signature drink

Classically Carolina: Cheerwine

Try talking to someone outside of the Carolinas about Cheerwine and you’re likely to get some blank stares. This fizzy red beverage, which originated in Salisbury, North Carolina (not too far from Charlotte), is truly a Carolina classic. If Cheerwine is one of your favorites, or if you want to create a signature drink that reflects the local beverage scene, include this soda in the mix!

For a cost-effective signature drink option, ask your caterer or bar tending service to mix Cheerwine and vodka (about 1 oz of vodka to every 6 oz of Cheerwine should do the trick…experiment at home until you get the ratio the way you like it) to serve up to guests. Be sure to give the beverage a clever name. I am partial to “Southern Cheer” or “Carolina Cheer” for this one. If you really want to kick it up a notch, garnish the drink with cute straws or lime wedges. You could even serve it up in glass Cheerwine bottles for a vintage feel.

If you’re a cocktail connoisseur or have a larger bar budget, you can get more creative in the mixology. Take for example this creative “Cheershine” cocktail, which includes Cheerwine, moonshine, and Campari:

What do you think, belles and beaus? Any Cheerwine lovers out there?

xoxo Laura

Signature Cocktail Idea: Lowcountry Lemonade

Here in the Carolinas, we tend to appreciate our beverages. And goodness, are there a wide variety to choose from…from craft beers at River Dog Brewery in Bluffton, SC, to homemade moonshine in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Over the next few months, Wedding Belles will be featuring signature drink ideas that have Southern flair. First up: Lowcountry Lemonade.

This beautiful cocktail would be perfect for a South Carolina lowcountry wedding…especially if Tiffany blue is part of your color palette!

Ingredients:

  • Peach schnapps
  • Lemonade
  • A drop of Blue Curacao

To get the look in the picture, rub a slice of lemon around the rim of the glass and then coat with sugar. The lemon will help the sugar stick to the glass. Then, tie a Tiffany blue ribbon onto the end of a clear swizzle stick, and use those to garnish the drink. Beautiful…and delicious!

xoxo Laura