5 Cocktails Fit for a Royal Engagement

Enjoy Prince Harry and Meghan Markle-inspired libations.

When Harry Met Meghan cocktail

When Harry Met Meghan cocktail

Head bartender Sarah Ruiz at Dirty Habit in Washington, D.C. decided to combine gin and Earl Grey tea in her original cocktail, When Harry Met Meghan.

Photo by: Julia Majors

Julia Majors

Head bartender Sarah Ruiz at Dirty Habit in Washington, D.C. decided to combine gin and Earl Grey tea in her original cocktail, When Harry Met Meghan.

What could be a better excuse to create some new cocktails than the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement? Several mixologists around the country have whipped up some royal libations to celebrate the occasion with special ingredients ranging from chamomile honey syrup to Creme de Violette. Here are the top five contenders.

H.M. WINDSOR

H.M. Windsor cocktail

H.M. Windsor cocktail

Created by head bartender Melissa Carroll at South Water Kitchen in Chicago, the H.M. Windsor is a unique mixture of High West Double Rye Whiskey with small doses of Falernum (a sweet tropical syrup), Earl Gray syrup, fresh lemon juice and a few dashes of lemon bitters. For the presentation, it is served in a punch glass, topped with steeped Earl Gray tea and garnished with a lemon wedge.

Photo by: Michelle Banovic

Michelle Banovic

Created by head bartender Melissa Carroll at South Water Kitchen in Chicago, the H.M. Windsor is a unique mixture of High West Double Rye Whiskey with small doses of Falernum (a sweet tropical syrup), Earl Grey syrup, fresh lemon juice and a few dashes of lemon bitters. For the presentation, it is served in a punch glass, topped with steeped Earl Grey tea and garnished with a lemon wedge.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce High West Double Rye Whiskey
  • .25 ounce
  • .75 ounce Earl Grey syrup
  • .25 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters
  • 5 ounces Earl Grey tea, to top

Build in punch glass, top with steeped Earl Grey tea and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Diamond Heart cocktail

Diamond Heart cocktail

Benny Hernandez, the lead bartender at LILT lounge on Miami’s waterfront, was inspired by Prince Harry’s dazzling engagement ring to Meghan Markle and crafted an original whiskey cocktail he calls the Diamond Heart. In a shaker with ice, he adds Jameson Irish Whiskey, fresh pineapple and lemon juice, Creme de Violette, simple syrup and a dash or two of Burlesque Bitters. It is then shaken and double stained into a teacup garnished with micro flowers.

Photo by: LILT Lounge

LILT Lounge

DIAMOND HEART

Benny Hernandez, the lead bartender at LILT Lounge on Miami’s waterfront, was inspired by Prince Harry’s dazzling engagement ring to Meghan Markle and crafted an original whiskey cocktail he calls the Diamond Heart. In a shaker with ice, he adds Jameson Irish Whiskey, fresh pineapple and lemon juice, Creme de Violette, simple syrup and a dash or two of Burlesque Bitters. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 2 ounces fresh pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Creme de Violette
  • 2 dashes of Burlesque Bitters
  • Activated charcoal and small micro flowers

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Double strain into a purple teacup. Garnish with activated charcoal and micro flowers. The activated charcoal is sprinkled on top of the flowers to help give the garnish an extra regal touch.

Holy Matrimony cocktail

Holy Matrimony cocktail

Inspired by the English tradition of afternoon tea, mixologist Mirek Strunlaski at the Stratus Lounge in Philadelphia has invented Harry Matrimony, a refreshing blend of gin and fresh fruits. The first step adds blackberries, lemon juice and Earl Gray infused honey to a shaker and muddles them together. Tanqueray dry gin is then added and shaken with ice before being double strained into a glass. It is topped with rocks and enough soda to find the glass. The final accent is fresh mint leaves and a lemon wheel.

Photo by: Stratus Lounge

Stratus Lounge

HARRY MATRIMONY

Inspired by the English tradition of afternoon tea, mixologist Mirek Strunlaski at the Stratus Lounge in Philadelphia has invented Harry Matrimony, a refreshing blend of gin and fresh fruits. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Tanqueray London Dry Gin
  • .75 ounce Earl Grey infused honey*
  • .5 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 4-5 fresh blackberries
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • club soda
  • lemon wheel for garnish

Add honey, lemon juice, and berries to shaker tin, muddle. Add gin, shake with ice, double strain into glass. Add expressed mint leaves, top with rocks and soda to fill glass, and garnish with lemon wheel.

*Earl Grey-Infused Honey

  • 2 parts honey
  • 1 part water
  • Earl Grey tea bags (four tea bags per quart of honey used)

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea and steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags, add honey, and stir until dissolved. Cool.

When Harry Met Meghan cocktail

When Harry Met Meghan cocktail

The Brits love their gin and their tea, especially Earl Gray, so head bartender Sarah Ruiz at Dirty Habit in Washington, D.C. decided to combine them together in her original cocktail, When Harry Met Meghan. The ingredients include One Eight Distilling No. 3 Gin, Chamomile honey syrup, pear brandy and 3 dashes of baked apple bitters. Top the glass off with hot Earl Gray tea and garnish it with a bit of dehydrated pear.

Photo by: Julia Majors

Julia Majors

WHEN HARRY MET MEGHAN

The Brits love their gin and their tea, especially Earl Grey, so head bartender Sarah Ruiz at Dirty Habit in Washington, D.C. decided to combine them together in her original cocktail, When Harry Met Meghan. 

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce One Eight Distilling Untitled No. 3 Gin
  • 1 ounce chamomile honey syrup*
  • .5 ounce pear brandy
  • 3 dashes baked apple bitters
  • Top with 5 ounces Earl Grey tea
  • Dehydrated pear for garnish

Preheat glass with hot water; build ingredients in glass excluding the tea; after ingredients are mixed, add 5 ounces hot Earl Grey tea; stir. Garnish with dehydrated pear.

*Chamomile Honey Syrup

  • 12 ounces honey
  • 12 ounces water
  • 15 grams chamomile

Add chamomile to hot water on stove and whisk in honey until fully incorporated. Strain and let cool.

The Princess and the Tea cocktail

The Princess and the Tea cocktail

Created at Outlier restaurant on Seattle’s waterfront, The Princess and the Tea is another British tea-inspired cocktail that combines Absolute Vodka, Creme de Violette, Chamomile Syrup, fresh lemon juice and 2 dashes Bitter Truth Lemon bitters. It is then double strained into a teacup with a side garnish of loose chamomile tea on the saucer. The final result is a royal treat.

Photo by: Aubrie Pick

Aubrie Pick

THE PRINCESS AND THE TEA

Created at Outlier restaurant near Seattle’s waterfront, The Princess and the Tea is another British tea-inspired cocktail that combines Absolute Vodka, Creme de Violette, chamomile syrup, fresh lemon juice and Bitter Truth Lemon bitters. The final result is a royal treat.

Ingredients

  • 1.75 ounces Absolute Vodka
  • .25 ounce Creme de Violette
  • .75 ounces Chamomile Syrup*
  • .75 ounces lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

Shake, Double Strain into a teacup and saucer – garnish with loose chamomile tea.

*Chamomile Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup loose chamomile tea

Bring sugar and water to boil and then cover and simmer with chamomile for 20 minutes. Strain out everything and refrigerate.

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