Happy summer! It’s hard to believe that the year has flown by and we are now officially in the season of warm nights, cool drinks and fabulous sundresses. We have long known that Meghan Markle has been a fan of the season, often sharing photos of herself with friends around a patio or outdoors with her dogs – and as a California girl, it’s hard to believe she wouldn’t love the heat! But how does Meghan cool down? She shared back in 2014 on the Tig that she often found herself with a glass of wine, but that some days just called for a cocktail.
With the Tig having shut down, we were saddened that several years of archives – including amazing tips from Meghan herself on her fashion & beauty choices – would be lost to the depths of the internet. We were able to track down the archives and today we’re sharing them with you in today’s instalment of the Meghan’s Mirror Tig Throwback Thursdays series.
Now how do we know that Meghan Markle loves the summer months?Here is what she had to say:
Sun kissed afternoons, cocktail in hand, surrounded by nothing but the laughter of your closest mates, an Otis Redding playlist, and the whistling breeze of the wind. I’m talking about perfection, people. The perfection that comes with summertime. Picnics and barbecues, laying out by the pool with friends, and toasting to the season are high on my list. And while I generally opt to whet my whistle with a glass of rosé or crisp Sauvignon Blanc, sometimes the day calls for a cocktail. Cue The TIG Cup. Having a love of all things Brit, I wanted to do a twist on their signature Pimm’s Cup. Using cues from the season, with fresh and vibrant farmers’ market ingredients, this drink will whet your whistle and keep you cool during those long summer days turned nights. This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and a nod to the fresh picked flavors of the season. Cheers!
Anyone else notice the foreshadowing nod to her “love of all things Brit”? Here are the key ingredients to Meghan’s take on a delightfully British Summer drink.
Here are Meghan’s instructions for the perfect blend:
Basically, you build your glass with seasonal farmers market ingredients to create a fresh and herbaceous nod to summer. Any or all of the above listed ingredients are great, but the key pieces are citrus and herbs. If you don’t have grapefruit, lemon works. No radish, no problem.
- Stack a sprinkling of the cucumber/mint/celery/radish/lime into the glass. Fill glass with ice.
- In a shaker, add a couple ounces of gin and a splash of the maraschino cherry liqueur.
Meghan says: Don’t be scared on the name of the latter – I personally loathe syrupy sweet drinks but this has just enough of a subtle sweetness that it really acts as more of a back note in the drink. Plus the maraschino cherry of it all reminds me of drinking Shirley temples as a little girl. My, have we grown up.
- Shake the alcohols hard with ice.
- Back to your glass – pour a two count of tonic and a three count of soda water.
Meghan says: I don’t gravitate to the taste of tonic so I always go heavier on the soda, but feel free to reverse the measurements of these two, or play around with it to taste.
- Strain the gin and liqueur mixture into the two glasses, splitting equally. Finish each drink with a twist of the grapefruit over the top.
Meghan says: This is also a great and easy drink to make as a pitcher for friends
Cheers to a happy summer to all our fabulous readers!
Love this blog but am wondering about it’s accuracy when it comes to dates. First the Invictus Games were nearly 2 years ago and now today (July 5th) is the first day of summer? Perhaps this is a delayed post? Sorry to be nit picky ?.
Hi Lisa! Thanks for the feedback. You’re correct – this post was originally scheduled for the first day of summer but was delayed as we moved some of our Editorial Calendar around to accommodate some of Meghan’s events. We continue to work to improve the blog and will take your feedback into account as we do so. Have a great day!
You guys are doing a good job and are very open to feedback, which is wonderful. Thank you!
Anyone else annoyed by the misuse of the word “whet”? It’s “wet.” As in, damp. From the drink.
Hi W! Thanks for the feedback. We used the words directly from the Tig, and Meghan herself, so will leave it with her interpretation… But very much appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a great day!
Anyone else annoyed by the misuse of “whet”? It’s wet. As in damp. From the drink.
Actually, hers (Meghan’s) IS the correct use of “whet” –the expression does not mean to dampen, it means to excite or stimulate.
A Pimm’s Cup is LITERALLY Pimm’s and lemonade (which in Britain is 7-Up or Sprite) and some cucumber and strawberries (or whatever you have on hand). This is just extra for the sake of being extra.
A Pimm’s Cup is my favourite drink ever, there’s no need to “to a twist” on it. It’s easy enough to make as it is.