Members of the hospitality industry around the world will pause tomorrow and raise a glass to wish Prince William and his beautiful English rose princess, Kate Middleton all the very best. But why not do it with one of two cocktails whose ingredients uniquely honor this remarkable couple.
Drambuie is, of course, an excellent choice because it was originally blended for Prince Charles Edward Stuart of Scotland over 260 years ago from a unique combination of aged Scottish whiskies, heather honey, herbs and spices. Indeed, its name when translated means “the drink that satisfies”.
What better invitation can there be for a great cocktail?
The English Rose Cocktail
In a Champagne flute, add:
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 3 Drops Orange Bitters
- 1 oz. Drambuie
Slowly top with:
- 4 oz. Chilled Champagne
- Splash of Campari
- 3 Drops Rosewater
Garnish with a thinly-sliced strawberry, fanned and floated on the top.
But the fun shouldn’t stop there. Charlotte Voisy, the famed female mixologist for William Grant & Sons USA, has also created a new cocktail that captures the love of London for their newest princess – The Rosie Lee, which is a cockney term for “tea” but this time with a bounce. Thanks to the addition of Hendrick Gin, this cocktail also has a delightful floral flavor, making it perfect for any wedding.
The Rosie Lee Cocktail
Combine and shake together:
- 1 ½ oz. Hendrick’s Gin
- ½ oz. Monin Rose Syrup
- 1 oz. Lychee Fruit Juice
- ½ oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Brief Dash Angostura Bitters
- Lemon, Cut Paper Thin
Strain into an English bone china teacup or elegant cocktail glass.
Then garnish with a very thin lemon slice.
Either way, both are great – just like these two young people to whom we wish the very best – now and always!
Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2011