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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Toast the Royal Couple With a Homemade Cocktail

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Beefeater Gin and Grey Goose Vodka

Finally, after nearly six months of waiting, the royal wedding is happening tomorrow! If any of you Destination I Do readers are half as excited about the big event as I am, then you’re surely celebrating in some form or another. If a viewing party is in your future, consider one of these yummy and oh-so-royal cocktails to toast the happy couple!

Beefeater Royal-Tea

Ingredients:
• 2 parts Beefeater Gin
• 2 parts brewed and chilled Earl Gray Tea
• Squeeze of lemon juice
• Spoonful of sugar
• lime wheels for garnish
• Serve in a large punch bowl (or a large, deep casserole dish) and garnish with wheels of lemon and lime, mint sprigs and pomegranate seeds.

Chill the punch with lots of regular ice cubes or make your own fruit ice cubes by freezing orange and lemon slices with water in a plastic container.

Beefeater Royal Punch

Ingredients:
• 2 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
• 1 part Dubonnet (This is a nod to the Queen Mum, who "was known to enjoy gin and Dubonnet as an apertif," notes Warner)
• 1 part pomegranate juice ("It represents marriage.")
• 2 parts fresh lemonade (American style)
• Angostura bitters to taste

GREY GOOSE White Tie and Tiara

Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE Le Citron Flavored Vodka
• 1 part lychee juice
• 1 part white grapefruit juice
• 1/2 part fresh lime juice
• 1/4 part jasmine syrup

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with plenty of cubed ice. Shake vigorously until shaker beads with sweat. Finish with a squeeze of grapefruit rind to release essential oils. Spray the inside of a martini glass with rose water, then strain and pour the cocktail and serve with a white flower.

Regal CV
Recipe by event expert Colin Cowie

Ingredients:
• 2 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
• ¾ oz simple syrup
• 3 slices of cucumber (skin on)
• 3 fresh raspberries
• ½ oz fresh lemon juice

Muddle the raspberries, cucumber and simple syrup. Add to a shaker with lemon juice and Chambord Flavored Vodka. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a martini glass or a large coupe glass and garnish.

Garnish option 1: Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a fresh raspberry.
Garnish option 2: Garnish with fresh raspberries.

GREY GOOSE Blushing Dutchess

Ingredients:
• 2 parts GREY GOOSE Vodka
• 3 wedges peeled and seeded grapefruit
• turbinado sugar for rimming the glass
• 1/2 teaspoon turbinado sugar
• 1 part triple sec

Rub the grapefruit around the outside edge of the glass and then roll rim in the turbinado sugar. Place the sugar and grapefruit in the bottom of a shaker, muddle thoroughly. Add GREY GOOSE Vodka, triple sec and ice. Shake well. Pour drink including ice and grapefruit into a rimmed rocks glass.

Hopefully one of these cocktails will get your celebratory juices flowing! I’m sure after a few of these delicious drinks your faux British accent will be greatly improved. Don't forget to check out the blog tomorrow for a Wills and Kate-inspired tour of Scotland. Also, you'll have my ridiculously researched and over-excited recap of the Royal Wedding right here on Monday. Cheers!

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