll choose one for the big day! (Maybe even serve a couple at your holiday gatherings this year!) If you like any of these recipes just give it to your bartender and he/she should be able to recreate it (over and over again!) for your celebrating guests.

Peppermint Patty

– 1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
– 1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
– 1 oz. creme de cacao
– 1 oz. Light cream
Garnish: peppermint stick (red and green)

Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with red and green peppermint stick

Mistletoe Kiss

– 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff cranberry flavored vodka
– 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
– 1 oz coconut cream
Garnish: maraschino cherries

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with maraschino cherries.

Gingerbread Applecrisp

– 1 oz Monin gingerbread syrup
– 2 oz Bacardi Big Apple rum
– 2 oz apple juice
– splash of lemon juice

Place 1/2 cup of simple syrup and 4 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs on separate plates. Dip outside rim of martini glass into simple syrup, then into graham cracker crumbs several times to ensure coverage. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, gingerbread syrup, apple juice and lemon juice. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with red apple slice.

Yum..they sound so delicious! I may have to make a couple this weekend for my fiance and I..just a taste test! Hehee 🙂 If my wedding wasn’t a summer wedding these would be tempting additions for my big day. These would be best for you winter wedding brides though. Delish!