We can imagine nothing more festive than a Christmas dinner party where an array of delicious cocktails are served. Add the elegance of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and you have an amazing creamy cocktail that is both healthy and delicious.
Although you might think of a boozier option this time of year, a gingerbread gin cocktail or a snowball perhaps, the royal’s go-to drink is tastier than it sounds and why not go for a vegan option to balance out that cheese board and pigs in blankets we will inevitably devour on the big day.
Meghan Markle’s favorite festive tipple is an almond milk spiced cocktail. Her recipe includes unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom, powdered ginger, cloves, dates, and the added festive touch – bourbon. The almond milk gives the drink a silky, super drinkable consistency but also offers a wealth of health benefits. It is an excellent alternative to regular cow’s milk as it helps to lower cholesterol and introduce more antioxidants into the body through vitamin E.
There are additional benefits in the supporting ingredients of this cocktail. Cinnamon has antioxidant and anti-viral properties, can reduce inflammation, helps decrease blood pressure, and promotes healthy blood sugar levels. Meanwhile, cardamom aids digestion and acts as a stimulant to improve circulation, and ginger and dates are famous for aiding gut health.
Duchess Meghan isn’t the only royal concerned with a healthy Christmas plate. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for Princess Diana and her sons, the men and women traditionally eat their breakfasts separately on Christmas Day.
Princess Kate chooses a lighter breakfast of toast, yogurt, or fruit, which improves energy levels and concentration, and prevents her from feeling sluggish. On the other hand, Prince William often enjoys a heavier meal with eggs, grilled kidneys, kippers, and bacon.
The royal family sits down for a traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Day, accompanied by various stuffings, such as sage and onion and chestnut, as well as sides like roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts.
Roast potatoes and parsnips are known to keep you full longer and are a way to increase the intake of fiber and antioxidants. If King Charles has anything to do with it, all the vegetables will be organic, as he has turned the estate into a fully organic affair.
One thing we can be sure of is that the royal family will not be getting drunk on Christmas Day. Former royal butler Grant Harrold confirmed that he had never seen a member of the royal family drunk at family gatherings, even at Christmas. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a tipple in moderation.
The royal family has a preference for Royal Warrant holder brands, such as Laurent-Perrier champagne. These brands, known for their high quality, are sold in the shop at Highgrove House.
The royal family’s Christmas traditions highlight the importance of health and moderation during the festive season. From Meghan’s almond milk spiced cocktail packed with healthy ingredients, to Kate’s lighter breakfast choice for improved energy levels, to the nutritious and traditional Christmas dinner enjoyed by all, the royals prioritize their well-being without compromising on flavor.
So, this Christmas, take a page from the royal family’s book and savor the festivities with healthy and balanced choices, ensuring a guilt-free and enjoyable celebration.