It is wedding season and I'm a bridesmaid for two lovely ladies this year. Last month, we hosted a lavish bridal shower for the first (my linesister and college roommate) and I was tasked with mixing up a signature cocktail. Our bride is not a heavy drinker and the bridal color scheme was blush and gold. With those two things in mind, I decided to create a cocktail that is light, ultra-feminine, and appropriately colored. It was a big hit with not only the bride but all of our guests. I also shared a bit about it on Instagram and got lots of questions and comments there so I figured I'd share the recipe here on the blog for everyone interested. Meet the blushing bride cocktail. 🙂
Rosé was the natural choice for a blush-colored cocktail and I went with a sparkling one for added fun and a touch of sophistication. Elderflower liqueur adds a brightness and slight sweetness but takes away from the signature color, so I added a little dash of grenadine, which didn't change the flavor of the blushing bride cocktail very much but got us back to the color we were going for. Grenadine is a sure-fire way to achieve a red-colored cocktail so be sure to go easy with it. This spicy love potion cocktail is an example of the bright color that results from a healthy dose of grenadine.
Elderflower liqueur and champagne go together like peanut butter and jelly. Check out my turnt tequila mimosas for another fun way to combine them. Lately, I've been loving champagne and whiskey combos like this bubbly bourbon & berries cocktail. The drinks page on the blog is full of more such recipes--with and without alcohol so be sure to check it out the next time you want to play amateur bartender. Thanks for reading!
The perfect bridal cocktail made with sparkling rose wine, elderflower liqueur, and grenadine
- 2 ounces elderflower liqueur chilled
- sparkling rosé chilled
- ½ ounce grenadine
- Pour elderflower liqueur into a champagne flute. Top up with sparkling rosé then add grenadine to create a "blush" or "rose gold" color. Stir, if necessary.