Two questions about the royal wedding Saturday: Are you getting up at 7 a.m. to watch it and do you know what you’ll be sipping on while you watch? It can’t just be coffee for an event like this.
A couple royal cocktails are in order (and perhaps a scone or two) if you plan on tuning in tomorrow morning – along with the other expected 23 million plus viewers. But before we get to the imbibes we think are most fitting to sip alongside the ceremony, here’s to a few moments of gushing over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, if we may.
The couple is utterly mesmerizing. Besides shattering centuries of rules, stigmas and protocols, they live out the Hallmark movie template with captivating ease. In casual, down-to-earth brilliance, the couple was introduced by a mutual friend. All Meghan wanted to know was, “Is he nice?” (2:57). Once their friend confirmed her hopes, the date was set and as Harry took his seat at their first meeting, he said he was “beautifully surprised” (3:46). We’re still scratching our heads about how Prince Harry just strolls into a bar for a blind date and doesn’t get mobbed, but he and Meghan have obviously managed to work something out.
Six months of secret rendezvous and underground traipses (their third date, a safari in Botswana, Africa, was the seal of the let’s-do-this-for-real deal), built a foundation for the couple that allowed them to connect on a few enduring passions they’ve always worked toward – humanitarian work, community work and wanting to see change in a challenging world.
But enough about the love story for now, let’s get to the drink! This cocktail is easily mixed so that you can keep an eye on the floods of A-listers arriving at Windsor Castle. Again, the actual ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. ET, so make sure to record it so you can whip up this cocktail and enjoy over a leisurely brunch.
As to what the guests will actually be sipping following the service, this Forbes article makes a few educated guesses we like. One drink, in particular that gets mentioned happens to be an old favorite of ours – Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut.
“Bollinger is the favorite bubbly of famed spy James Bond, and it too has royal wedding links. Prince Charles served a 1975 Bollinger at his bachelor party, and at his wedding to Diana Spencer in 1981. According to the New York Times, Bollinger is Prince Charles' "favorite Champagne." Bollinger, which has continuously held a Royal Warrant since 1884, was also served at Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's 1986 wedding.” – Forbes
The Champagne exhibits notes of toasted brioche with layered streaks of citrus and stone. It’s saturated with fresh bread-dough scents and bursting with fresh fruit. Flavorful through to the exceptionally long finish. Here’s that recipe:
The Markle Sparkler
4 oz Bollinger Champagne
1 ½ oz St-Germain
Add Champagne to a flute and top with St-Germain. Garnish with a lemon twist.
If you’re more a classic cocktail sipper, check out this Royal Sage cocktail. With unfiltered apple juice, fresh sage and classic Beefeater London Dry Gin.
The Royal Sage
1 ½ oz Beefeater London Dry Gin
1 ½ oz Apple Juice (unfiltered if desired)
½ tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
½ tablespoon Simple Syrup
½ - 1 oz Soda Water
Orange Juice, just a splash
Sprinkling of Sea Salt
3 Sage Leaves
In a highball glass filled with fresh ice, pour about ½ to 1 oz of soda water. In a cocktail shaker filled with fresh ice, add all ingredients except for one sage leaf, soda water and OJ. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Pour over a fine strainer into a highball glass filled with fresh ice, splash with orange juice and garnish with remaining sage leaves.
Pair either one of these cocktails with cucumber tea sandwiches or a heartier brunch of salmon eggs benedict. And if the harsh reality that Harry is no longer on the market begins to creep in, feel free to check out these salty cocktails you can cry into.