How To Celebrate The Royal Wedding

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Vintage Cellars
May 15, 2018
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Be inspired by weddings of the past and try the drinks favoured by the royals; and take note of the British Royal Family’s particularly fascinating history with champagne houses.

Let’s look at the Royal Family’s favourite champagne for special events, in time for the fast approaching royal wedding.

Royal Champagne Houses

Britain’s fondness for champagne dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was the drink of choice for every member of the royal household. Historically no other wine rivals the importance of champagne throughout Europe’s ruling houses, due in part to the prominence of champagne maisons. The makers at these houses utilised the allure and luxury of royalty to their advantage, promoting their goods through their social gatherings and aristocratic associations.

The royal warrant system, which was introduced in the reign of King George IV (1820 to 1830), was an established process which the British Royal Family utilised to stamp their approval on certain labels . It was only when Queen Victoria began issuing royal warrants to champagne makers, that these purveyors were formally recognised – handing out the first approval in 1884 to Bollinger, a longstanding favourite of British royalty since.

The current array of approved champagne houses are Bollinger, GH Mumm & Cie, Krug, Louis Roederer, Laurent-Perrier, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Pol Roger, with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles the three living royals who can individually grant these warrants.

Beverages historically enjoyed by the Royal Family

An easy way to recreate some of the elegance of traditional royal weddings is through tried and tested champagnes that have been served to, and especially loved by, the Royal Family.

Bollinger is probably the champagne house with the strongest ties to the British monarchy. This particular glass of bubbly was served at Prince Charles’, Prince Andrews’ and Queen Elizabeth’s weddings. Although, it’s not just reserved for wedding ceremonies – it was served at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first official royal outing, and William and Kate christened a new lifeboat in North Wales with a bottle of Bollinger, pouring the golden liquid on the bow of the boat. At their wedding, guests were served Pol Roger NV Brut Reserve Champagne (a notable favourite of Winston Churchill’s), which currently has a royal warrant issued by the Queen Elizabeth.

Cocktail like a Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has also been known to enjoy a cocktail.

If you’re looking for some alternative British-themed beverages, we’d also recommend picking up a bottle of Pimm’s to make refreshing Pimm’s Cocktail or a Hendricks Gin – combine it with chilled Earl Grey tea to make a truly English cocktail.

Pimm’s Cocktail

Ingredients:

180mL Pimm’s
Dry Ginger Ale
Lemonade 580mL
Strawberries, cucumbers, orange & mint to serve

Method:

1. Fill a jug with ice then add strawberries, cucumber, orange and mint
2. Add 180mL Pimm’s
3. Top with equal part dry ginger ale and lemonade and stir
4. Garnish with fresh mint and stir

Gin & Tea Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 parts Hendricks Gin
2 parts Earl Grey Tea
Squeeze of lemon juice
Spoonful of sugar
Lime

Method:

1. Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice
2. Stir well
3. Garnish with lime wheels

Whichever way you’d like to celebrate the royal wedding, there is a drink for every choice – and all available at Vintage Cellars.