A Crystal Insider’s Recipe for a Smooth Drink Fit for a King
What the prince wants, the prince gets, even if he has to make it happen himself. So the story goes behind the cocktail named for its purported creator, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales. At the end of the 19th century, the prince had been the heir apparent to his mother, Queen Victoria’s, throne for a very, very long time (she was, after all, Britain’s longest serving monarch until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed the milestone in 2015.) Prior to ascending the throne as King Edward VII, Bertie – as his family called him – was known as a popular royal with a penchant for parties and other social indulgences, as well as a creative side.
As the mixed drinks of different liquors began to gain steam across Britain and into Europe in the mid-1800’s, Bertie embraced the trend and concocted a mixture of his favorite ingredients, predictably dubbed the Prince of Wales. The recipe calls for a splash of champagne with the deep flavors of rye whiskey, bitters, Maraschino liqueur and simple syrup. The bubbly addition not only gives the drink a celebratory and refreshing twist, it also reflects the historical context of the era. Champagne had made the leap from the vineyards and producers in France to become more widely available in Europe and England two hundred years earlier and by Bertie’s time, flowed freely among nobility.
This week’s featured recipe comes from the personal bar of Günter Lorenz, Crystal’s director of culinary operations, as we transport ourselves to the castles and hillsides of Wales and raise a glass (or chalice) to creative concoctions fit for royalty. Cheers!
Günter Lorenz’s Prince of Wales Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. (4.5 cl) Rye whiskey of choice
1 oz. (3 cl) Champagne
1 dash Angostura bitter
1/4 tsp (0.125 cl) Maraschino liqueur
1 tsp (0.5 cl) sugar (or simple syrup)
1 small piece pineapple
Muddle the pineapple in a cocktail shaker and add all other ingredients except the champagne. Shake well and pour into a chilled glass. Splash the champagne on top and enjoy.
Crystal Cruises sails the British Isles with calls to Wales in 2021 and 2023. Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience program brings several elements of the renowned Crystal Experience directly to guests, wherever in the world they are.