Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding day is quickly approaching, and if you're planning on waking up early (or not going to sleep at all) in order to watch the royal wedding on television on May 19th, we have the perfect cocktails for your viewing party!
The GREAT Britain campaign has partnered with The Martini Club in Toronto to create delectable English cocktails featuring a variety of British gins. The cocktails, which have themed names in honor of the upcoming royal wedding, feature delicious, refreshing ingredients including fresh lemon juice, cranberry juice, as well as quintessentially English ingredients like Earl Grey tea. Whether you prefer something more refreshing with cucumber or tangy with orange marmalade and bitters, we're sure one of the gin-based drinks below will strike your fancy.
Take a look at the British cocktail recipes below, and be sure to toast to the new couple on their special day!
The Windsor Knot
- 1/2 oz. Bloom gin
- 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz. white cranberry juice
- 3 cucumber slices
- 3 oz. club soda
- cucumber slice for garnish
Fill a wine goblet with ice. Add gin, orange liqueur, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and cucumber slices. Stir to mix. Top with club soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
G & Tea
- 1 1/2 oz. Sipsmith gin
- 1 Tbsp. Tiptree orange marmalade
- 1 oz. Whittard Earl Grey tea, chilled
- dash of orange bitters
- orange twist, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, orange marmalade, chilled Earl Grey tea, and bitters. Shake and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add more ice and garnish with an orange twist.
- 1 1/2 oz. Portobello Road gin
- 1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 oz. Whittard golden chamomile tea syrup (see recipe below)
- 2-3 oz. Fever-Tree tonic water
- mint sprig or 2 tsp. silver dragees, for garnish
Chamomile Tea Syrup:
- Add 1 cup granulated sugar and 4 chamomile tea bags to a resealable, heatproof container. Pour in 1 cup boiling water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool, remove tea bags. Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Makes 1 cup for eight servings.
To a stemless wine glass filled with ice, add gin, lemon juice, chamomile tea syrup, and tonic. Stir gently to mix. Garnish with a mint sprig or gently add dragees (edible cake decorating balls).
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Photos courtesy of LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario)