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King Of Cocktails?

Apr 21, 2011
King Of Cocktails?
Mix up this drink to celebrate the royal wedding.

prince-william-kate-middletOn this day 501 years ago, Henry VIII took the throne of England. Thankfully, the modern royals are a little more even-tempered--and the big wedding that's now only eight days away promises to be a festive affair followed by significantly fewer beheadings than Henry tallied up after his exchange of vows.

If you plan to spend most of the day watching William and Kate on BBC America, we suggest you mix up a few Royal Arrivals for you and your friends. This rather strong drink--it'll be a long day--was created by London bartender Joe Gilmore to honor the birth of Prince Andrew. Here's how to make one:

• 4 parts gin
• 1 part lemon juice
• 1 part Crème de Noyaux
• 1 part Kümmel
• 1 egg white
• Dash of vegetable extract

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass.

You'll notice the slightly esoteric ingredients, Crème de Noyaux and Kümmel. The former is an almond-flavored cream liqueur; the latter is a sweet, herbal, licorice-like liqueur. Since the drink needs more sweetness than herbaceousness and, frankly, is missing our favorite ingredient (wine) altogether, we suggest you swap out both liqueurs and replace them with a Sauternes or Barsac, or even Lillet Blanc. Any of these sweet French white wines will bring some of those almond and candied tropical fruit flavors, and you'll leave out the licorice taste that isn't for everybody anyway.

What will you be pouring at your royal wedding party? Tell us here.

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