Cocktail hour of weddings is everyone’s favorite hour since they can let loose and really enjoy the festivities. This is also the time during which you can get trendy and creative with the menu. So while your guests get settled for the reception party, you can give them an appetizer and a drink to munch on.
Here are five amazing food and cocktail pairings for the wedding cocktail hour:
1. Mini burger slider and ginger ale shots
Who doesn’t love mini cute-looking burgers? Ask the caterers to make them as small as possible, so that they can be eaten in one bite. And if you are getting married in the winters, no party is complete with ginger ale shots to keep all your guests warm. Ginger ale shots have a very caramel taste, which complements the charred covering of burger patties.
2. Fried chicken and Lambrusco
Lambrusco is an Italian sparkling wine that tastes best with any food rich in fat and that’s why it goes best with fried chicken. Lambrusco has tannins and acids that taste very good with fried chicken. Keep boneless chicken pieces rather than chicken wings as they are easier to eat.
3. Nacho cups and coconut margaritas
Surprise your guests with a twist of flavor with nacho cups and coconut margaritas. Rather than giving nacho chips with salsa and cheese sauce, ask your caterer to make a nacho cup and fill it with layers of refried beans, salsa, and melted cheese on the top. Nachos and margaritas go well together because the lime in the coconut margarita cut compliments the spiciness of the nachos. Nachos and creamy coconut margaritas even taste better than that.
4. Taco fish bites and sangria
Steaming hot barbecued fish with green sauce in a taco shell will be a great start to your reception party. Keep soft taco shells, so that it is easier for your guests to eat it. Do not put too much green sauce, just a few drops for the taste. It can either fall on your guests’ dresses or be too spicy for the kids. Sangria goes best with fish because the sweet citrusy flavor of the sangria complements the spicy and sour flavor of the fish tacos. If you are having a beach wedding or a summer wedding, your cocktail party will be incomplete without some fish tacos and Sangria.
5. Mini fruit and cheese skewers with grenadine vodka cocktail
If you are throwing a summer wedding cocktail party, keeping your appetizers light is the best decision. You can also keep mini fruit and cheese skewers with grenadine vodka cocktail if your cocktail hour is tropical-themed. You can keep different types of skewers. Some good fruit options are grapes, roasted pineapple, cherry, and water. Keep your cheese choices limited to either a slice of white Cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese. Serve it on a classy cheese platter with grenadine vodka cocktail. Cheese and grenadine vodka cocktail go well together because grenadine’s sweet flavor cut complements the slightly bitter flavor of the cheese.
Always remember that your appetizer and cocktail combination should go along with the your wedding’s theme. Taste the options before you finalize so that you are sure your guests like it as well.