Inner Nigella: Our favourite tea-cup cocktails

There’s something fantastically classy slash naughty about tea-cup cocktails. Especially when paired with a group of your favourite girlies, a tiara or two and perhaps the live telecast of the Royal Wedding (don’t even pretend you’re not going to watch it!).

Here are our favourite regal themed tipples to kick off the festivities, tea-pots not included.

Pimms Original

You don’t get more English than this!

Makes: 1 litre (serves 4)

4 cups ice cubes
1 lemon, cut into thin slices
160ml Pimm’s No. 1
125ml lemonade, chilled
125ml ginger ale, chilled
1/2 Lebanese cucumber, cut into thin strips

1 – Place 1/2 the ice into a 1-litre capacity jug. Add lemon slices. Pour in Pimm’s, followed by lemonade and ginger ale. Stir with a swizzle stick to combine.
2 – Divide remaining ice among four tall glasses. Place a piece of cucumber in each glass then fill with cocktail. Serve.

recipe courtesy of

Kir Royale


dash of Creme de Cassis


In a flute, pour the cassis first, then gently pour the champagne. garnish with a twist of lemon if desered. Serve chilled.

recipe courtesy of

Raspberry Long Island Iced tea

What the Queen will (probably) be drinking

Makes: 1 tall drink (or 1/2 a teapot)


½ shot Vodka
½ shot Rum
½ shot Tequila
½ shot Gin
½ shot Triple sec
3 shots oz Sweet and sour (what’s this? )
½ shot Chambord raspberry liqueur


Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker. Shake 3-4 times. Pour into glass and garnish (optional) with a Lemon wedge.

recipe courtesy of

Got anything special planned for the Royal wedding? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Kate McKibbin (Editor)

Kate McKibbin (Editor)

Before launching in 2007 I worked for a whole bunch of women's glossies both here and in the UK including Shop Til You Drop, New Woman (RIP), (also RIP), Cosmopolitan UK, and I even had a column in FHM (RI... I might be jinxed!). And before all that I was listing shopping as my number one hobby from about the age of five.

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the raspberry long island ice tea sounds yummyyyyy


Pimms is such a classic English drink. I remember sitting in a countryside backyard in England, sipping our Pimms in what little sun there was - there is no better memory! Pimms in Australia is fabulous, but still not the same as in England!

As for the Royal Wedding, I think I will watch the part where I see Kate Middleton's dress and that is it. The rest doesn't sound all that interesting...


mmmmm so elegant darling


Thanks for the recipes - love having these teapot/cup cocktails when I'm away on holidays - but they sure do cost a fait bit! However, the wedding was a great excuse to experiment with flavours when we had girl's night pre-drinks!


is there somewhere i can buy the teacups on a wine stem??? Having a mad hatters tea party and these r peeeerrrffeecccttt!!


Love the wine stemmed tea cups!