cocktails for kate
I have been asking pretty much everyone I know about the Royal Wedding, and if they’re planning to tune into Wills’ and Kate’s nuptials on April 29th. The responses I have gotten so far have ranged everywhere from ‘not giving a rat’s ass’ (the Jock) to a hard-core Royal-watching friend who is in London right now to take it all in (Cathy, I am SO happy you’re there!).
In addition to chatting it up with friends, relatives and other innocent victims who happen to be sharing the elevator with me (19 floors gives a lot of time to chat), I’ve been having dreams about the Royal Wedding, reading about it in the papers, and watching the cheesy made for television documentaries on how Wills and Kate fell in love (awwww…).
Although a prevailing opinion about the Royals is that they’ve now moved into irrelevant ‘celebrity status’ rather than a prominent figure in the running of Great Britain, a very interesting ‘why-should-I-care-about-the-Royal-Wedding’ article from Saturday’s Globe and Mail talked about how Kate Middleton and the Royal Wedding has (and should) forced the monarchy to take a hard look at the notion of a ‘skip a generation’ succession plan for the throne and what this might mean for the future relevance of the Monarchy. Another humorous editorial in the same paper by Margaret Wente went so far as to say that Kate was actually ‘marrying down’ – labelling Kate as a woman who can breathe some life into the wilting royal image.
Overwhelmingly, most people I’ve talked with tend to take on a (less extreme) version of the Jock’s answer, and aren’t too interested in Friday’s festivities, much less willing to change their schedules to watch it. However, since the live coverage of the Royal Wedding begins this Friday morning at 2:00 am, EST, I honestly wouldn’t even bother to set my alarm if I were you. I would find a cocktail party to go to on Thursday evening, and turn it into an all-night party. There’s still time for you to ask your boss for the day off on Friday!
Hypothetically speaking, if I were hosting a Royal Wedding Cocktail Party, or even better, was the Royal Mixologist (not a chance in hell, I know) here’s a sample of what royal watchers/wedding guests would be drinking to celebrate:
The Mix: The Ritz Sidecar
1 oz Crown Royal Reserve
1 oz Earl-Grey-tea-infused Cointreau
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
Pour contents into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I actually found this recipe a few weeks ago in the newspaper, and thought that the complement of tea and Crown Royal would be perfect for the Royal Wedding. AND I’m sure you will remember my post on how to make the Earl-Grey-tea-infused Cointreau here. It is dead easy to make. This is one of my most favourite cocktails that I have tried as of late! Mix it up!
If you head on over to the Tanqueray Gin Facebook page, you will also find some special Royal Wedding Cocktails including the ‘Blushing Bride’ and ‘The NewlyWeds’. I mixed up the Blushing Bride the other day – a bit on the sweet side for me, but boozy enough if you adjust the amount of grenadine.
The Mix: Blushing Bride
0.75 oz Tanqueray
0.5 oz Triple Sec
0.5 oz orange juice
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz grenadine
Shake vigorously and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with flamed orange zest.
And lastly, Beppi never fails with this article on cocktails that are fitting for a toast to the royal couple. This was just posted today, so I haven’t had the chance to check them out yet…thinking that the Royal Gin Fizz will be a perfect ‘breakfast martini option’ when I myself am (still) awake at 5 am on Friday and watching the ceremony.
Someone I spoke to who relegated the Royals to ‘useless celebrity’ status told me that about the only way he could get into watching the Royal Wedding without throwing up would be if he got some kind of kitsch value out of it, or if he could come around to see it as some kind of tacky spectacle. Well, turns out that Lydia Leith (UK Artist), has brought vomiting and kitsch together in commemoration of the nuptials with her Royal Wedding Sick Bag. Useful for if you have one too many at your pre-wedding cocktail party, or if you need to ‘Throne Up’ during the ceremony (am getting one for the Jock).
But if your pre-wedding cocktail party goes really well, and you hook up with some dashing Royal, you may find yourself in a situation where you need the Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction. Lie back and think of England.
So just where is that sick bag?