Bridal showers are tough. Unlike bachelorette parties, which are friends only, bridal showers involve the real adults—the moms, the aunts, the great grandmothers. That means no Fireball shots or even batched Negronis. When picking a drink for a bridal party, consider the audience and make something crowd-pleasing and not too boozy. Here are nine great options for delicious bridal shower cocktails.
9 Best Cocktails for a Bridal Shower
This frosty, fruity take on a classic Caipirinha blends cachaça with elderflower-flavored St-Germain liqueur, fresh raspberries and lemon juice (in place of the usual lime). Garnish these slushies with even more berries and serve with cute, colorful paper straws to win over any guest.
Everyone loves Moscow Mules. Everyone. Even aunt Susan. So scale the recipe up and make this big pitcherful of the gingery vodka cocktail. If the first batch runs out, you’ll be able to make a second batch of this simple punch in just minutes.
The beautiful, simple punch combines gin or vodka with sparkling wine, lavender syrup, soda water and lemon juice. That’s it. The show-stopping element comes from the ice, which is frozen in a ring mold and layered with fresh fruit.
Gin or Vodka
Frosé was so last year. This year it’s all about Frosecco: frozen Prosecco. This cocktail starts with Prosecco ice cubes, which are easy to make as long as you have an ice cube tray and a freezer. Blend those cubes with St-Germain, fresh lemon juice and even more Prosecco. It’s flavorful and frosty.
Sangria is an easy answer when you’re wondering what to make for a party. But this one is particularly good for sunny, daytime drinking. Made with a full bottle of rosé, homemade strawberry syrup, and fresh strawberries and orange slices, it’s downright gulpable.
Break out the Mason jars for this summery twist on a classic Smash. Simply fill each jar with a mix of gin, blackberry-elderflower liqueur, Lillet Blanc, fresh berries and Sprite. Then store on ice. When you’re ready to serve, garnish each jar with a fun straw and fresh mint.
London Dry Gin
Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower
If you’re dealing with a whiskey-friendly crowd, mix up a big batch of this liquid peach pie. Bourbon, cinnamon syrup and fresh peaches come together for a warm weather whiskey drink that everyone will love.
Give the classic Margarita a springtime twist with rhubarb-rosemary syrup and St-Germain. For an extra-special presentation, rim each glass with pink salt and garnish with rosemary sprigs.
rhubarb and rosemary syrup
This may be a formal affair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. These elegant Jello Shots (yes, that’s a thing) are made with sparkling rosé and grapefruit-flavored liqueur. Cut into stars and sprinkled with edible glitter, they will be an instant hit.
Crème de Pamplemousse