It’s no secret that the Royals love their booze. Gin, in particular. In fact, according to reports, on a normal day, the Queen drinks at least two gin-based drinks before she even finishes her lunch. Now, that’s the way to live.
With the royal nuptials less than two weeks away, you’re probably putting the finishing touches on your royal wedding viewing party, and though it will be early in the morning on this side of the pond when Harry and Meghan say their “I dos,” that doesn’t mean we should be deprived of some royal cocktails to celebrate the occasion. Harry wouldn’t want that. There’s even a commemorative gin inspired by the royal couple being sold across the street from the ceremony at The Queen Charlotte pub. It’s called Gin&’er (get it?) and a bottle can be yours for just $48.57 CAD plus shipping.
Whether you’re ordering special royal gin, or just using the stuff from your local liquor store, do it up fancy with one (or many) of these elegant gin cocktails created by 2017’s World’s Best Bartender Kaitlyn Stewart (who also happens to be Canadian). This is the royal wedding, we can do so much better than just a splash of tonic.
Kaitlyn makes a twist on a Pimm’s Cup, aptly named a “Queen’s Cuppa,” with Old Tom gin, which is a touch sweeter and softer on the juniper than regular London Dry style. Mix one ounce of gin, two ounces of Earl Grey tea and half an ounce each of ginger liqueur, sweet vermouth and lemon juice. Shake the concoction with ice in a shaker then strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with mint and a lemon slice.
Kaitlyn remixes a French 75 (and makes it blue, i.e. “Something Blue”) with 0.75 ounces Dillons Small Batch Gin, 0.25 ounces Blue Curacao, 0.5 ounces lemon juice and a spoonful of orange marmalade. Mix the ingredients together in a shaker, then strain into a flute, top with sparkling water and garnish with an orange twist.
Kaitlyn calls her twist on a classic negroni (Meghan’s favourite drink) a “High ‘n’ Dry” and adds flowery flavours to make it the perfect spring wedding cocktail. Mix 0.75 ounces each of London Dry gin, Campari liqueur and St. Germain elderflower liqueur and a dash of orange blossom water. Then strain over fresh ice, top with sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
This variation on a Moscow Mule is called “Meg! Meg! Mule” (seems fitting) and uses Genever gin which is softer on the juniper flavour. Mix one and a half ounces of the gin with a dash of Green Chartreuse, rosemary syrup and lime juice, then pour over fresh ice and top off with ginger beer. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh mint.