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11 Refreshing Summer Wedding Reception Cocktails

Welcome to summer wedding season folks! The flowers are colorful, the weather is beautiful, and the guests expect great cocktails. For a bride who has thought about this day for your entire life, a signature cocktail is a wonderful detail to add for a fabulous reception.

What you are looking for at a reception is a refreshing wedding cocktail that won’t break the bank and can be made in large batches for easy serving. So we have thrown together some fun and delicious cocktail recipes that will quench your thirst, and the thirst of your guests, on your big day!

1. Spiked Blackberry Lemonade

This drink is always at the top of the list because it is both easy to make and serve. With blackberries in full season, this one can be fun and delicious! To make:

6 oz. of lemonade
2 oz. of vodka
1 tbsp of blackberry puree
Fresh blackberries and lemon slices to garnish.

To add an additional twist, you can add ginger ale and make it a bubbly. This one can easily be made in a large batch for easy serving.

2. Blueberry Vodka Mojito

Blueberry Vodka Mojito

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This one is sure to get your guests out on the dance floor! You can even make these skinny without sacrificing taste by using Sprite Zero. To make:

2 oz. vodka
4 oz. Sprite
2 sprigs fresh mint (one for shaker, one for garnish)
1 tbsp fresh blueberries (reserve a few for garnish)

Add vodka, mint, and blueberries to a share full of ice and shake! Pour in a glass and top with sprite, blueberries, and mint.

3. Red Wine Sangria

This one is perfect to prep before hand and serve since it requires a lot of fruit cutting. Serve it in a highball glass or a mason jar for a different look and feel. To make:

1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 lime, thinly sliced crosswise
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup green grapes, halved
1/4 cup brandy
1 bottle dry red wine
4 cups chilled lemon-lime soda

Make sure this one gets to sit and soak for at least an hour before serving. It is even better if made the night before. Garnish with an orange slice if the mood suits you!

4. Cucumber Basil Martini

This one is very refreshing and goes great with a pastel color palette. Most bartenders will have each of the juices on hand already if you let them know ahead of time. To make:

1 oz. simple syrup
1 cucumber slice
1 basil leaf, torn
2 oz. vodka
Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
Ice cubes
1 cucumber wheel, for garnish

In a shaker, muddle cucumber with basil. Add simple syrup, vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, and ice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish martini with cucumber wheel.

5. Strawberries and Champagne

This is one of the easiest cocktails to make. Most weddings come complete with the wedding toast and so champagne is already a planned expense. Garnishing with a fresh strawberry adds flavor, color, and a fancy twist on a very simple drink.

Spiked Peach Iced Tea

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6. Spiked Peach Iced Tea

This one can be dressed up or dressed down, but will never disappoint. The sweetness of this cocktail and refreshing nature makes it easy to drink on a hot summer day. To make:

2 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Peach Iced Tea
3 oz. Lemonade
Peach, sliced
Fresh Mint

In a 12 oz. highball glass filled with ice, add the vodka, followed by the peach iced tea, then the lemonade. Garnish with fresh mint and a peach slice and enjoy!

7. Beachside Peach

Keeping up with the summer fruit flavors, a Beachside Peach is perfect for sipping all night. This light and crisp drink will get your guests in the summer sprit and ready to dance the night away. To make:

2 oz. Peach Vodka
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 oz. Ginger ale
Splash of fresh lime juice

Pour vodka over ice and then add juices and top with ginger ale and a splash of lime juice. Serve with a peach slice and sip away!

8. Raspberry Bourbon Smash

This one give a great kick to a summer wedding. The light pink color goes great with a blush pink palette or any other pastels. To make:

1 tbsp raspberry jam
2 oz. Bourbon
2 oz. fresh orange juice
splash of Triple Sec
Sparkling Water

Pour ingredients over ice and stir to mix. Add an orange slice as a garnish and enjoy!

9. Mango Blackberry Vodka Cooler

Mango Blackberry Vodka Cooler

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This cocktail gives the perfect sweet and tangy combination for your guests to enjoy. When making this drink, it is best to do the puree prep-work before hand and keep enough on hand to serve your guests. To make:

1 tbsp Mango puree
1 tbsp Blackberry puree
2 oz. vodka
Sparkling water
Fresh Blackberries
Fresh Mango slices

Combine the purees and vodka in a glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a mango slice and enjoy!

10. Mango Chili Lime Margarita

Looking to spice up your night? This is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet that is guaranteed to be the talk of the wedding! To make:

1 ripe mango cubed
1 cup orange juice
2 small limes, juiced
2 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 tbsp agave nectar


1 lime wedge for rimming
1 tsp chili powder + 1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine all margarita ingredients in a blender and add ice. Blend until creamy. Salt the rim with the chili salt and pour margarita into glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy!


Each signature drink here is easy to make in a large batch for easy serving for your guests. Find a wonderful refreshing wedding reception cocktail that matches with your chosen color palette and go with it! These cocktails are a great way to serve your guests and give them something to cool off with, and give them the buzz they need for the dancing later on!

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