An invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is just about the hardest ticket on the planet to score. Don’t feel too bad; even President Obama isn’t going. But you can still toast the couple with my appropriately pra-pah cocktails.
The newlyweds aren’t the first members of the royalty to have a drink created for them. For her 1922 nuptials, legendary barman Harry Craddock concocted the Princess Mary’s Pride, which marries calvados and Dubonnet (the late Queen Mum’s favorite) with dry vermouth.
You can share my Scotch whisky-based Royal Balmoral Punch (pictured above) with your friends as you watch the ceremony on television. It’s inspired by the family’s castle in the Scottish Highlands, where the Queen spends her summers. The word “royal” in a cocktail name also usually indicates that it includes Champagne; this punch is no exception.
Loyal subjects around the world will be in the mood for something a little more celebratory than their regular cup of tea, or “Rosie Lee,” as it’s known in the East End of London. Try my special cuppa’, which contains gin, rose-infused simple syrup and lychee and lemon juices.
While Buckingham Palace is still keeping the honeymoon destination a secret, the bubbly and festive Diamond Blue, a mix of gin, crème de violette and blue Curaçao, will put you in a tropical frame of mind. This concoction also matches the hue of the family’s fabulous engagement ring.
You can watch Charlotte make these cocktails tomorrow morning on The Early Show on CBS.
Charlotte Voisey is the official mixologist of William Grant & Sons USA.