Food & drink

9th November 2018


5 drink trends you need to know about for your wedding reception

Wine and water, move over!


Wedding guests are becoming increasingly discerning – gone are the days when a couple of red and white wine options do the trick. From creative cocktails to fine flavours, here are some of the most popular drink orders of the moment according to local industry experts, Farsons Direct.

All things Gin

Gin has sky-rocketed to popularity in recent years, and nowadays, it appears to be everyone’s favourite drink. Wedding bars with an emphasis on gin and gin-based drinks are increasing in popularity, and, thanks to the rise of a dedicated gin bar, look incredibly sophisticated too. Not to mention the variety of flavours and garnishes available – what’s not to love?

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Spritz o’clock

Light, refreshing, bubbly and bright, this iconic Italian aperitif is making serious orange waves. Its sunset-orange hue is as photogenic as it gets, and its crisp, sweet and barely-bitter tasting notes make it the perfect addition to your summer wedding cocktail hour, midday bridal shower or post-wedding brunch. And if you’re looking to calm your nerves with a drink before the ceremony, a spritz – with its lower alcohol content – will do the trick. Consider an aperittivo station at your reception too, pairing light alcoholic beverages, such as prosecco, champagne and Aperol Spritz with some tasty snacks from a dedicated table.

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An iconic cocktail

Campari is a fixture at weddings, and one drink which will never fall out of favour that has Campari at its heart is a Negroni. The iconic Italian cocktail, made with gin, vermouth, and Campari, has been around since 1919 – a tried and true classic. For a local twist, which will also lower the alcohol content of the drink, top it up with Kinnie, and voila!

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The new kid

The beauty of Campari – apart from its flavour – is its adaptability. If you’re looking for a fresh and innovative cocktail using this much loved beverage, consider a Campari Tonic, which is stunningly simple to make, and brings together two bitter ingredients to deliver an incredibly refreshing drink. All you need are 3cl of Campari, 9cl of tonic, a slice of lime (squeeze and drop it in the glass) and ice cubes.

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Pimp your Prosecco

Prosecco is another much-loved drink which can be adapted to suit varying tastes, and what better way to perfect your own prosecco than with a DIY prosecco bar? Guests can add their own twist to a glass of fizz, including seasonal fruit purees, liqueurs and pretty garnishes, such as cucumber, lime, berries, herbs and flowers. Presentation for a bar of this kind is key – guide your guests with simple tips on a blackboard or pin board, and lay everything out in jars, jugs and bowls for your guests to create their own fizz masterpiece.

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Image Credits

Wedding Directory