Whether you’re into it or not, it’s hard to ignore that Royal Wedding fever is fast sweeping across London. Up to two-million people across the country are expected to host street parties to celebrate the occasion on 29th April, and it’s the perfect time for digging out patriotic recipes to commemorate the event. Classic punch cocktails are the perfect way to toast the nuptials, and are quick and easy to put together for large groups of rowdy revellers. Beefeater London Dry is a quintessential London spirit, and is the perfect ingredient for potent punches. To mark the event, the spirit – distilled right here in the capital – has teamed up with some of the city’s most esteemed mixologists on a number of recipes to see you through the day in suitably hedonistic fashion.
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Nick Strangeway’s Royal Bloodline Punch (makes enough for 8-10 people)
500ml Beefeater London Dry
250ml Sweet Vermouth
125ml Crème de Framboise
600ml Blood Orange Juice
250ml Blood Orange Sherbet (see recipe below)
1 bottle Champagne
Glass: Highball glasses, punch to be served in a punch bowl or large jug
Garnish: Slices of blood oranges and fresh raspberries
Method: Build all the ingredients, except the Champagne, on rock ice in the punch bowl or jug. Stir to chill thoroughly and garnish with the blood orange slices and raspberries. Serve in the highball glasses over ice and topped with Champagne.
Blood Orange Sherbet recipe:
Grate the zest of 5 blood orange into a pan and then squeeze in their juice. Add 15 tablespoons of caster sugar and slowly heat to dissolve the sugar but do not boil. Leave to infuse and cool down for 30 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve.
Dre Masso’s Royal Spring Fizz
50ml (1 part) Beefeater London Dry Gin
100ml (2 parts) Cloudy Apple Juice
50ml (1 part) Champagne or Sparkling Wine (preferably English, but any will do)
3 teaspoons of elderflower cordial
2 wedges of lime, squeezed and dropped
2 big sprigs of mint and a slice of apple for garnish
Glass: Highball glasses, cocktail to be served in a large jug
Garnish: Slice of apple and 2 big sprigs of mint.
Method: Fill a highball glass with cubed ice to the brim. Squeeze the lime and drop in the glass. Add gin, apple juice, elderflower and sparkling wine, then give everything a good stir.
Dan Warner’s Beefeater Royal Punch
2 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
1 part Dubonnet
1 part pomegranate juice
2 parts fresh lemonade (American style)
Angostura bitters to taste
Glass: Highball glasses, cocktail to be served in a punch bowl or large jug
Garnish: Wheels of lemon and lime, mint sprigs and pomegranate seeds
Method: Mix all ingredients and serve. Chill the punch with lots of ice cubes or make your own fruit ice cubes by freezing orange and lemon slices with water.