Try These Pittsburgh-Inspired, Signature Wedding Drink Ideas

While your guests start to make their way to the reception space, you’ll be out posing with your new spouse and bridal party. Be there in spirit(s) by serving a signature drink that represents who you are as a couple. Whether it’s based on favorite flavors or coordinating colors, these concoctions will liven up cocktail hour and add a personal touch to your day.

By Rachel Jones | Photographs by Michael Fornataro | Styling by Samantha Casale

1. Moscow Mule

Whether they’re drawn to the flavor profile or just the cute copper mug, people love a good Moscow Mule. “It’s a fan favorite,” says Mark Zablow of Yes, We Cater. “It comes up a lot when we talk signature drinks.” A mix of ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice, the drink delivers a crisp sip with a little kick of spice. Yes, We Cater’s Pamela Snyder garnishes hers with lime wedges and mint sprigs for extra refreshment. Serving it over ice in a copper mug keeps the cold temperature and adds a beautiful scene to the bar.

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Duet roses, déjà vu roses, yellow cymbidium orchid, kale, hyacinths, ranunculus, French heather, poppies, peach begonias, and lavender from Mt. Lebanon Floral. Iced sugar cookies from Spinola’s Bake Shop. Mugs provided by Contemporary Concepts.

2. Taboo Tini

As the creative genius behind the addicting Toffee Taboo candy, Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions prefers dessert-inspired drinks. “We came up with this as a way to use up the leftover crumbles at the end of a batch,” Sendall says of his Taboo Tini. Dip a chocolate-syrup-rimmed glass in small pieces of Toffee Taboo for a decadent border. Shake vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, and half and half with ice, then strain into the garnished glass. The best part of the sweet-and-salty combo is the crunch of chocolate and nuts you enjoy after each sip!

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Roses and double tulips from Cuttings. Burnt almond torte cupcakes from Prantl’s Bakery.

3. Basil-Infused Whiskey Sour

Keeping up with trends — and making it easier on the bartender! — Tom Dunne of Common Plea Catering suggests serving a simple drink. “People just want something that looks clean,” he says. “A lot of younger couples are going for whiskey and bourbon drinks instead of Champagne punches.” This Basil-infused Whiskey Sour hits all of the right notes. The secret is a simple syrup of sugar, water, and fresh basil — which is heated until the sugar dissolves, steeped for an hour, then strained. Shake the basil-infused syrup, bourbon, and sours mix over ice, then strain into a glass with a sugared basil leaf garnish. The touch of sweetness lightens the libation and makes refills hard to resist!

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Blooming quince, French heather, hyacinth, and roses from Cuttings. White almond cake with cherry-pineapple-almond buttercream filling from Moio’s Italian Pastry.

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