Whether you’re British or not, you’ve surely heard about the festivities taking place across the pond in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the royal throne. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is in full swing, and though we’re an ocean away, it can’t hurt to keep in step with the fun. Why not wear a fun pair of red, white and blue shoes, like Aruna Seth’s Union Jack wedge (Available for $4,800 at www.arunaseth.com). Designed specifically to commemorate the Queen’s rein-niversary, they’re covered completely in Swarovski crystals and feature the Union Jack British Flag.
If you’re in New York, one of the best places to toast the Queen may be the London Bar at the London Hotel. If you’re it’s been a rough day, you’ll want something with a bit of a kick, like the London Red Carpet ($17). It’s combination of fresh raspberries, vodka, blood orange and lime juices, agave nectar and a bit of Thai chili pepper-infused oil creates a full, complex flavor that’s sweet, but not syrupy, with a hint of spice.
If you’re more in the mood for something light, try the Gilded Lily ($17). Created to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it’s fresh, effervescent and quite fragrant.
Recipe (in case you’d like to toast the Queen at home):
1 oz St. Germain
3 oz Prosecco (or champagne)
2 fresh ripe strawberries
1 small pinch fresh ground Grains of Paradise
Muddle fresh strawberries in mixing glass, add St. Germain and pepper grinds. Shake with ice. After shaking pour champagne into mixing tin, stir to combine, and strain into champagne glass.
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