The 5 must have cocktails for your 2017 wedding

You might have already realised that here at H&H, we’re slightly cocktail obsessed. And for us a wedding is not a wedding without a signature cocktail on offer. Once you’ve planned and organised the reception, the dress and the table plan – it’s time to work the detail, so don’t let the bar become an afterthought! At Hopewell’s summer French destination wedding, we both had lychee martinis and rum jungles to rehydrate the team in style, whilst Hanson entertained with mulled wine and lumumbas at her Christmas festivities (whilst also sharing her passion for gin with gin bottles as table settings).  We couldn’t let the summer pass without sharing our favourite must have cocktail recipes for your 2017 wedding. We’ve certainly enjoyed the research. It’s a hard job eh!

Lychee Martini at Hopewell's wedding

Lychee Martini at Hopewell's wedding

Rum Jungles

I remember the first time I had this cocktail. A New Years Eve in Radley meeting my husband-to-be friends for the first time. In the early hours of the morning, to keep everyone in the party mode, this incredible mix of Sailor Jerry’s vanilla infused dark rum, ginger beer and fresh lime was thrust into my hand. I’ve never looked back since. A rum jungle is always my drink of choice during the day in the summer, the perfect party starter; pick me up and all out day refresher. Throw out the Pimms, we promise this cocktail will change your life!

  • 1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced rum
  • ¼ part fresh lime
  • 2 ½ parts ginger beer
  • And if you’re feeling flash, a dash of Angostura® bitters
Rum Jungles at Hopewell's wedding

Rum Jungles at Hopewell's wedding


Sloe Gin Fizz

We’re big fans of sloe gin and the juicy red berry flavours it evokes. Though many of us associate sloe gin with a cold weather tipple, it’s also a natural in a number of summer cocktails, especially as an accompaniment to champagne. So why not jazz up the round of bubbles with a sloe gin fizz. Our favourite brand is Sipsmith, though if you have time, a homemade sloe gin is stunning too.

  • 25 ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
  • 25 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 25 ml simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Champagne
Photo courtesy of Wilson Daniels

Photo courtesy of Wilson Daniels

Blueberry mojito

If you’ve hired a barman at your wedding, then a freshly served blueberry mojito is a no brainer. I love a fruity mojito on a warm summer’s day, so why not serve one with a twist? I typically like a raspberry or passion fruit one, but a recent taste of a blueberry mojito was delicious!

  • 2 oz white rum 
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cane syrup
  • Mint leaves
  • Blueberries 

Pour cane syrup into a Collins glass, then add mint; gently press leaves using a muddler, add blueberries and repeat. Add rum and lime juice, then stir well; top with shaved ice and swizzle. Top with soda and blueberries. 

Photo courtesy of Baking Beauty

Photo courtesy of Baking Beauty


Frosé...where has this been in our lives?! Normally we wouldn't class ourselves as rosé fans but this is a whole new ball game and we are most definitely contributing to the surge in rosé sales. Frozen rosé, or frosé, is made by freezing rosé wine with lemon juice and sugar and it's perfect for summer entertaining. Take a look at this recipe from Bon Appetite.

Photo courtesy of Pure Wow

Photo courtesy of Pure Wow

Passion fruit martini

You know me, I love a martini, and this round up wouldn’t be right without one. My second favourite cocktail is a passion fruit martini and is one that I can fashion up at home when I’m feeling a bit flash.  I use this delicious recipe from Super Golden Bakes

  • 3 fresh passionfruit
  • 2 measures | 50ml | 1.7fl oz Cold press Pink apple juice
  • 2 measures | 50ml | 1.7fl oz vodka
  • 1 measure | 25ml | .8fl oz passion fruit liqueur
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp Monin passion fruit syrup
  • ½ tbsp sugar syrup
  • ½ tbsp liquid egg white (optional)
Photo courtesy of Super Golden Bakes

Photo courtesy of Super Golden Bakes