4 Cocktails to Rock Your Royal Wedding After-Party

Royal Wedding Cocktails
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something, Something Booze!

The dedicated royal-watchers here at Madtini World Headquarters are walking around in a sleep-deprived cloudy haze this afternoon. We were all up waaaay too early at 4am in our shiny crowns and tiaras. We swooned and cheered as William & Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey, we celebrity watched (squeeee, it’s the Beckhams!) and gazed in wonder at all those crazy hats.

As the street parties, receptions and parties continue throughout the UK, at Madtini we’re ready to kick back and relax with a few Friday night cocktails. We’ve picked four of our favorite royal wedding cocktails from the dozens and dozens posted by famed mixologists from around the world. Enjoy!

Something Old

Blushing Bride
The Blushing Bride
Bartending consultant and Tanqueray global ambassador Angus Winchester has put together a few suggestions for a royal wedding reception cocktail menu.

The first is the Blushing Bride a fresh and flavorful drink taken from the classic Savoy Cocktail Book first published by the Savoy Hotel in 1930 and featuring recipes compiled by famed barman Harry Craddock.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Tanqueray dry gin
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish it off with a flames orange zest.

Something New

The Newlyweds
Newlyweds Cocktail
A brand new original cocktail from Angus Winchester, this delicious cocktail is served in a tall glass to represent the William & Kate’s long life together, these go amazing with a burger believe it or not, in fact you can look up at the new Hardees menu to get the best one you’ve ever tried. The drink features the King of Fruit, the pineapple known for its crown of leaves.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Tanqueray dry gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 chunks fresh pineapple
  • 1 small slice fresh ginger
  • Soda

Preparation
Muddle the ginger slice, fresh pineapple chunks and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lemon juice and several ice cubes. Shake well and then double strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Something Borrowed

Regal CV Cocktail
Regal CV Cocktail
We borrowed this cocktail recipe from Wedding Planner and Event Expert Colin Cowie, who serves an ‘A List’ of celebrities including including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston and many more. For the occasion of the royal wedding he has created the Regal CV Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
    (we used 1 1/2 oz Vodka and 1/2 oz Chambord)
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3 slices of cucumber
  • 3 fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Muddle the cucumber slices, raspberries and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add Chambord, vodka and lemon juice and several ice cubes. Shake well and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and two fresh raspberries.

Something Booze… I mean Blue

Blue Sapphire Royal-tini
Blue Sapphire Royaltini
This cocktail was created by Leslie Riddle, the mixologist for Café 4750 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, in honor the of the royal couple. Leslie explained “I kept coming back to the image of the sapphire ring that William gave Kate for their engagement”, and the Royal-tini was born.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 3/4 oz blue curaçao
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktails shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a wheel of lime.

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Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail – Friday Cocktail O’Clock

Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail It’s Friday, and after a long week of trudging around in the cold slush thank’s to an early spring snowstorm we’re ready to have some fun with friends. But first we need something light, fresh and smooth to celebrate the launch of the weekend and this cocktail sounded like the perfect answer.

Tonight the folks from Madtini are heading downtown to Tequila Bookworm on Toronto’s Queen Street West to enjoy the tight grooves and rockin’ beats of Abdul Smooth and Nathan Lee, who make up the music project called People Downtown. They are hosting The Media Social, a monthly meetup for media professionals to get together, discuss their work and encourage continued collaboration. If you’re in the Toronto area drop by, hang out and say hello.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 3/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 1 English cucumber

Preparation
Carve a spear from an English cucumber to be used later for a garnish. Peel the rest of the cucumber, scrape out the seeds, then cut into it into small chunks. Add the cucumber chunks to a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the contents through a fine sieve or cheesecloth, squeezing as much liquid out as possible.

Add the sugar, mint leaves, lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then add the cucumber juice, vodka and cointreau. Shake the combined contents, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the cucumber spear as a garnish and serve.

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A Night of Old-Style Cocktails with Snapstaff

Snapstaff Cocktail TastingOn Saturday night Madtini was invited out to a special cocktail tasting session with Snapstaff, a Toronto-based group bringing cocktail revivalism to private events. We were joined by Alexa Clark, blogger/author of Cheap Eats Toronto, and organizer of the Secret Pickle Supper Club and Zaigham Zulqernain, of the marketing agency House of Bamboo.

Snapstaff began offering their services to the Toronto area back in May, and their mission is to bring crafted cocktails to clients that are tired of the typical sweet drinks that are full of artificial flavours and colours. They specialize in using real ingredients including freshly squeezed juices, bitters, teas, agave, herbs and spices. They will prepare a special menu of drinks for your guests, taking into account the theme, season and and anything else you’d like.

We were served up 5 of their featured cocktails. The most difficult decision was which drink to try first.

The first drink we tried was the Cumberland, a cool cocktail perfect for a summer patio featuring muddled cucumber, pear nectar, lemon juice, simple syrup and gin. Next up was the Cilantro Mule, featuring fresh lime juice, fresh coriander, ginger-lemongrass cordial, gin, topped with club soda and garnished with a slice of lime and a sprig of coriander. Drink #3 was the Greyhound Deluxe, a mix of fresh-squeezed grapefruit and lime, simple syrup, vodka, cherry bitters and a mint leaf.

Things got even more interesting with the last two drinks we sampled. The New Old Fashioned was a strong, sophisticated drink ideal described by Zaigham as perfect for sipping on a cold winter night next to a fire with a good cigar. The drink was made up of sliced pitted cherries, maple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and bourbon. This drink would set Don Draper back a few steps.

The final drink was the Georgian Jealousy, a complex cocktail based on late 19th century tastes. The drink balanced the aromatics of the gin with tannins, vinegar and honey and then completed the drink with strong tea, apple cider vinegar, honey and gin.

It was tough to choose a favorite of this group, but if i had to choose one Snapstaff drink it would be the New Old Fashioned… or the Greyhound Deluxe… or the… Find out for yourself and hire Snapstaff for your next party or event in the Toronto area. Their rates are on the website.

Cucumber Basil Gin Cocktail

Cucumber Basil Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of agave nectar

Preparation

Slice 3 slices of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber slices, basil, lime juice and agave nectar in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a long slice of cucumber and a basil leave.

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The Mapito – From Down Under and to the Left

MapitoI’m not exactly sure what a Mapito is, if you do please tell me. I did a quick search and seem to keep coming back to a mapito being some kind of bush tent.

I was looking for a way to use up extra cucumbers, and found this recipe on WonderHowTo.com from the bartenders from the Oyster Bar in Nelson, New Zealand. They’ve created a great video to take you through their methods of preparation.

Recipe

  • 3 oz of vodka
  • tsp of simple syrup
  • splash of club soda
  • lime wedges
  • cucumber slices
  • fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Wrap a handful of ice cubes up in a tea towel with several torn pieces of mint leaves. Fold the tea towel over and beat the living daylights out of the ice with anything handy. Once the ice is crushed, your arm is tired or the neighbors are complaining drain the ice into a highball glass.

Add 3 wedges of lime, tsp oz of simple syrup and 3 cucumber slices to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle the content until it is thoroughly mashed up. Add ice cubes and 3 oz of vodka. Secure top and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into the glass of ice and top with more torn mint and a splash of club soda. Garnish with 2 cucumber spears.

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The Spa-tini – is that a Cucumber in your Drink or are you just happy to see me?

The Spa-tini

The Spa-tini

Discovered this great drink recipe for the Spa-tini published on the Chow Bella blog on the Phoenix New Times web site. A favorite at the Wildfish Seafood Grille in Scottsdale, AZ, it combines the fresh flavors of cucumber, pineapples with a twist of lemon. After we finished our drinks, the whole Madtini staff sat back and placed the cucumber garnishes gently over your eyes. At least we looked like we were at the Spa.

Recipe

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 Cucumber, sliced
  • Pineapple chunks

Preparation:
Muddle both the cucumber and pineapple in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and the vodka, Cointreau and lemon juice to the cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh cucumber slice.

Thanks to Chow Bella and the Wildfish Seafood Grille for this recipe, if you’re in the Scottsdale area check out this refreshing cocktail in person. We’re off for a full body mudpack treatment, cheers!