The Story

The origin of the colour “Royal Blue” can be dated back to the time of the seventeenth and eighteenth Century, where King George III (1760 – 1820) tested clothiers across the country to deliver a shading suitable for utilization by Royalty.

A factory called Scutts Bridge in Rode, where fabric for the imperial attires was at that point being made, created the triumphant colour for the King so as to the shade which was judged George himself. It was an extremely rich blue, which got to be known as ‘The Royal Blue’.

The triumphant shading was chosen for a robe for Queen Charlotte and King William IV (1830 – 1837) gave an authentication approving its deal by that name.

Queen Charlotte, in Royal Blue

 Royal Blue is also a favourite of modern nobility including Princess Kate.

Princess Kate in Royal Blue


This gem of a cocktail has a hint of citrus flavor, while also providing a jewel-inspired color tone. It’s a cousin of the Cosmopolitan but with deeper colour, flavour and that oh-so delightful sugary rim.

It comes from the kitchen of Betty Crocker herself, so it must be the real thing. 

The Recipe

What you need

Lime wedge
Coarse sugar or granulated sugar
Ice cubes
1/4 cup WHITE cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons (1 oz) citron vodka or vodka
2 tablespoons (1 oz) blue curacao
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

What you do 

Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lime wedge. 

Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly.

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao and lime juice; cover and shake. 

Strain into martini glass.

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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