There will be countless royal wedding viewing parties going on around the world tomorrow.
And it's still not too late to throw together one of your own - and makme it a royal affair -- using suggestions and recipes offered on "The Early Show" Thursday by award-winning mixologist Charlotte Voisey.
To get into the festive spirit -- especially at 5 in the morning on the U.S. East Coast, when the wedding begins, Charlotte says you should use some fun, thematic decorations. For the show, she ordered a lot of fun decorations from an American party supply company AND the Middleton family's website) -- but all you need is a printer.
And -- the must-have bunting that is all around London. She got hers from Brides.com.
FOOD & DRINK
In keeping with the wedding theme, we're serving something old (classic cocktail), something new (new cocktail), something borrowed (twist on a classic) and something blue (blue cupcake!).
Something Old: Classic Cocktail
Created by Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel on Feb 28, 1922 to mark the wedding celebrations of HRH Princess Mary
Source: Savoy Cocktail Book
Cocktail: Princess Mary's Pride
- 2 oz. Calvados or Apple brandy
- 1 oz. Dubonnet
- 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
Shake, serve up
Served With: Toast & Marmalade
Something New: Recipe Created by Charlotte
Cocktail: Royal Balmoral Punch
- 3 parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- 1 part infused simple syrup*
- 2 parts fresh pressed granny smith apple juice
- topped with 2 parts traditional lemonade
Combine ingredients in a punch bowl with one large block of ice
Serve with a ladle into glass tea cups
* To make, combine 1c. English breakfast Tea, brewed strong then mixed while hot with 1c. sugar until a syrup comes together
Garnish with a thistle either in the punch or frozen into the block of ice.
Served With: canapes (various finger foods - appetizers)
Something Borrowed: Recipe modified by Charlotte Voisey
Cocktail: Rosie Lee
- 1-1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
- 1/2 oz rose petal infused simple syrup (Monin)
- 1 oz Lychee fruit juice
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients and shake well
Strain up into a tea cup or cocktail glass
Garnish with a slice of lemon
Served With: tea sandwiches
Something Blue: Navy Blue Drink to match Kate's ring
Cocktail: Blue Diamond
- 1 oz Creme De Violette
- 1/4 oz Bols Blue Curacao
- 1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
- 1 lemon wedge, squeezed and dropped
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, stir with ice
Strain into a flute, top with Champagne
Garnish with edible silver
Served With: "Royal" blue cupcakes, dyed to match Kate's engagement ring