5 Cocktails Inspired By The Monarchy

June 5, 2018

Some people are monarchists. Some are republican. Why can’t we all just get along? We’ll put harmony on the agenda with something everyone can agree on: a couple of delicious beverages inspired by our colonial overlords. or blimey!

The Queen’s Gin

Apparently, the Queen enjoys a cheeky gin every day as a pre-lunch aperitif. So, do as the royals and mix up this tipple before tucking in to a feast fit for a king. Remember to serve this one over exactly two ice cubes – just the way Her Majesty prefers.

60 mL Beefeater London Dry Gin
120mL tonic water
1 slice of lime (to garnish)

Prince Harry’s Dark ‘n’ Stormy

A good dark ‘n’ stormy is a lot like a royal wedding – because it’s the ginger that’s the real star of the show. Pay tribute to the world’s favourite redheaded Englishman (sorry, Rupert Grint) by mixing up this delicious drink. Here’s to Prince Harry!

100 mL ginger beer
60 mL 4670 Yellow Dark Rum
1 dash of bitters
1 lime wedge (to garnish)

Fill a tall glass with ice, add rum and bitters and then top with ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime to finish.

A ‘Wedding Suit Green’ Melon Sour

If there’s one thing that we know for certain about the Queen, it’s that she can rock a mono-colour outfit like nobody’s business – and she does it all for us. So why not recreate one of her many sartorial triumphs in the form of an eye-searing cocktail? Relax, enjoy your holiday weekend, and sip on a drink so luminous that it’d make Kermit the Frog green with envy.

45 mL Midori Melon Liqueur
60 mL sour mix
45 mL fresh lime juice
1 splash of lemon-lime soda
1 maraschino cherry (to garnish)

Mix liqueur, sour mix, and lime juice over ice. Top with soda and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

The Corgi Fluffy Dog

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions the Queen? That’s right, corgis (and their adorable dachshund cousins – dorgis). Any reference to the royals goes hand-in-paw with scenes of Her Majesty’s gang of canine companions frolicking on the lawns of Buckingham Palace. This Queen’s Birthday, why not raise a toast to those unsung royal heroes – the literal underdogs – with this suitably sweet cocktail?

30 mL Bols Strawberry Liqueur
30 mL Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

Shake both ingredients together before straining over ice into a cocktail glass.

The (Very) Old Fashioned

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, with a remarkable 66 years on the throne. Now, some might say that makes Her Highness a little dated – but we all know that true classics just get better with age. To prove the point, whip up an old fashioned (a cocktail that dates back to the 19th century) and pay a respectable hat-tip to the days of yesteryear.

45 mL Makers Mark Bourbon
2 dashes of bitters
1 sugar cube
1 orange slice (to garnish)

Drop sugar cube into a glass and soak with bitters. Top with bourbon and muddle, before garnishing with orange. You can add a splash of water to taste.