I’ve let my cocktail recipe column languish for way too long — and what better reason to re-launch it than the birth of PRINCE GEORGE?! (And I say that without an ounce of sarcasm. For once. I know it’s cooler to act indifferent and Tweet jokes like, “Rich people have babies every day. Where is THEIR parade?!” but the fact is, I have an unabashed crush on Kate and William. Her hair — so shiny! His — quickly receding, but he makes endearing jokes about it! Prince George — so princely and snuggly!) I love me some young, relatively down-to-earth royals and we all know I love me some end-of-the week libations, so it only makes sense I would celebrate tonight with a ROYAL BABY COCKTAIL!
Of course, I am not the only one who thought a royal baby cocktail was in order. But all of the recipes I scanned suggested rather bitter liqueurs — which seems more appropriate for, say, the Queen on the anniversary of Harry’s Vegas photos leaking — and, given Kate, William and George have injected a breath of fresh air into that otherwise stodgy palace, I thought a fresh and sweet cocktail would be a better choice. So I present to you…
Strawberry Basil Margarita (hereafter known as the PRINCE GEORGE-ARITA)
What you’ll need to scoop up:
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
- About 10 strawberries
- 8 basil leaves
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver… we don’t discriminate)
- A jewel-encrusted crown. A velvet cape also recommended.
How to make the liquid goodness:
- Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila.
- Cut the strawberries and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink; also, it’s just fun) and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, for at least four hours.
- And when you start to moan, “FOUR hours? That is WAY too long to wait!” just remember: Kate endured NATURAL childbirth for more than 12 hours. And all she got was a baby at the end of it, while you will be rewarded with DELICIOUS ALCOHOL!
- When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas should be a lovely pale pink color — just like the color of George’s chubby cheeks. (Too creepy? Yeah, agreed, strike that.)
Before you indulge, don your crown and/or velvet robe, sit down on your throne (wherever that may be… we don’t judge around here) and…
…Toast to Prince George Alexander Louis! I plan to do so in my best British accent, which usually makes me sound Jamaican.