This year marks a joyous and rather historic occasion. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. This means she has been on the throne for 70 years, and the occasion will be marked with a series of celebrations.
Bars and restaurants around the world are getting into the spirit of things and creating epic cocktails inspired by this momentous moment.
Kudos to you, Your Majesty!
At the beloved Scarfes Bar in Rosewood London, a tribute to the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. Gan-Gan is served straight up, with an ethereal edible cloud floating above. Based on its infamous favorite, but boosted with clever ingredients, Scarfes Bar’s very own Copperhead Gin is paired with chocolate-infused Dubonnet and house-made cassis and vetiver cordial. Deep red and velvety, this accessible aperitif is comparable to a fruity martini with a bright and sweet aftertaste. Gan-Gan, inspired by the name the Queen’s great-grandchildren know him, invites everyone to raise a glass and drink like royalty.
Earl Gray Sour and Dubbonet
The Langham, London, has plenty of celebrations in store for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. Many cocktails are also planned. Among them, from Palm Court to Langham, London, is The Earl Gray Sour, which is inspired by the Queen’s favorite tea blend and is made with Bombay Sapphire, Italicus, Earl Grey, lemon and of lavender. The same location also offers The Dubbonet, which combines Sipsmith gin, Dubbonet Red and Lemon, inspired by the Queen’s favorite cocktail.
At all Bar Louie locations, this cocktail is made with Ketel One vodka, Disaronno Velvet, coffee and cocoa powder. “Second Wind is our take on the classic espresso martini, which was actually invented by famed British mixologist Dick Bradsell in the 1980s. The Ketel One provides a strong spine, the Disaronno Velvet adds silky richness, and the coffee rounds it all out to combine for a smooth, subtly sweet pick-me-up,” said chef Steve Madonna, senior vice president of cuisine at Bar Louie.
At Apothecary in Dallas, this cocktail features Ford’s Milk Wash Gin, Earl Grey, Avèze, Dry Curaçao, Vanilla Orange Honey and an Orange Zest Cookie. “The London Fog is a cocktail inspired by the tea house version of a London Fog; an Earl Gray latte. Rather than frothing hot milk, we instead wash the cocktail with milk and clarify it. The cocktail served chilled is then clear even if it has the flavor and texture of a latte. The honey brings it together, but perhaps my favorite part is the citrus zest cookie that we serve just for fun,” said Tanner Agar, Creative Director of Appthecary.
Brown’s Hotel in London invites guests to toast Her Majesty with a very special Platinum Jubilee cocktail – the Jubilee Gintini. Served at the hotel’s sophisticated Donovan Bar, their team of mixologists have created the perfect balance of gin, bitters and rosé champagne that culminates in the floral bloom of a single rose petal and topped off with a spritz of Platinum 22 by Floris (a perfume created especially for the Jubilee).
An elegant blend of vodka, Domaine De Canton, lime and bubbles. Jereme Pozin, Food and Beverage Manager of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, says, “An upgraded version of the traditional mule, this cocktail uses ginger liqueur instead of beer and champagne for the effervescence, creating a festive and refreshing way to toast the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. ”
The Purple Reign
At The Dorchester London, a highlight of the cocktail menu will be the Purple Reign, inspired by the four countries of the UK that the Queen ruled and created by the award-winning team at The Bar at The Dorchester.
“Created by our talented team here at the Bar in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Purple Reign cocktail is a celebration of all things royal. Northern Irish and Scotch whiskies, English raspberry liqueur and Welsh pears unite to represent the four nations of the United Kingdom under the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Served in a purple martini glass to represent the official purple emblem of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this special cocktail is also decorated in the colors of the Union Jack, making it the perfect celebratory drink for the occasion.” , said Lucia Montanelli, head bartender.
At Dear Irving in New York, Meaghan Dorman’s Eventide cocktail is an effervescent blend of tangy grapefruit juice, barley, subtly sweet Pomp & Whimsy gin liqueur and floral Salcombe Rosé Sainte Marie gin shaken over fresh ice and filtered through a coupé before being topped with a dry, festive sparkling rosé (Dorman prefers Raventos Brut Rosé Cava) and garnished with an edible pansy. “Flowers for Her Majesty and party bubbles all rolled into one. Crunchy with hints of jasmine and citrus. It’s perfect for kicking off a long Jubilee weekend,” said Meaghan Dorman.
At the Franklin Social in Jersey City, a truly royal cocktail created by Aubrey Slater, Saint Luna’s head mixologist. The Primrose of Windsor offers flavors of vanilla, strawberry and clove. We’re celebrating Platinum Jubilee and toasting Her Majesty by pairing two of Her favorite flavors: Dubonnet and fresh spring strawberries. Presented at the Franklin Social in Jersey City, Taylor Duggan of Skopos Hospitality says, “This cocktail is a light and bright libation that is truly fit for a queen.