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Brides today are personalizing their weddings and that includes creating a signature drink to serve at their reception. “It’s fun and different,” says wedding planner Amy Piper of Signature Events in Wolfeboro ( “Couples choose something that relates to them and what they like.” She says one couple created a separate, specially-lit martini bar because they and their friends had enjoyed martini bars together. Other popular choices are margaritas, cosmos and, in the summer, mojitos with fresh mint. Generally, Piper says, the signature drinks are served all night in addition to wine and beer, or to an open bar. Sometimes the couples have a printed card that explains why they chose the drink. Below are recipes suggested by New Hampshire beverage retailers.

Ecco Sidro

Muddle 1 tsp. fresh ginger or substitute 2 oz. ginger ale
1.5 oz. apple cider
1/4 tsp. Chai tea powder or cinnamon
2 oz. Ecco Domani Chianti

Shake and strain into a martini glass or lowball rock glass (if served hot). Garnish with a slice of ginger root or apple.

Diamond Martini

2 oz. SKYY90 Vodka
2 drops premium orange liqueur

Swirl the glass with orange liqueur and pour excess from glass. Shake the vodka with ice. Rim the lip of the glass once with lemon peel. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Autumn Sunrise Martini

2 oz. Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka
2 oz. orange juice

Pour both into an iced martini shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Float 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice. Garnish with an orange slice.
from Martignetti Companies of NH