A great way to get guest mingling and catching up on each others’ happenings is to have a cocktail hour. Cocktail hours for weddings typically take place after the ceremony and before the reception. However, have you thought of having a cocktail hour before the wedding? We are not saying an open bar. The time waiting for the wedding to start may be a great time to offer a specialized drink.
So many times you think of mixed drinks with hard alcohol, champagne and wine for your specialty wedding drink. But, and that is a big butt like Sir Mix-A-Lot size, craft beers are vastly popular. Select the right beer choices. We are not talking about offering just one specific style of beer. We’re talking about a mixed beer drink!
5 Surprisingly Good Mixed Beer Drinks
Having a summer wedding? We recommend a lighter and fruitier type of beer mixture. This is where the the Bananenweizen comes walking in. It is made of a Hefeweizen beer and banana juice. Common craft beer Hefeweizens include Pyramid Hefeweizen, Widmer Hefeweizen and Schlafly Hefeweizen. A perfect garnish would be dried banana chips.
Another summer beer drink is the Blood Orange Shandy. It is made with a light lager, including Miller Light, Bud Light, or Michelob Ultra, and sparkling blood orange juice. Fresh mint makes a great garnish. Giada offers the recipe on her website.
For winter weddings you may want a beer mixture that warms you up a bit. If so, try the Spicy Muchelada. The beverage includes a light Mexican beer like Corona Light and Pacifico, honey and smoked paprika. See the complete recipe here. Don’t forget the salted rim glass and sliced lime garnish.
Dark and full bodied beers are typically in season in the colder months. One way to make many type of beer enthusiasts happy is to offer the famous black and tan. The black and tan is a mixture of Guinness Draught and Harp Lager. The best part is the cool effect of the drink as it separates the Guinness on top with the Lager on the bottom (like oil and water). However, it MUST be poured properly. Learn how to pour a black and tan before offering to wedding guests.
Hate the taste of beer? We dare you to try a Lambic Sangria! This even has two different kinds of beers in it. One is a witbier, like Blue Moon and Alaskan White, and a lambic, like Lindemans Framboise. You must also include raspberries and an orange if it is sangria! See the complete recipe.
In conclusion, just because you have a specialty drink doesn’t mean you have to have margaritas or daiquiris. Think outside of the norm and go with a mixed beer drink or play some beer songs!
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. He lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. Matt's other likes include craft beer, baseball, and traveling.