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Kate Middleton and Prince William

In this week’s installment of the Brides Checklist, Brides Magazine deputy editor Sally Kilbridge provides some recipes for royal refreshments on Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s big day…

Now that the wedding pressure must be getting to them, it’s time for Will and Kate to knock back and have a drink. And while they’re at it, they can discuss whether they’ll serve a signature cocktail at the reception. Two smart reasons to treat your guests to a custom tipple: it’s a fun way to inject some personality into the wedding, and it can save major cash, since you may be able to cut back on other liquor (and we all know the Queen is serious about keeping the costs down). There’s no rule about how to concoct one of these drinks. A couple can incorporate a favorite fruit into the mix, use an ingredient from a place they’ve visited together, or just slap a whimsical name on a recipe they already love.

Here are a few ideas for Will and Kate to consider:

The Windsortini: A blend of gin (the palace’s go-to hooch), vermouth, and a splash of passion-fruit juice.

Mt. Kenya Sunrise: A liquid ode to their engagement combining Tusker Lager (brewed in Nairobi) with a squirt of lemon juice.

St. Andrewpolitan: Scotch replaces vodka in this classic cranberry sip, in honor of their university days.

The Middlerita: A shot of Kate’s fave, Jack Daniels, mixed with triple sec and limeade.

The Welsh Swizzle: Hard cider (Will’s pubby pleasure) topped with champagne.

And for anyone whose thirst tends toward the epic, we suggest starting the next day with an Heir of the Dog: Gatorade, straight up.

For more Brides coverage of the royal wedding, click here.

See last week’s checklist: William and Kate’s seating plan.

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By sallykilbridge