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Because What is a Royal Birth Without a Royal Baby Cocktail?

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Because What is a Royal Birth Without a Royal Baby Cocktail?

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I’ve let my cocktail recipe column languish for way too long — and what better reason to re-launch it than the birth of PRINCE GEORGE?!  (And I say that without an ounce of sarcasm.  For once.  I know it’s cooler to act indifferent and Tweet jokes like, “Rich people have babies every day.  Where is THEIR parade?!” but the fact is, I have an unabashed crush on Kate and William.  Her hair — so shiny!  His — quickly receding, but he makes endearing jokes about it!  Prince George — so princely and snuggly!)  I love me some young, relatively down-to-earth royals and we all know I love me some end-of-the week libations, so it only makes sense I would celebrate tonight with a ROYAL BABY COCKTAIL!

Of course, I am not the only one who thought a royal baby cocktail was in order.  But all of the recipes I scanned suggested rather bitter liqueurs — which seems more appropriate for, say, the Queen on the anniversary of Harry’s Vegas photos leaking — and, given Kate, William and George have injected a breath of fresh air into that otherwise stodgy palace, I thought a fresh and sweet cocktail would be a better choice.  So I present to you…

Strawberry Basil Margarita (hereafter known as the PRINCE GEORGE-ARITA)

What you’ll need to scoop up:

  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
  • About 10 strawberries
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver… we don’t discriminate)
  • A jewel-encrusted crown.  A velvet cape also recommended.

How to make the liquid goodness:

  • Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila.
  • Cut the strawberries and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink; also, it’s just fun) and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, for at least four hours.
  • And when you start to moan, “FOUR hours?  That is WAY too long to wait!” just remember:  Kate endured NATURAL childbirth for more than 12 hours.  And all she got was a baby at the end of it, while you will be rewarded with DELICIOUS ALCOHOL!
  • When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas should be a lovely pale pink color — just like the color of George’s chubby cheeks.  (Too creepy?  Yeah, agreed, strike that.)

Before you indulge, don your crown and/or velvet robe, sit down on your throne (wherever that may be… we don’t judge around here) and…

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…Toast to Prince George Alexander Louis!  I plan to do so in my best British accent, which usually makes me sound Jamaican.

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Ya, mahn!

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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