Toast the Royal Wedding

If you're planning a Royal Wedding Watch Party for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle you'll need some cocktails worthy of royalty.  We've got His and Her cocktail recipes to help toast the happy couple when they say "I do" on Saturday, May 19.

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His: Royal Groom

3 fresh strawberries
2 sugar cubes
3 dashes Angostura bitters
½ lemon wedge
1 piece ginger, cut into a 1-inch square, ¼ inch thick
1 oz. King’s Ginger liqueur
3 oz. Dalwhinnie 15 year old Scotch

Muddle the strawberries, sugar cubes, bitters, lemon wedge and ginger square. Add the liqueur and Scotch. Shake over ice and strain. Garnish with a strawberry.

 

Hers: Royal Bride

1 oz. tea infused simple syrup
2 oz. Plymouth gin

Shake over ice with lemon wedge twist.  Strain into a coup glass and top more than half with Bouvet Brut.  Garnish with a strawberry.

Tea infused simple syrup:
1 cup honey
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
6 chamomile tea bags
6 green tea bags

Stir sugar, honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat until mixed.  Add tea and chamomile and boil for 3 minutes, remove from heat and allow to steep for about 7 minutes.  Strain and use for cocktails.

SPRING SPRITZERS

By Aaron Walters

Spring has sprung and I couldn't be happier! Warmer temps, budding trees, blooming flowers and spritzy cocktails! This is a beautiful time of year in Arkansas, and spritzy cocktails are light and refreshing. They can be tart or on the sweeter side, and the effervescence makes them dangerously gluggable! I lean toward the bitter side of spritzy cocktails, but no judgment if you're into the sweeter things!


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The one that I will be making, and remaking, and remaking this spring is the Americano! It takes one of my favorite cocktails, the Negroni, and subs the gin for Fever Tree club soda for a super refreshing quaffable cocktail. 

Americano

  • 1 ½ oz. Campari
  • 1 ½ oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
  • Splash of Fever Tree club soda

Pour the Campari and vermouth over ice and add a splash of soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!


The next fizzy delicious cocktail is one of the classics: the Gin Fizz. I love mine with an egg white for extra frothy texture. This riff is called a Silver Fizz and it's something everyone should be drinking this spring!

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Gin Fizz

  • 2 oz. Roxor gin
  • ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 oz. Fever Tree club soda
  • Luxardo Maraschino cherry for garnish

Dry shake the egg white and simple syrup vigorously for about 15 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and ice and shake for another 15-20 seconds. Double strain into a highball glass with ice and top with soda. Garnish with cherry.