A bridal shower (especially a bridal brunch) just wouldn’t be the same without the mimosa. It’s the ultimate tradition—Champagne and orange juice with a splash of Grand Marnier—and a toast to the bride-to-be should always include it.
Or should it?
Nontraditional bridal shower cocktails are gaining popularity as a simple way to add a unique twist to the bride’s party. Whether you stick with Champagne or try a white wine, rosé, or even gin cocktail, these nontraditional options have fun names and bright colors that will be welcome at any fancy fête or sassy soirée.
Here are 5 nontraditional bridal shower cocktails to consider for your next party.
Bring the Bubbly
If you can’t toast the bride without Champagne, try this beautiful ombre champagne cocktail with the perfect bridal shower name. The Blushing Bride starts with peach schnapps and a blush of grenadine, and is topped with champs. The deep red will spread upward as you drink, making every sip sweeter.
Pretty In Pink
The Pink Flirtini cocktail was originally created for Sarah Jessica Parker (of Sex and the City fame), and we think it’s perfect for bridal showers. Definitely on-trend with the addition of rosé, it’s a luscious blend of fruit flavors like raspberry, citrus, and pineapple.
Couldn’t Bee Better
This product of prohibition is sweet and sassy. If your bride-to-be is, too, this gin cocktail will be just right for the bridal shower. Who wouldn’t want to toast their “sunny future” with this golden-hued concoction?
Honey syrup is sometimes used in cocktails (like the Bee’s Knees) instead of simple syrup. It, too, is simple to make: put 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of water into a saucepan, stir until combined, then simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Syrup will reduce down to about 5 ounces. Refrigerate until cold, then combine 3/4 ounce with 2 ounces of gin and 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice.
Once Upon a Time
A fairy tale romance requires a Happily Ever After—like this peachy drink. With schnapps and cranberry, it’s a sweet cocktail for celebrating the bride and her storybook future.
Something Old, Something New
Here’s Something Blue that’s not just for the bride-to-be. All the guests will enjoy the passionfruit and citrus flavors in this white wine cocktail almost as much as its bright aqua color. We love this cocktail for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme shower, too. (Holly Golightly would approve, don’t you agree?)
What do you think? Do you prefer the traditional mimosa, or would you be willing to give these nontraditional bridal shower cocktails a try? What’s your favorite?
Here are even more bridal shower cocktails.