Eat, drink, and be merry with a quintessentially British drink and a sophisticated snack.
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Cue the trumpets! Kensington Palace announced the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first child-a boy!-on Monday, May 6, 2019. They're certainly celebrating the good news across the pond, and that means we should, too. Toast the couple's son, who is now seventh in line to the throne, with a quintessentially British drink and an elegant bite. According to the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and her son, who weighs 7lbs. 3oz., are both healthy and well. If the worldwide enthusiasm for the royal couple's wedding in May 2018 was any indication, we have a feeling everyone will want to celebrate the baby's arrival with just as much pomp. We're sharing two recipes worthy of such an exciting event.

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Pimm's Cup

The go-to drink at polo and cricket matches in England, a Pimm's Cup is made with a most particular gin-based spirit called Pimm's No. 1 that is infused with botanicals and spices. For the Pimm's Cup, it's paired with ginger ale and a veritable fruit salad of cucumber slices, strawberries, lemon, and mint leaves and served in a long, tall glass. Pimm's dates back to 1823 and was initally marketed as a digestive aid. Now, this summer highball drink is a staple at posh social events throughout the British Isles. For an extra celebratory touch, swap out the ginger ale for champagne or prosecco.

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Smoked Salmon Canapés with Tarragon

Pairs well with drinks, and is quick and easy to make but seems fancy, these smoked salmon canapés are just the right finger food for the occasion. Shop for the ingredients ahead and you'll be able to put them together fast now that the royal news has been announced. Layer cream cheese and smoked salmon atop pumpernickel bread (or go with white or whole wheat for a truly British bite), then top with a small sprigs of fresh tarragon and some lemon zest. This recipe serves 24 and you can probably count on guests having three or four each. It's simple to scale down for a smaller gathering-or up for a sizable party that rivals the royal wedding guest list!


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