Back in they day, Meghan Markle spent her time starring on Suits and running her lifestyle blog, The Tig (RIP). But even before the Duke of Sussex entered her life, Markle had a special affinity for British culture. So much so that all the way back in June of 2014, she shared her own personal Pimm’s cup recipe (The Tig Cup!) and professed a love for “all things Brit.” Looks like her manifestation powers are really powerful.
People recently shared an excerpt from Markle’s summer blog post that offers a glimpse into how the 38-year-old duchess likes to spend her summers.
“Sun kissed afternoons, cocktail in hand, surrounded by nothing but the laughter of your closest mates,” she wrote, using the Britishism for friends. “An Otis Redding playlist, and the whistling breeze of the wind. I’m talking about perfection, people.”
The Duchess of Sussex went on to point out her summer priorities, writing, “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.”
Also high on her list (at least in 2014) was her personal take on the iconic British drink, the Pimm’s cup. “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,” she explained. “Having a love of all things Brit, I wanted to do a twist on their signature Pimm’s Cup.”
There you have it. Meghan Markle has always been an anglophile. Who would have thought?
Check out Meghan’s “Tig Cup” recipe below:
1. Stack a sprinkling of the cucumber/mint/celery/radish/lime into the glass. Fill glass with ice.
2. In a shaker, add a couple ounces of gin and a splash of the maraschino cherry liqueur.
*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
3. Shake the alcohols hard with ice.
4. Back to your glass—pour a two count of tonic and a three count of soda water.
*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.
5. Strain the gin and liqueur mixture into the two glasses, splitting equally. Finish each drink with a twist of the grapefruit over the top.
*This is also a great and easy drink to make as a pitcher for friends