There aren’t many occasions where you get to pop open a bottle of champagne, but your wedding day is definitely one of those. Champagne (or sparkling wine, if you prefer to get something that isn’t from France) is synonymous with most weddings and serving the right champagne to your guests can make a lasting impression.
Champagne engenders a feeling of celebration and helps to set a jovial mood at your reception. However, tradition now dictates that when speeches are made and when bride and groom are toasted, all of the guests raise a glass of champagne. Champagne isn’t just champagne though – not unlike red and white wine – there are a few variants. Brut is dry, whereas Demi Sec is is sweeter. You can also opt for a vintage year, where the champagne is made from a specific harvest year. As mentioned previously, champagne can only be called that if it comes from the Champagne region in France. Of course, a special occasion deserves a special drink, but don’t be afraid to be adventurous. There are many sparkling wines out there, in particular from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and California, USA. To make a real impression, consider placing a magnum bottle (1,5 litres) or a jeroboam bottle (3 litres) on your table.
Champagne is also the base for excellent cocktails, such as bellinis. You can also mix champagne with orange juice for something that has a lower alcohol content. Depending on the season, you can consider mulled wine for a wedding in the winter, or Pimms for a summer wedding. With Pimms you can experiment with various summer fruits and dash of lemonade to add some fizz (mint leaves are essential though).
Cocktails can be a refreshing break from the norm during a wedding reception. Try traditional cocktails such as martinis, an old fashioned or brandy with cola. Cocktails that are popular right now are mojitos and daiquiris. To make your mark on your wedding reception, try to create your own signature cocktail. Consider characteristics that encapsulate both the bride and groom and go with that. Remember to give it a suitable name, something that describes the newly weds.