Stylish Cocktail Ideas for a Summer Bridal Shower

Is there a better way to celebrate the bride-to-be than with lots of bubbles? Yeah, we didn't think so. Read on for delicious drink ideas and other fun ways to add a little sparkle to your shower.
by elizabeth roehrig
Strawberry, grapefruit and champagne ice pops
photo by Alyssa Kirsten; Prop styling by Frances Bailey; Food styling by Lisa Homa
  1. Serve Pretty Pops

    Strawberry, grapefruit and champagne popsicles
    photo by Alyssa Kirsten; Prop styling by Frances Bailey; Food styling by Lisa Homa

    We're suckers for ice pops -- and we love 'em even more when they're boozy! Sparkling wine or champagne, the secret ingredient in these homemade frozen fruit treats, adds a little effervescence that makes them extra-special. Serve them in tall, stemless glasses filled with champagne to infuse a little strawberry flavor into the drink. Bonus: The ice pops also serve as giant ice cubes to keep you and your guests cool on a hot day.

    Sparkling Strawberry-Grapefruit Pops

    Makes 6 ice pops

    Ingredients

    1.5 cups fresh strawberries, chopped (or 3 shots of strawberry puree), plus extra slices for garnish

    7.5 oz. (or 5 shots) champagne or sparkling wine

    3.75 oz. (or 2.5 shots) pink grapefruit juice

    3.75 oz. (or 2.5 shots) simple syrup

    Recipe

    Blend the strawberries in blender until smooth. In a pitcher, stir the fresh strawberry puree, champagne, grapefruit juice and simple syrup together. Pour into prepared molds, add sliced fresh strawberries, and freeze until solid (at least 6 hours).

    Recipe by Karen Biton Cohen



    Orb champagne glass, Form round platter
    and Mercer salad plates, all from Crate & Barrel

  2. Set Up a DIY Champagne Bar

    DIY champagne bar with carafes of juice
    photo by Alyssa Kirsten; Prop styling by Frances Bailey; Food styling by Lisa Homa

    If you're hosting a brunch shower, steal this idea! Set the bar or bar cart with bottles of champagne, carafes of fresh juices, and berry and citrus peel garnishes. Guests will love mixing up their own take on a mimosa or bellini. With its low stem and straight sides, this glassware is ideal for champagne-and-juice concoctions. And, hint, hint: Don't forget to keep everyone hydrated with nonalcoholic drinks too. Fill a beverage dispenser with refreshing cucumber-mint water and you won't have to keep refilling glasses throughout the day.


    Entertaining beverage dispenser, Everyday wine carafe, Zuma white tray, Prosecco sparkling wine glass and Josie double old-fashioned glass, all from Crate & Barrel

  3. Cheers to the Blushing Bride

    Blushing bride champagne cocktail with vase of peonies
    photo by Alyssa Kirsten; Prop styling by Frances Bailey; Food styling by Lisa Homa

    Um, how perfect is this light and fruity cocktail's name for a bridal shower? And the flavor's right on point too. We recommend serving it in an elegant stemmed coupe for a little retro appeal. The other key to acing this drink? Keeping it chilled with square cubes. Look for silicone trays that'll turn out ice that's just the right size.

    Blushing Bride Champagne Cocktail

    Makes 1 drink

    Ingredients

    2 oz. passion-fruit nectar

    3 oz. champagne

    1/2 tsp. grenadine

    Handful of raspberries (or any berries in season)

    Recipe

    Pour chilled passion-fruit nectar in a coupe glass or flute. Carefully add chilled champagne and grenadine; don't stir, but allow to blend. Add an oversize ice cube and a raspberry garnish.


    Camille champagne coupe glass and red ice cube trays, both from Crate and Barrel

  4. Spice Things Up

    Pink chandy cocktail with jalapenos in champagne flutes
    photo by Alyssa Kirsten; Prop styling by Frances Bailey; Food styling by Lisa Homa

    For the bride who's into the latest food trends, this drink has it all -- rose sparkling wine, bitters and an unexpected garnish: jalapeno slices! The textured lines on the glassware create a slightly offbeat but stylish vibe, just like the cocktail. The balance of flavors is just right, so even if you're not a spice fan, you'll be surprised by how drinkable it is. Still want to temper the heat? Let guests control the spice by adding the jalapeno slices themselves and set out nibbles like cheese and crackers to help cool things down.

    Pink Chandy Cocktail

    Makes 1 drink

    Ingredients

    2 oz. pink lemonade

    2 dashes Meyer lemon bitters

    3 oz. rose sparkling wine

    1 fresh jalapeno, sliced

    Recipe

    Pour the pink lemonade over ice. Add the Meyer lemon bitters and top off with sparkling rose. Garnish with a slice of fresh jalapeno for a hint of heat.

    Recipe by The Nest


    Sandra champagne flute, Helena blush napkin and Hexa appetizer plate, all from Crate and Barrel.


    The Knot and Crate & Barrel teamed up to bring you the ultimate happy hour—tips and inspiration for personalizing all things cocktail-related, whether it's at your wedding or at home. Visit CrateandBarrel.com to check out their stylish barware!

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