Winter Wedding Cocktails

A tasty cocktail during the reception hour, the official start to the wedding celebration, is a great way to set a festive tone for the rest of the evening and puts the guests in a relaxed, cheerful mood.  When you start thinking about your options, you want to make sure your choices are fun and creative.  And nothing is more imaginative than incorporating the weather.  The crisp, chilly air of winter is like a third guest of honor at a winter wedding.  So impress your guests with a selection of winter cocktails.  We’ve taken the liberty of pre-selecting these fun libations for you.  Enjoy!


Hot Buttered Apple Cider


Ingredients (makes 1 drink)

  • 1 cup apple cider, heated
  • 1 1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • Whipped cream, unsweetened
  • Apple slice, for garnish


  • Pour very hot apple cider into a glass
  • Add butterscotch schnapps
  • Top with whipped cream (optional)

Recipe from Holiday Cocktails by Jessica Strand


Coco Snowball

Coco-Snowball Winter Winter Cocktail

Ingredients (Makes 1 drink)

  • 2 ounces Stolichnaya Vanilla
  • 2 ounces Malibu rum
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez
  • ¼ ounce Blue Curacao


  • Rim glass with honey and fresh shredded coconut
  • Shake well and pour into a martini glass

Recipe from Wedding Blog by the Breakers


Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients (Makes 1 pitcher)

  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of champagne


  • In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur
  • Slowly add champagne
  • Serve over ice

Recipe from Martha Stewart


Winter Wonderland Martini


Ingredients (Makes 1 drink)

  • 2 ounces of vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 2 ounces crème de cacao, separated
  • splash of milk
  • shredded coconut
  • Pirouline cookie


  • Rim a martini glass using 1 ounce of the creme de cacao and the shredded coconut
  • Combine vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, remaining creme de cacao and milk in a shaker with ice
  • Shake and pour into the glass
  • Garnish with the Pirouline cookie (optional)

Recipe from One Martini at a Time


Candy Cane Cocktail


Ingredients (Makes 1 drink)

  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce green crème de menthe
  • 1½ ounces chocolate-flavored vodka
  • ½ ounce white crème de cacao
  • 3 ounces half and half


  • Pour grenadine into champagne flute
  • Slowly add the creme de menthe so it “floats” on top of grenadine
  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add chocolate-flavored vodka, white crème de cocao and half and half
  • Shake well, then strain into champagne glass, pouring slowly and gently so the milky mixture floats on top of the crème de menthe
  • Garnish with mint leaves (optional)

Please Note: The “floating” technique keeps colors from blending, yielding separate layers of red, green and white. Recipe from Cathy Miller/ For Inside Jersey 

We have several other favorite winter wedding cocktail ideas on our Pinterest “Winter Wedding Cocktails” board.  Take a look.

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