Five Must-Have Cocktail Hour Drinks

Five Must-Have Cocktail Hour Drinks

Alex Levin Music - Cocktail Hour Drinks

You have finally said the words you’ve been waiting to say your entire life – the glorifying and heartfelt “I do”.  Your guests are congratulating you with hugs and kisses, as you begin to make your way into your decadent Cocktail Hour.  While calming Jazz music allures your guests with the sound of a rich melody, you approach the bar to order one of your favorite Cocktail Hour Drinks.

You begin to celebrate one of the greatest nights of your life with one of your favorite drinks in hand.

While the thought of enjoying the aromatic bitters and strained martini on your Wedding Day is appealing, you still have to overcome a major step in the Wedding Planning process…the planning of your Drinks Menu.

Sometimes, it can be difficult planning a Cocktail Hour Drinks menu.  There are just so many factors to consider.  

Your Uncle Jimmy loves whiskey, so that must be on the menu.  You and your significant other love Champagne, so there has to be a Champagne Wedding Cocktail. Lastly, don’t forget the ever-so-treasured classic cocktails for all your guests to enjoy.

So, when it comes to planning your Cocktail Hour Drinks, the first step is to choose your personal favorites and necessities.  If after that point you become stumped with planning the rest of the menu, we have provided a list of personal Alex Levin Music (an NYC Jazz Band) recommendations.  These are all delicious Cocktail Hour Drinks that we have seen at Weddings all around the country, especially in NYC.

Happy Wedding Planning!


Snowy Day

2.5 oz. Hpnotiq Harmonie

1.5 oz. coconut vodka

Garnish with shredded coconut

Stir ingredients in a glass with ice.  Top with your shredded coconut.


The Cherry Red Velvet

1 oz. Red Velvet Vodka made by Zing

2.5 oz. cream soda

Splash of cherry juice

Garnish with a cherry

Add all the ingredients except for the cream soda. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with cream soda. Garnish with a cherry.


A Classic Gin and Tonic

2oz. Tanqueray London Dry Gin

3oz Tonic Water

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Stir ingredients in a glass with ice.  Place the lime wedge on the rim of the glass.


The Not-So-Old-Fashioned

2oz. Johnny Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

1.5 tsp. sugar

3oz Seltzer

1 lemon wedge

2 mint sprigs

Muddle the lemon, mint leaves, and sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add whisky. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Add seltzer.


The Wedding Cocktail

3.5oz Veuve Clicquot Champagne

⅓ oz Gautier Cognac

1 dash of Angostura bitters

1 sugar cube

Garnish with an orange slice.

Add one dash of your Angostura bitters and one sugar cube into a Champagne flute. Add the cognac, then carefully pour the champagne. Place the orange slice on the side of the glass.


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