Cut Event Costs With These Signature Cocktails

Signature Cocktails: Stay on Budget with Flair

Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, and cocktails generally represent a significant portion of the cost for any event--and no one wants a "cash bar" at their wedding or special happening! One elegant but effective way to cut costs at events is to create a signature drink (or two) to serve at cocktail hour. By offering guests just one or two premade specialty drinks, you have the opportunity to make the occasion both memorable and cost effective.

How do you create the right cocktail? The trick is to choose a signature cocktail that complements the food (whether it be hors d'oeuvres or a meal) while pleasing the crowd with your selection. The following drinks can make for memorable signature cocktails. 

Tito's Summertini

Cranberry Vodka
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For those wanting a trendy vodka martini cocktail, Cosmopolitans are a favorite classic. When vodka makers elbowed their way into the gin-inspired martini world, it wasn’t a bad thing (although some martini purists would argue against it). Then came the "Cosmo," a vodka martini with fruit flavors. For a sophisticated cocktail party, try this one:

  • 2 ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1 ounces Orange Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Blood Orange Italian Soda
  • Twist of lemon

Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass top with splash of Blood Orange Italian Soda and garnish with twist of lemon.

This drink recipe was created by Mixologist Courtney Padgett and submitted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

The Flapper Martini

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Continuing on with trendy drinks that are presented and served in a martini glass, here’s a vodka martini recipe that’s blended with other spirits and offers a strong kick with a sweet touch for your signature drink:

  • 1½ ounces Roaring 20s Tommy Guns® Vodka
  • ½ ounce Malibu Rum
  • ¼ ounce Grand Marnier
  • ½ ounce Midori
  • Splash of Pineapple Juice

Shake ingredients over ice and serve this cocktail in a martini glass.

This drink recipe was created by Mixologist Bill Brooks from Tommy Guns Vodka.

Basil Gimlet

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For a refreshing change to a more traditional vodka martini drink, fresh basil lends added flavor and aroma to this classic vodka cocktail.

  • 2 ounces Square One Organic Vodka
  • 4-5 Leaves of Fresh Basil, Torn*
  • 1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ ounce Organic Agave Nectar

*Also try Thai or Lemon Basil

This drink recipe was created by Mixologist Neyah White and submitted by U.S. based Square One Vodka, crafted from 100% organic American rye.

G Sling

Sake martini with cucumber
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Although most people know that sake (Japanese rice wine) is usually served at room temperature in a small ceramic cup, consider a tropically-inspired version of sake for a signature cocktail drink with an Asian theme.

  • 2 ounces G Sake
  • 1 ounce Cruzan Banana rum
  • 1 ounce Fresh Lemon/Lime juice (50/50)
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup

Serve on the rocks with lime slice & tropical flower.

This drink recipe was crafted by nationally acclaimed Mixologist Lucy Brennan, owner of Mint/820 in Portland, OR, and author of “Hip Sips” published by Chronicle Books. She has been named Playboy Top 10 Mixologists in the U.S., Food and Wine Top 10 Mixologists, and Saveur magazines Spirit Professional of the Year.

Drink recipe submitted by Sake One.

Brazilian Wax

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Rum is one of the most popular distilled beverages. It is used to make a variety of cocktails, and there are many grades of rum. Cachaca is specifically fermented and distilled in Brazil and is the country’s signature drink. Cachaca is pressed from sugarcane as opposed to other rums which are commonly produced from molasses and sugarcane, before being aged in oak barrels. Consider this simple signature drink for your next South American or Carnival-themed event.

  • 2 ounces Cabana Cachaça
  • 2 ounces Pineapple juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

In an ice-filled glass, add equal parts cabana Cachaça and pineapple juice, add a splash of club soda and stir. If desired, add passion fruit puree for another tropical twist.

This drink recipe was created and submitted by Cabana Cachaca.


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Contrary to what the name might imply, this drink has nothing to do with gin, vodka, or tuna. Tunas is Spanish for “prickly pear,” and that is one of the drink's primary flavors.

This signature drink is an excellent choice before a heavier Mexican meal. It combines premium tequila, orange liqueur, pear puree, and a splash of orange and lime juice.

  • 2 ounces Scorpion Mezcal Silver
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1½ ounces Prickly Pear puree
  • Splash lime juice
  • Splash orange juice

Shake with ice. Serve this cocktail in a Martini glass rimmed half in kosher salt and half in chili salt. Add a lime garnish.

This drink recipe was created by Executive Chef Julian Medina, owner of Toloache Restaurant, New York City. Recipe submitted by Scorpion Mezcal.

Copa Verde

Kiwi Cocktail
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Ever consider mixing avocado with tequila? This blended drink will surprise and please your guests.

  • 4 ounces Scorpion Mezcal Silver
  • Half an Avocado (one that's ripe but not too soft)
  • 2 ounces Fresh Lemon and Lime Juice, mixed
  • 2½ ounces Agave Nectar*
  • 2 ounces Water

* To prepare with honey instead of agave nectar, dissolve two parts mild honey into one part warm water.

Using a hand immersion blender, puree avocado, agave nectar, water, and lemon juice. Add Mezcal and stir with ice cubes to chill. Strain into four, port-style glasses (2 oz. shots).

Optional: Frost rim with a blend of chili powder and kosher salt.

This recipe was crafted by world renowned Mixologist Dale DeGroff, founder and president of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Recipe submitted by Scorpion Mezcal.