What’s the best wedding signature cocktail? We asked bartender Jonathan Neill of the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, and his suggestion may surprise you.
Go old-school. “The classics exist for a reason—they work!” says Neill. “They’ve stood the test of time (which is what people want out of their marriage!). Play around with subtle variations, like garnishes or infusions, to make it your own.” He suggests a caprioska, which is a souped-up version of a classic vodka soda—its simplicity is somehow more sophisticated than any 12-ingredient cocktail. Elevate your drink by serving it from an ice sculpture. “It’s quite the showpiece and acts as a gathering point that creates an added social element.”