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Tips and Advice

Winter Wedding Drinks

“Winter weddings tend to feel extra magical and there are certain details that can really add to the experience. For instance, how creative some of our local vendors get with their unique and cozy cocktails creations this time of year”, says Kim Morrill, wedding planner with Your Perfect Bridesmaid. Are you having a winter wedding and wondering about what drinks to serve on a chilly evening? You’re in luck! We asked the talented team at Silver Julep for their thoughts on winter cocktails and other drinks – they even shared a seasonal recipe! Read on for some inspiration for your winter wedding bar.


Silver Julep (SJ) says that we are “so lucky here in Portland to be surrounded by such a vibrant fall harvest that ushers in the winter season.” This includes:

  • Apples and pears, which make a great base for cider-inspired cocktails
  • Pumpkins and winter squash, which can be used as spiced puree with whiskey or rum
  • End-of-season plums and figs, which can be used in a variety of vodka, gin, or rum cocktails
  • Ginger, rosemary, sage, and thyme, which add depth to cocktails as a complementary flavor

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COCKTAILS: Many couples choose to add booze to a classic cozy drink, such as hot chocolate, hot cider, and coffee, which pair well with whiskey and bourbon. Hot toddies and mulled wine are also a popular option. “We think having one signature cocktail be hot is fun and appropriate for a winter wedding, and really gets everyone in the spirit,” SJ said.

BEER: SJ suggests something on the richer side, like a Saison, Hefeweizen, stout, or even sour beer or cider.

WINE: SJ again recommends something richer, such as Cabernet or Syrah for a red, and Chardonnay or Grenache Blanc for a full-bodied white.


Silver Julep was kind enough to provide us with a recipe for one of their winter wedding signature cocktails! It’s called “Christmas in Oaxaca.” Enjoy!

1.5 oz Mezcal (can substitute tequila for mezcal)
.5 oz Ancho Reyes chipotle liqueur
.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz cinnamon-allspice syrup*
Method: Shake all ingredients together, fine strain up in a cocktail glass, or over rocks
Garnish: Grapefruit twist and fresh grated cinnamon
*Cinnamon Allspice Syrup: In a small sauce pan combine 2 cups of sugar with 2 cups of water over medium heat.  Add 2 cinnamon sticks and a Tablespoon of whole allspice.  Bring to a quick boil and reduce to a low simmer for 10 minutes.  Fine strain and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

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This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Dana Barbar, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer. 

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