The world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market now that Prince Harry announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. Now restaurants in Las Vegas toast the happy couple, who plan to get married in May. Here, three ways to get in on the royal wedding hooplah through cocktails.
Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay pours a Gin+Gin Royale, a cheeky riff on a new classic from the Pegu Club in New York, the Gin Gin Mule. The cocktail marries equal parts Junipero gin from California, and Bombay Sapphire from England. The ginger plays well with the spicy gins, and a bouquet of mint joins everyone in holy union.
Picasso, the French- and Spanish-influenced restaurant at the Bellagio, serves A Royal Soirée, which pays tribute to the wedding tradition of wearing something old and something new. Prince Harry gave Markle an engagement ring with diamonds that were Princess Diana’s and a new diamond as well. “A Royal Soirée” played off that theme by using Hangar Mandarin Blossom Vodka for “new” (also from California, Markle’s birthplace), and infusing it with English Breakfast Tea, an ode to England. For the “old” part of the recipe, Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary Edition, which contains some of their finest aged cognacs. And what better way to celebrate an occasion than with champagne — the cocktail is topped with Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne.
Finally, Bardot Brasserie at Aria has the New Royale, a nod to the classic cocktail Kir Royale with a blend of classic English gin with a modern hibiscus liqueur from Los Angeles. The yellow gold rim represents the stunning ring designed by Prince Harry for his proposal to Markle.