The Coronation of King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6th May at Westminster Abbey. It is a momentous occasion, with the whole world watching.
Aside from watching the historic moment on television, there are many ways you can celebrate this new era. After the coronation, you can celebrate with friends, family, neighbours and the whole community and have an old-fashioned street party with lots of food, fun, laughs and gin cocktails!
The Royal History of Cocktails
The Queen Mother was known for her love for a tipple or two and passed this down to her daughter Queen Elizabeth II who indulged in a classic Dubonnet cocktail.
Queen Elizabeth II granted a Royal Warrant to Angostura in 1955. Royal Warrants are covetable things and their worth is undeniable and invaluable to those who hold them and have the royal stamp of approval.
Angostura is a staple when it comes to cocktails because there is nothing less regal than an inadequately mixed Gin cocktail.
The Perfect Coronation Cocktails
The King’s coronation is a time to celebrate and have fun, raising a gin cocktail to welcome the Carolean era and the start of a new royal reign. Our coronation gin is fit for a king, so why not enjoy a tipple or two and see which cocktail below is your favourite?
Here are our top three coronation cocktails for you to try:
1. The Dubonnet Cocktail
This cocktail has been passed down from the Queen Mother to the late Queen Elizabeth II, so what better way to bow your head to the past as you raise your glass to the future than with this beloved cocktail?
You will need:
- 40ml Dubonnet
- 40ml Coronation Gin
- Twist of orange peel or a slice of lemon, to garnish
How to make the gin cocktail:
Mix the ingredients and serve over ice, garnishing with a twist of orange or a slice of lemon.
2. The French 75 Cocktail
What better cocktail is there than one that combines gin and champagne? The French 75 is a classic gin cocktail with the zest of lemon and will be great to celebrate the King’s coronation with.
You will need:
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar syrup
- 50ml Coronation Gin
- lemon zest
In your cocktail shaker add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin and fill with ice. Then shake till it is well blended and strain into a champagne flute. To finish off top with a little champagne. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
3. Juniper and Tonic Mocktail
Not all celebrations require alcohol, this mocktail has the wonderful taste of juniper berries that are fragrant in gin.
To start with you will need to make your juniper syrup, this can be done ahead of time so when it comes to enjoying your mocktail it is ready and waiting for you.
(Juniper syrup) You will need:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp. dried juniper berries
- 1 strip orange peel
- 1 cardamom pod
- 1 small bay leaf
How to make juniper syrup:
In a saucepan mix the juniper berries, sugar, and water. Once they are combined, add in the rest of the ingredients and bring them to a simmer.
Once you have reduced the heat, cover it with a lid and leave it to simmer for 15 minutes. Allow this to cool in a container for a few hours and strain to get your juniper syrup.
You will need:
- 1 oz. juniper syrup
- 1/2 oz. lime juice
- 5 oz. tonic water
Fill your glass with ice and pour in the juniper syrup and lime juice, top with tonic water. Then garnish with a slice of lime and juniper berries.
If a mocktail is what you are looking for, then we also have our Juniper Juice, which is non-alcoholic. The botanicals in this tipple are perfectly balanced, giving them a complex yet refreshing taste. With strong notes of juniper and citrus, our Juniper juice makes for the ideal to any drinks cabinet. Not to mention, it has no artificial flavourings and no added sugars, yet it houses all the wonderful aromas and tastes of our classic, no-nonsense, London Dry Gin – Gin No.2
To serve, we recommend adding one part juniper juice with two/three mixer such as Indian tonic water or soda water and garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit for a long refreshing soft drink.