Summer Sips to Wet Your Whistle | Merrily Wed Lake Tahoe Wedding Planning

With the long hot dog days of summer here, we couldn’t resist these refreshing and mouthwatering cocktails hand-picked by Catering Magazine to ensure to wet your whistle as well as “raise the bar” at your next summer BBQ, party or even your wedding.

From a lip smacking Kumquat Mojito to a Ben & Jack’s Swimming Pool to a Mango Spice and Ice, you will find something here to quench your thirst and tempt your guests’ taste buds with the exotic.

What is your favorite??

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Toasty Warm Libations | Lake Tahoe Weddings

With the endless snow in Tahoe lately, we have been smitten with warm cocktails and couldn’t resist sampling quite a few.  You now get to benefit from our cabin fever and hours of taste testing… yum!  Someone must do it right? 

Not only are these toasty libations ideal as showcase drinks at your winter wedding but they could also be the just-right warm night cap at the end of your summer wedding – along with a late night snack.  Served as part of a chocolate bar or a coffee bar at your reception would work fabulously as well.  Or as we have found, enjoyable just to cuddle up with on a cold winter night!

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Photo: Chef Mom

The Snuggler

3/4 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Whipping Cream
5 oz (hot) Cocoa

Pour peppermint schnapps and cocoa into an Irish coffee cup, and sweeten to taste. Gently float cream on top, sprinkle with grated chocolate, and serve.

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Photo: Chow

Red Rudolph

1/2 oz Orange Curacao Liqueur
1/2 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
3/4 oz Vodka
6 oz Cranberry Juice

Heat and pour into an Irish coffee cup. Top with whipped cream, garnish with a tall cinnamon stick, and serve.
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Photo: Glamour Cliche

Hot Apple Pie
6 oz Apple Cider, heated
1 oz Tuaca Liqueur (an orange-vanilla flavored liqueur)
Whipped Cream
Pinch Cinnamon and Nutmeg
1 Cinnamon Stick

In a glass mug, combine cider and Tuaca. Garnish with whipped cream, and sprinkle on cinnamon and nutmeg. Add a stick of cinnamon.

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Photo: Martha Stewart

The Tahoe Blizzard

1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey or Rum
1/2 oz Hazelnut Liqueur, such as Frangelico
1/2 oz Irish Cream Liqueur, such as Bailey’s
Hot Coffee
Splash of Grand Marnier
Dollop of Whipped Cream

In a coffee mug, stir whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, and Irish cream; top with coffee. Add a splash of Grand Marnier. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.
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Fall Inspiration Part II – Seasonal Culinary Treats | Lake Tahoe Weddings

Fall is a gorgeous time of the year, the weather is crisp (well, not yet in Tahoe at least), the leaves are changing, and the food of the season is warm and delicious.  With Autumn right around the corner we thought we would share some of our favorite seasonal wedding details – edible and otherwise!

Accent your place setting with a miniature bouquet of fresh herbs with your guest’s name attached and create a runner (or centerpiece if using a round table) of gourds, pillars of varying heights and wicker woven baskets filled with nuts, berries and pumpkins or more gourds.  Use the colors naturally found in the food and drink you serve your wedding guests to emphasize your autumn color palette…  Some inspiration is below!

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On Left - M.W. Wedding. Courtesy of: Catherine Hall Studios and Thomas J. Story

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Colorful Food

Autumn fruits like pomegranate and apples (rich golds, reds and greens) are at their peak of flavor and perfect for picking!  Savory appetizers such as Onion and Apple Tarts with Goat Cheese or Green Apple & Cheddar Quesadillas are the perfect precursor to any Fall celebration.  Your guests will love a salad entree of Baby Greens with Reduced Orange Vinaigrette, Roasted Beets, Laura Chenel Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts.  Serving a spicy pumpkin or squash soup in hollowed out gourds at each place setting, not only look chic and current but they add amazing taste too.  A side dish of cranberry and walnut risotto goes perfectly with hearty fall proteins.  Dishes with beets and other root vegetables are always traditional Fall favorites as well as add color to your plate!

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Courtesy of: My Recipes, Rachelle Bowden, and Lou Seibert Pappas

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Dazzling Drinks

Here are a few of our favorite autumn inspired cocktails which can work as your Signature Drink after your ceremony or a passed round at the beginning of your dinner:

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Courtesy of: All You

Pomegranate Fizz

A few pomegranate seeds

1 shot pomegranate liquor

1 ounce pomegranate juice

A few splashes Champagne

Place a few pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a Champagne glass. Pour pomegranate liquor and pomegranate juice in glass then top with a few splashes of Champagne.

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Courtesy of: Grey Goose Vodka

Pumpkin Divine

1 part Grey Goose La Poire vodka

1 part pumpkin butter

1/2 part triple sec

1/2 part simple syrup

Pinch each of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger grated nutmeg and apple chip for garnish

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Courtesy of: The Nibble

A Taste of Fall

1 1/2 parts Vodka

1 large slice of pomegranate, chopped

1 part apple juice

Dash of simple syrup

Pomegranate seeds to garnish

Muddle together the pomegranate and syrup in a mixing glass or shaker tin.

Add Vodka and juice, and fill with ice.

Shake well, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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Tempting Desserts

Mini versions of your classic Fall desserts, can add a non-traditional aspect and still be a hit with your guests.  We love these scrumptious mini cherry pies from Bakerella, who wouldn’t want one of these?  Or these cheesecake filled pumpkins cupcakes are a unique fall-inspired flavor that will keep your guests talking.

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Courtesy of: Bakerella and Stephen Scott Gross

 

 Seasonal Favor

A fave Fall wedding favor is the caramel apple.  The options of embellishing this with ribbon, wrap and personalized tags are endless.  Not only will the caramel apples be a sweet touch for your guests, they will also look gorgeous individually at each place setting or in groupings on display.

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Courtesy of: Bridal Blog, The Knot and Wedding by Color

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Happy Autumn Dining!

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Bring on the Bubbly! | Lake Tahoe Wedding Style

The Champagne Cocktail is definitely the “IT” Signature Drink of this summer!  At Merrily Wed, we would like to pay homage to champagne (by this we mean Champagne, Prosecco, Sparking Wine & Cava depending on which part of the world it came from) and all of the champagne cocktails we have cheered with this wedding season.

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Champagne mixed with anything from fruit to flowers to even more alcohol is filling the servers’ trays at many of our past lakeside receptions.  This perfect cocktail canvas allows you to mix some interesting flavors as well as add colors from within your wedding palette by using dendrobium orchids, sprigs of lavender, cranberries, blueberries, peach puree’, Chambord, Midori and Crème de Menthe to name a few. 

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For the finishing touch, don’t forget to rename your Champagne Cocktail to match your wedding destination or personality.  Our personal favorite of the year was “The Claire Royal.”     

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Merrily Wed Wedding - Photo Courtesy of Kendall Price Photography

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In addition to the classic Kir Royal, the brunch Mimosa and the perennial Italian favorite, the Bellini – which by the way just celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2008 – check out these romantically named Champagne Cocktails:

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Ritzy Raspberry Revelry
• 2/3 ounce raspberry infused vodka (or Stoli Raspberry as a short cut)
• Fill with champagne
• Garnish with a red rose…very romantic!
  

 

 

 

 

Merrily Wed Wedding - Photo Courtesy of Kendall Price Photography

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Arise My Love

• 1 teaspoon of Crème de Menthe
• Fill with champagne or sparkling wine

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This guy must have wanted to awake their love with a glass of bubbly and insure they had good breath?!

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Midnight Kiss Cocktail
• Rim the edge of a wine glass with sugar
• 3/4 oz. well-chilled vodka
• Fill with champagne or sparkling wine

• Top with Blue Curacao….      

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Sounds like a winner for a “Blue Tahoe” Drink…

Kendall Price Photography

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Chanel No. 6
• 1 ounce vodka
• 1 ounce Chambord
• 1 ounce chilled pineapple juice
• Fill with well-chilled champagne
• Garnish with fresh raspberry 

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Remember, champagne is a celebration in a bottle, so be sure to raise your glass next time you indulge!

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