Amazing Arrival Drinks

Amazing Arrival drinks

Your Wedding Day….I’ll say that again YOUR WEDDING DAY!

Why am I shouting this from the rooftops? Well, I, for one, am a little tired of seeing the same drinks offered for arrival drinks at a Wedding Reception.

Maybe it’s time to (pardon the pun) shake things up a bit.

This blog will look at a wedding staple – the arrival drink.


Fortunately, things have moved on. No longer are we forced to drink lukewarm Bucks Fizz or achingly sweet Pimms at drinks receptions. Now, we are force-fed bright orange Aperol spritz, plain old faithful prosecco, Pimms, or even, sometimes Sangria.

Hardly the wow factor, is it?


Who’s to say you can’t have your favourite drink for your reception?

Wedding reception drinks

If you like gin and tonic, then have gin and tonic. If you would prefer a pint of beer, then have a beer.

I believe, however, that with a bit of thought and an imaginative Bar Company, you can blow your Guests’ minds.


We spent the best part of a day a few weeks ago at the Food and Drink Expo at the NEC in Birmingham, sampling new drinks, different blends, and long-established spirits, but more importantly, we wanted to get some new ideas to give to our Clients regarding new amazing arrival drinks for your reception.

So, here goes… Some may be a little leftfield for your tastes. Some, you may just go, “Nah, not for me,” but I hope there might be a little gem in here that might get you thinking.

First, the boring bit

Some rules, first of all. For cost and ease of service, keep the ingredients under; I’m going to say five ingredients, including mixers when you’re mixing for 150+ Guests. You don’t want an ingredient list as long as your arm.

Make sure whatever you serve is going to look good, i.e., glassware. An espresso martini isn’t going to wow your guests if it’s served in a wine glass.

Let’s get to the exciting part – the amazing arrival drinks

So here are some ideas I’ve had that might change your perceptions of the arrival drink. I’ll also include the best glassware to serve the drink.

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary

This may divide your Guests, but it contains an extraordinary tomato juice. Serve in a hi-ball glass with a rim of black pepper and a wedge of lemon.


50ml Vodka

20ml Lime Juice

6 Drops of Tabasco

8 Drops of Worcester Sauce

125ml Tongue in Peak Tomato Juice

Tonge in Peak Tomato Juice is smoked in peat, giving a deep rich smoky flavour to this Bloody Mary, ideal for an Autumnal Wedding.

The Triplesecco

This is a favourite at The Iron Bar HQ. Dead simple to make and looks great in a champagne flute, and what’s more, it only has three ingredients:

125ml Prosecco

25ml Wardington’s Triplecello Liqueur

20ml Gomme Syrup (Sugar Syrup)

Tripplecello is a liqueur made by Wardingtons, part of Ludlow Gin. It is a blend of lemon, orange and pink grapefruit, similar to Limoncello but with a more deep citrus flavour.


The Rhuecco

This is another prosecco cocktail and suits a champagne flute. This one is a bit stronger as it uses rhubarb gin made by Wrekin Spirit, a distillery local to our HQ.


25ml Wrekin Spirits Rhubarb Gin

100ml Prosecco

10ml Sugar Syrup

Garnish with some thinly sliced Rhubarb

Make it personal…

Pornstar Martini

Another classic is the Pornstar Martini, but why not call it something different that is personal to your Wedding Day?

This requires a champagne saucer for serving.


50ml Vanilla Vodka

10ml Passion Fruit Liqueur (Passoa)

25ml Passion Fruit puree

10ml Lime juice

60ml Sparkling Wine

If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can always add 10ml of sugar syrup and garnish with a slice of passion fruit.

Bring back an old classic…

My last idea is a drink that slipped against the wayside over the years but should be coming back due to the resurgence of that navy favourite, rum.

The Rum Punch is great as it is served in a huge bowl from which your guests can help themselves or be served.

A rum punch is traditionally served in a hurricane glass but would look especially good in a Hi-Ball or Mason jar.


Light rum

Dark rum

Pineapple Juice

Orange Juice

Lime Juice

Rum Punch Wedding Arrival Drink

Mix together well, and garnish with oranges and pineapple.

As you can see, many drinks will lend themselves to an amazing arrival drinks menu. You just have to decide what you want.

For more help and advice on drinks for your Wedding, get in touch with us by calling on 07980 679575, 07533 694142, or drop us an email at

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