The big day is almost here. On Saturday, March 19th, Meghan and Harry will tie the knot in stately style. Chefs and mixologists are feting the couple’s forthcoming nuptials with everything from cocktails and high teas to special dishes, including a Kellogg’s viewing party. Check out these restaurants celebrating the royal wedding on this side of the pond.
The Victor, Vancouver, British Columbia
Brice Peressini, lead bartender at The Victor, created The Emperor’s Sour cocktail to make anyone feel as special as Harry’s betrothed. He uses naturally violet Empress Gin, which was made for the Empress Hotel in Victoria. “Adding egg white for the frothiness gives it a cloud-like impression that will match any bride’s dress well. To top it all off, the drink’s flavor is a crowd pleaser. Floral, sweet, and sour with enough kick to get the party started, it’s a perfect companion for any royal wedding — just tip your bartender well. This is a touch harder to make than a gin and tonic,” Peressini states. Make a reservation at The Victor.
The Shakespeare, New York, New York
New York City’s The Shakespeare will host a Royal Wedding breakfast gala at 6:30AM on Saturday, May 19. Guests will be welcomed with a mimosa and a sausage roll (the latter being the savory treat given to the public invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding) and can watch the festivities live on large screens strategically situated throughout the restaurant. Diners can savor a regal breakfast based on the couple’s favorite foods, as well as British and American morning meal traditions, such as a full English breakfast, banana bread, roast chicken (and waffles), kedgeree, and pancakes. There will be a toast to the newly minted royal couple with Chapel Down’s Brut, the same British sparkling wine reportedly being poured at Harry and Meghan’s second wedding reception at Frogmore House that evening. And, of course, there will be wedding cake of the lemon elderflower variety, just like that of the prince and his bride. Make a reservation at The Shakespeare.
Outlier, Seattle, Washington
Seattle’s Outlier, located in the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, is shaking up a special cocktail created by John Walter. Called The Princess and the Tea, it is suitable for a princess indeed! This royal engagement-inspired sipper features crème de violette, created from two distinct flower breeds, including the (aptly named) luminous Queen Charlotte blossom. The inclusion of chamomile syrup is a nod to the British love for tea, and, when served in a gorgeous teacup and saucer, it induces a royal vibe to all who sip. Make a reservation at Outlier.
The Clocktower, New York, New York
Chefs Jason Atherton and Danila Bodgan have put together a special brunch roast menu to mark the day. Offerings include Beef Wellington with creamed cabbage, roasted carrots, shallot, and red wine sauce. Also, don’t miss the Royal Engagement cocktail to kick things off. It’s crafted with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Drambuie, housemade carrot-ginger syrup, and lemon. The cocktail is available anytime – and the brunch is served on weekends. Make a reservation at The Clocktower.
Dirty Habit, Washington, D.C.
Head bartender Sarah Ruiz created the When Harry Met Meghan cocktail with Brits’ love of Earl Grey and gin in mind. She uses One Eight, an American gin distilled in Washington, D.C., as a representation of blending Prince Harry’s British heritage with Meghan’s American roots. Make a reservation at Dirty Habit.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures, Austin, Texas
Hold court this weekend around Mattie’s Market Punch mixed with gin, guava jelly, mint marigold, grapefruit, and herb tea wine and garnished with fruit and edible flowers. This delicious large-format drink can be shared among a group and is served in a beautiful, antique teapot with individual teacups. We’re sure the Queen would approve. Make a reservation at Mattie’s at Green Pastures.
The Dandelion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On the 19th, executive chef Liam Geoghegan is serving a $55 prix-fixe, family-style menu. Diners can feast on deviled eggs and the pint of prawns, followed by roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, watercress, roasted potatoes, horseradish sauce, beef gravy, and a vegetable. The meal concludes with elegant Elderflower lemon cake. Make a reservation at The Dandelion.
Honey Salt, Vancouver, British Columbia
As the countdown continues to Saturday, those searching for inspiration for their upcoming viewing parties can visit Honey Salt at Parq Vancouver for some lovely afternoon tea. Available Mondays through Fridays from 2-5PM, Honey Salt’s beloved tea and crepe cart features two set menus — one for $43 and the other for $53. In addition to an exquisite collection of international teas, guests can enjoy a wide selection of royally good tea sandwiches, scones, popovers, and pastries. Make a reservation at Honey Salt.
Monarch Rooftop Lounge, New York, New York
Starting Friday, May 18th and throughout the Royal Wedding weekend, the Something Blue cocktail will be offered for $16 at Monarch. Developed by executive mixologist and director of events Genese Perez, it features dry vermouth, limoncello, and blue lychee caviar and is topped with a splash of Prosecco. Make a reservation at Monarch Rooftop Lounge.
ETA Restaurant + Bar, Chicago, Illinois
ETA’s assistant food and beverage director Lesley Gehring created his and hers cocktails to fete the almost-newlyweds. They’re called – surprise – the His and Hers. His is made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, and Angostura bitters and is garnished with a Luxardo cherry, and Hers is crafted from New Amsterdam Orange Vodka, Nolet’s gin, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, and simple syrup. Make a reservation at ETA Restaurant + Bar.
Firefly, Washington, D.C.
Tranquility is a blend of British and American cultures reflecting the union of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle. The drink is a hot tea cocktail served in a teapot to symbolize the British tradition of teatime and the American tradition of cocktails. It also features FEW American gin distilled in the U.S. and Pimm’s, a gin-based liqueur distilled in England. Lead bartender Brendan Ambrose appreciates the calm demeanor expected of the Royal Family, even when planning a wedding as high-profile as Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. He likes to believe tea — and gin — help bring them serenity. Make a reservation at Firefly.
NOMO Kitchen, New York, New York
NoMo SoHo released their “Inspiring Women” cocktail menu recently, and, just in time for the Royal Wedding, one of the cocktails is dedicated to none other than Elizabeth Windsor. Better known as Queen Elizabeth II, she ascended to the throne in 1952 and is synonymous with the Royal Family. The cocktail incorporates Hendrick’s Gin, crafted by master distiller Lesley Gracie, and Manzanilla sherry, Cocchi Americano Rosa, and a dash of rhubarb bitters. Make a reservation at NOMO Kitchen.
Area 31, Miami, Florida
They’ve got two cocktails worthy of the monarchy at this Miami hotspot. There’s the Grace Shelby, which evokes Ms. Markle herself as well as a character on Peaky Blinders and is based on a Pimms Cup. And there’s also the Diamond Heart. Inspired by the beautiful engagement ring and modern royal love story, this whiskey cocktail, a refreshing and strong libation, is a liquid representation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s whirlwind romance. It features Jameson Irish Whiskey, fresh pineapple juice, simple syrup, Crème Violette, and Burlesque bitters, all vigorously shaken with ice for 20 seconds, double-strained into a purple teacup and garnished with activated charcoal and micro flowers for a feminine touch. Make a reservation at Area 31.
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Photo credits: Aubrie Pick (Outlier); Julia Majors (Dirty Habit); Matt Taylor-Gross (NOMO); Brendan Ambrose (Firefly); Kelly Smith (The Dandelion); Julie Whilhite (Mattie’s); Benny Hernandez (Area 31).