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August 4, 2013 / mintcustard

A right Royal cuppa – wetting Prince George’s head in style.

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I have already told you we had a barbecue this weekend. A great relaxed way to catch up with friends, sit back and enjoy the garden before the builders turn up on Monday to start on the conservatory! Usually we offer guests a glass of something cold when they arrive, show them where the fridge is and let them get on with it. Sometimes I’ll make a jugs of Pimms but this time I’d been sent all the ingredients for a Royal Tea Cup by Monkey at PG Tips.

Monkey, Brand Ambassador for PG tips said of the birth: “I’m so excited about the new baby, I’m having to calm my nerves each day with a relaxing brew. I hope the Queen will be chuffed with this celebration cocktail; I’ll definitely be enjoying a ‘royal-tea cup’ or two now the Baby Windsor is born.”

It would have been rude, not to say suicidal, to have kept this Royal Tea Cup just to ourselves.

Working with Rebecca Seal, drinks expert from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, the Fruit Cup style cocktail takes inspiration straight from the royal wedding day to combine details from the pair’s nuptials with quintessentially English ingredients, resulting in a rich and refreshing PG tipple packed full of Britishness and served in dainty tea cups. (or mugs as in our case, we don’t do much that is dainty in our house).

 

Not quite the tea cups suggested but...

Not quite the tea cups suggested but…

 

By way of an aside, what Royal memorabilia clutters up your house? Have you ever used it? Will you be buying any more to celebrate the birth of Prince George?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients in a PG tips ‘royal-tea cup’ include:

–          Strawberries – as a major crop in Cambridgeshire, these summery English berries are perfect to include as part of a royal celebration

–          Rose petals – two new rose bushes were named after the happy couple and planted in the grounds of Windsor Castle and sugar roses were used to decorate their eight-tier wedding cake

–          Sparkling wine – English sparkling wine was served to guests at the bride and groom’s wedding breakfast

–          PG tips The Rich One – like red wine, all tea contains tannins, which gives drinks a wonderfully rich flavour.  We’ve used PG tips The Rich One for its full-bodied taste

–          Gin – a quintessentially British ingredient and, according to Rebecca Seal, the botanicals used to make gin (like juniper) perfectly complement the flavours in tea

–          Cucumber – from a dainty finger sandwich at traditional afternoon tea

–          Apple juice –  from the fruit trees of the great British orchards

–          Elderflower – from the hedgerows that line England’s green and pleasant land

–          Mint – from English country gardens

The following recipe makes 10-12 teacups or 6-8 longer drinks – as I served ours in a combination of Martini glasses and various royal event commemorative mugs I made double to be on the safe side.

 

 

royal tea cup

Ingredients:

  • 6 British strawberries with the core removed
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves, ripped
  • 100ml freshly boiled water
  • 1 PG tips The Rich One teabag
  • 75g sugar
  • 50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons)
  • ½ an unwaxed lemon’s rind, peeled and chopped
  • 15ml elderflower cordial
  • 100ml English apple juice
  • 200-400ml gin
  • 350ml soda water or sparkling water
  • 350ml English sparkling wine (or cava)

For non-alcoholic punch:

Omit the gin and sparkling wine and use 150ml apple juice and 550ml soda water instead

Garnish:

  • Lots of fresh ice in big chunks
  • Slices of cucumber skin
  • Rose petals
  • Slices of strawberries

Method:

Step 1: In a pestle and mortar, roughly crush the strawberries and mint leaves together

Step 2: Mix the crushed mint and strawberries with the hot water, PG tips The Rich One teabag, sugar, lemon juice and rind then stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Leave to stand for 8-10 minutes, then strain, reserving the syrup

Step 3: In a large bowl or jug, mix the syrup with the elderflower, apple juice and gin to taste. (The mix can be chilled for a few hours at this point until ready to serve.)

Step 4: When ready to serve, add large blocks of ice, the soda water and sparkling wine. Stir gently to combine

Step 5: To serve, line teacups with a sliver of cucumber skin, shaved using a potato peeler, then fill the cup with fresh ice. Serve using a ladle

Step 6: Garnish with a red rose petal and a slice of strawberry in the shape of a heart

 

A ‘royal-tea cup’ cocktail can be made either with or without alcohol and is perfect for a sunny garden party, to have with afternoon tea or as an aperitif before a barbecue.

Drink responsibly – visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for more

This is a very refreshing summer cup. I do love a cup of tea and you can taste it subtley in this drink. As a fan of Pimm’s the fact that this cup isn’t a really sweet beverage is not a bad thing. I suppose if I wanted sweetness I could use lemonade in place of the club soda. Opening the cava when our guests arrived made the whole process of offering that first drink a little more theatrical. There are very few sounds I’d rather hear as I walk into someone’s garden  than a bottle of something fizzy being opened.

Good luck Prince George, here’s to a happy and healthy life for you and a decent nights sleep occasionally for your parents.

 These products were provided free of charge for review purposes.  The opinions however are all mine.

 

 

 

 

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