Who cares that the royal wedding broadcasts will begin as early as 4 a.m. EST here in the U.S.? Whether you've taken a three-day weekend, or even if you just want to start Happy Hour as the sun comes up, you'll totally have an excuse to party tomorrow night morning. But what good is any party without a signature cocktail? And in this case, it has to be not only unique but also fit for a monarch. Because hello, basic champagne just isn't going to cut it this time around. No, this is a ROYAL WEDDING we're talking about after all.
So here, six signature cocktails you can mix up and raise in a glass to say, "Cheers!" to happy newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton ...
Mixologist Dan Warner of Beefeater, the iconic British liquor, told People magazine he created a special Right Royal Punch with the bride and groom-to-be in mind.
Of course I thought first and foremost of the happy couple when creating it. It's perfect for a viewing party for loyal royal followers in the U.K., and those in the U.S. who want to celebrate with a decidedly English bent.
But Warner isn't the only booze expert to create a royal concoction in honor of the Prince & Catherine's big day. Wedding and event expert Colin Cowie has also developed an "inspirational signature cocktail" perfect for the celebration. It's called the Royal CV Vodka Cocktail and shakes up vodka with raspberries, cucumber and lemon juice for a sip that seems like it would be the libation of choice at a spa fit for a princess.
If you're in the mood for something extremely one-of-a-kind, there's the Will & Kate Champagne Cocktail, which will be served at British bar One Aldwych, and features elderflower cordial and edible gold flakes. Not sure I've ever had a drink served with edible gold flakes -- sign me up!
Or if you'll be celebrating with the girls, you could choose a decidedly feminine martini, like the Royal Blush, which combines cherry puree, mint and lime for a sort-of cosmo-meets-mojito. (Sounds kind of perfect for a royal honeymoon, come to think of it!)
Of course, one of the top beverages that springs to mind when you think of England is tea! (And bonus: Tea is way more acceptable to drink before noon than hard liquor. Ha ha.) So, that's why the Kate’s Old New Borrowed Blue Cocktail could be a lovely choice ... It's a mix of tea-infused vodka, vermouth and blueberries!
And if you want to be drinking not just in honor of the royal newlyweds but with them, you may want to stir yourself up a Crack Baby, a mix of fresh passion fruit mixed with vodka and champagne. It's rumored to be the royal couple's drink of choice.
Which cocktail sounds best to you? How will you be celebrating the royal wedding tomorrow?