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Sample the official drinks of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend

June 02, 2012 09:15 AM

Looking to raise a glass to Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee?

Mixologists Nick Strangeway and Dre Masso from London’s Beefeater Distillery have developed recipes for the official cocktails of the celebration, which begins on Sunday.

Festivities on the first day include the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant that night, which will feature a flotilla of 1,000 boats gathered on the Thames River to celebrate the queen.

Though the official celebration takes place this weekend, preparations for the Diamond Jubilee have been underway for months, with Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge making appearances worldwide as representatives for their grandmother.

Follow the recipes below to sip along with the Royals on their celebratory weekend.

Dre Masso’s Royal Jamboree Punch

1¼ cup Beefeater London Dry Gin
5 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
5 tablespoons Lemon Juice
Not quite ½ cup Dubonnet
1¼ cup Red Grape Juice

Glass: Highball glasses, punch to be served in a punch bowl or large jug

Garnish: Lemon wheels, fresh strawberries sliced in half and sliced red grapes

Method: Pour all ingredients except lemonade into a punch bowl or jug and stir well, making sure the jam is mixed thoroughly. Add ice and garnish. Top with lemonade.

Nick Strangeway’s Jubilee Punch

Nick Strangeway's Jubilee Punch
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2 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
1 part Dubonnet
1 part Hawkers Sloe Gin
½ part Grants Morella Cherry Liqueur
½ part Jo Hilditch British Cassis
½ part Jo Hilditch British Framboise
A splash of Kings Ginger Liqueur
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 part Lemon Juice
4 parts Earl Grey Tea (chilled)
4 parts Mumm champagne

Glass: Punch glasses or highball glasses. Punch to be served from a punch bowl or large jug

Garnish: Fresh seasonal berries and currants, lemon wheels and borage flowers

Method: Build the ingredients in a punch bowl or jug and top with ice.

Beefeater Garden Party Punch

Beefeater Garden Party Punch
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3 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
3 parts Sparkling English Wine
2 parts Good Quality Pressed Pear or Apple Juice
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 part Elderflower Cordial
½ part Sugar Syrup

Glass: Highball glasses, punch to be served in a punch bowl or large jug

Garnish: Pear and apple slices

Method: Stir all ingredients with a large ice block and serve.

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