liquor storesAs a bride or groom-to-be, you want to try to make the day as relaxing and fun as you can. How can you make this fairy-tale day an awesome celebration? Booze. Roughly 20% to 25% of any average wedding catering bill will go to the alcohol budget, so keep that in mind if you’re opting for an open bar.

When you are buying liquor for weddings, it can be tricky to know what to get. Liquor stores have so many options, how could anyone possibly choose? The first step for picking your wedding liquor list is to understand what cocktails will be requested during your reception. Here is a list of five extremely popular wedding cocktails that should help you narrow down your options.

  • Gin Martini: This classic cocktail includes gin, dry vermouth, and options olives for a garnish. This cocktail gained it’s popularity during the Prohibition because gin was pretty easy to craft illegally.
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  • Whiskey Ginger: All you need for this drink is whiskey and ginger ale. Liquor stores typically have a variety of whiskey to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong.
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  • Kalimotxo: This cocktail leans more with wine lovers than hard liquor drinkers, as the two main ingredients are red wine and cola. This mix gives your guests options if they want wine with a little mix of Spanish influence.
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  • Long Island Iced Tea: For this classic cocktail, you’ll need rum, vodka, tequila, gin, lemon, and cola. This may seem like a lot, but those ingredients can be used for other drinks as well. This classic will be a hit for many of your guests.
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  • Manhattan: For this mix, you’ll need sweet vermouth, bitters, whisky, and maraschino cherries. This drink is a tale as old as time, so you really can’t go wrong.

When you are planning your wedding bar options, try to stick with the basics to make it easier on yourself. Check out your local liquor stores and stock up to make these signature cocktails that your guests will love.

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