I’m not sure what it is, but I have been OBSESSED with the Royal Wedding this time around. I remember watching the coverage of Will & Kate’s nuptials and being happy for them, but for some reason, Meghan & Harry really capture my attention. Maybe it’s because Meghan seems a little more accessible – she had a blog and a hit TV show, and she’s American, hello! – or maybe it’s because Prince Harry was always the badboy royal that everyone (I knew at least) wished they were dating him. Either way, I am head over heels for this couple, and I will definitely be waking up with the sun the morning of May 19th to absorb every little bit of Royal Wedding I can possibly get.
Later last month, when they announced the bakery that would be making their wedding cake, I knew immediately I had to find recipes to create my own so it would feel as if I was there in England, celebrating with champagne and elderflower lemon cake.
And who would I be if I didn’t create a cocktail recipe? I knew excactly what I’d make the moment I heard the cake’s flavor profile:
Meghan & Harry’s Elderflower and Lemon British 75
One of my favorite libations is a French 75 (or soixante quinze) a champagne cocktail with a twist of lemon and a splash of gin or vodka. This combo is perfect for a royal celebration. Add a little Elderflower and it screams Meghan and Harry!
All you need is:
Champagne for tradition (I used Prosecco)
Gin for English spirit (I used Bombay Sapphire)
Elderflower for the fresh spring vibes (I used St. Germain)
a little bit of simple syrup, and lemon for flavor!
In a shaker full of ice, combine 1oz gin, 1oz elderflower liqueur, a dash of simple syrup, and the juice of half a lemon.
Then, shake and pour into a glass – my favorites are these vintage inspired coupes by Libbey!
Top with Prosecco, and garnish with a lemon slice or a wildflower.
Serve and enjoy!
This cocktail is fresh, sweet, and perfect for spring. If that’s not enough, you can find a recipe for their cake over on Meghan’s Mirror, a blog with all the Meghan and Harry details that I’ve been checking daily.
If you try this drink, I’d love to know your thoughts!
Laura Jones says
this sounds and looks great! xx