Appetizers
April 26, 2011
Drink up, it's time to toast the royal couple with these cocktails

As "royalmania" ratchets up, the eyes of the world - most of them, anyway - are fixed in anticipation on the Friday nuptials in London of Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton.

Ah, the romance, the drama, the tension, the biggest travel day of the year... We think that deserves a drink. So does www.idrink.com, "the drink-mixing website."

Among its 32,000 drink recipes are more than 20 new additions, what it calls "royal wedding-themed cocktails." Here's a sampler; go to the website for the rest.

Wedding Cake Martini
Ingredients
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Half-teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce vodka
Directions
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain well.

Kir Royale
Ingredients
7 parts champagne
1 part creme de cassis or Framboise
Directions
Fill a glass three-quarters full with champagne. Add a few drops of creme de cassis or Framboise.

Royal Romance
Ingredients
1.5 ounces gin
Half-ounce Grand Marnier
2 dashes grenadine
1 ounce passion fruit syrup
Directions
Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

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