DOTW: Royal Romance

Posted by Anita on 02.15.08 9:31 PM

(c)2008 AEC **all rights reserved**I know Valentine’s Day is officially over, but I’m not quite ready to leave the smooches and sweet-nothings behind quite yet. Like many of our friends, this year we’ve shifted our romantic celebration to the weekend. We’ve learned the hard way that being rushed through an overpriced set menu at a crowded restaurant, or scrambling to make a memorable meal at home on a weeknight, is no great recipe for romance.

Although it’s not quite as bad as going to a bar on New Year’s Eve, trying to find a suitable sip for your sweetheart is perilous at best. I get a headache just thinking about the insipid sea of sickly-sweet Cosmos and cheap Champagne that’s floated out in poor Saint Valentine’s name each year. Bleh.

Even if you already celebrated your amorous occasion last night, you might fancy a taste of Royal Romance this weekend. According to CocktailDB, this faintly exotic drink won first prize in the British Empire Cocktail Competition of 1934. Curious about which particular liaison might have captured the creator’s fancy, I did a little digging.

It turns out that the alliance in question was quite the fashionable one. In September of 1934, England’s Prince George, the Duke of Kent, proposed to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. According to royal-watchers, the bride was “an accomplished linguist and skillful dressmaker … also widely renowned for her style and beauty.” The groom was no slouch, himself. “Cheerful, popular and handsome” Time magazine said of the Duke in reporting his betrothal, tactfully glossing over a social life that would exhaust Bertie Wooster, including a long history of affairs with glittering celebrities, socialites, and entertainers of both genders, and some dabbling in pharmaceutical recreation.

These two glamorous royals made headlines during their brief courtship, and had all London in their thrall in the run-up to the wedding — just the sort of hubbub that leads to the christening of a cocktail. Perhaps the Grand Mariner was a pun on the bride’s name, the gin a nod to Jolly Old England. Add some passion fruit juice for its allusions to ardent love, and grenadine for a bridal blush, and voilá: a cocktail worthy of the crown.

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Royal Romance
1 1/2oz dry gin
3/4oz Grand Marnier
3/4oz passion fruit juice

Shake the gin, Grand Marnier, and juice with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Drop the grenadine from a bar spoon into the bottom of the glass as a garnish.

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Comment by Jennifer Jeffrey

Oh, what a gorgeous martini glass! Romantic indeed.

Sounds to me like Princess Marina would need more than one of these to get through the first few weeks of wedded bliss…

Posted on 02.16.08 at 8:14AM

Comment by Laura

I’m not much of a cocktail girl, but that one looks good!

BTW, I’m giving you the E for Excellent award!

Posted on 02.16.08 at 9:14AM

Comment by Joan

This sounds terrific. My better half is not much of a cocktail person either, but he might just like this since he is fond of Grand Marnier and, having grown up in Hawaii, really loves passion fruit anything. I’ll give it a try because the worst that can happen is that I would have to drink his!
I also wanted to say that I appreciated your poultry love story and its photos.

Posted on 02.16.08 at 4:43PM

Comment by aforkfulofspaghetti

As a fan of both gin and passionfruit (I’ll go with the Grand Marnier on this occasion), I’m going to have to give this one a go…

Posted on 02.18.08 at 8:34AM

Comment by Rick


I was looking through all my regular blogs and came upon this recipe. Immediately I dug out the shaker (ok, that’s a lie, it was on the counter lovingly being used) and dropped in the gin and grand marnier. Then I questioned my knowledge… was it passion fruit juice or syrup? Checking the recipe I confirmed that I was about to ruin the drink with syrup. I searched for the juice and found none!

So I decided to use the base and make up a completely new drink. It actually turned out v-good. I was surprised.

1 1/2oz gin (used Plymouth)
3/4oz grand marnier (used Harlequin)
1/2oz lime juice
1/4oz falernum #8
1 dash Angostura bitters

Posted on 02.18.08 at 7:26PM

Comment by Tartelette

Lovely cocktail! All the flavors are a match made in heaven! Hope you guys had a relaxing V-Day!

Posted on 02.20.08 at 1:40PM

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