Cocktail Celebration – Tequila Sunrise

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Tequila Sunrise

2 shots  tequila
A glass of orange juice
1 shot grenadine

Pour tequila into chilled highball glass filled with ice cubes. Fill up with orange juice stir and pour grenadine on top so that it will sink to the bottom. This gives a great colourful sunrise effect in the glass.

Cocktail from Barmano, recipe from Foodaholic

Gown from Nicole Miller, flowers from Artfool, Pomegranate seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings,  Photo from The Knot, Cocktail from Barmano, Mexican wedding flags via {frolic}, Mexican wedding cookies from Learning How To Cook, photo from The Knot, Tin star from Direct From Mexico, flowers from Artfool, Favors from Rebecca Thuss.

Two ideas for your wedding theme spring to mind. You could go with the ‘Tequila’ element of the drink as inspiration and use colours that we associate with Mexico of  hot pinks, oranges, limes and aquas with terracotta, using the pomegranate as an added theme in food – icecreams, salads, syrups or on the tables.

Branches of pomegranates look stunning in vases with their coloured leaves as accents – they are a late summer/autumn fruit. Tin stars, punched tin candle holders with tiny tealight candles glittering within, terracotta vessels holding sweets, favours, desserts, branches. The orange juice and grenadine also provide lovely colours as inspiration for invitations, graduated colours on your bridesmaids frocks, shoe colours, flower colours – think red and orange orchids in vases.

You may consider the ‘Sunrise’ element of the drink. Think soft dreamy colours of blues, lilacs, greys, soft pinks, apricots. Choose a few of these colours – say blue, mauve and grey to build your wedding scheme around. Make sure that one of those colours is the main one with two others being used as accents. For instance pearl grey dresses and table cloths, with blue napkins tied with lilac ribbon. Pewter vases and dishes, silver cachous adorning cupcakes, grey leafed foliage, soft mauve and blue flowers.  Simplicity is key here with your femininity shining through. Think textures too with this scheme – satin, linen, cotton, furry leaves, waxy flowers.

An orange, deep red and storm grey scheme would be a daring and different – picking up the theme of the sunrise and the drink itself. Again as above, play with textures as well as colour to enhance your ‘look’.

One special touch could be that a member of the wedding party or your family who has a special talent for photography could photograph the sunrise for you on your wedding day. Alternatively you could give disposable cameras to some of your guests who could get up at dawn to capture the beads of dew on a spider’s web, the frost on the leaves, the sun rising over the waves or the mists on the mountains. Collate them all after the wedding and frame them or place them as a special touch in your wedding album.

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  • Kendra says:
    March 11, 2009 at 3:46 am

    The Nicole Miller dress is beautiful. I really do love the reds and orange shades. There really is so much you can do with this approach, making it simple, elegant and fun!

  • leni says:
    March 11, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I love the colors! (Not related at all, but I think the tequila sunrise was the first cocktail I EVER had!)

  • Ladybird says:
    March 11, 2009 at 9:35 am

    This is such a fabulous concept! Pat on the back for you, Polka Dot… Can’t wait to see what’s next on the drinks menu…

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    May 1, 2009 at 4:05 am

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  • Great Events says:
    November 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Being based in San Antonio, we actually have a Tequilla bar that we have available. Similar to a Martini Bar, but with high end tequila. Don Julio is the brand we use most of the time.



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