- Food and Cooking
A cocktail recipe worthy of a Sealand aristocrat!
Recently, it was announced that the Princess of Sealand, Europe's smallest principality, had died. Having traveled to many obscure places, I was curious that I had never heard of this country. I read about it and was fascinated by its history! Formed from an abandoned, illegal British fortress created during WWII, the "principality" was claimed by Roy Bates, a former British military officer turned pirate radio magnate.
Though the UK tried to take the fortress and tried Bates in court, it was found that they do not have jurisdiction in international waters. Bates' wife Princess Joan was the one who just died.
Though Sealand was independent financially and in all other respects, they suffered a terrible fire about 10 years ago. The current head of state, Prince Michael, is allowing people -- for a certain fee -- to obtain various titles of nobility, in support and solidarity of Sealand.
Because I love freedom, independence and independent radio, I have obtained my own noble title of Sealand. In celebration, I felt a toast was needed! But what to drink?
My late father -- whom many called "a prince" for his dignity under extreme circumstances and generosity to others -- used to make a cocktail with a secret recipe. Towards the end of his life, I finally got him to divulge how he made it. As serendipity would have it, he made this drink with ingredients that do pay homage to a British beginning! It's great as a breakfast cocktail or for sitting in the hot sun.
Though fresh ingredients are always best, in sympathy to the remote Sealand residents, you can substitute dehydrated citrus fruit juice, such as those made by the True Lemon company. Whether or not you live on a platform in the North Sea, you never know when you won't be able to get fresh fruit. Sometimes, weather destroys crops in Florida and California. Fruit is seasonal. Sometimes, despite your best grocery list, you forget one thing or another! Just follow the directions on the box for the correct proportions.
Ingredients for 1 tall drink
- Freshly squeezed juice from 3 oranges or 4 tangerines (such as sweet Golden Nugget variety)
- Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lime (reminiscent British naval "limeys")
- Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 grapefruit
- Egg white from 1 egg
- 1 Tbs. honey
- 1 jigger artisan rum, such as the Bahamas' John Watling's (homage to indie colonies)
- 12 grates of nutmeg or 1 pinch of powdered nutmeg
My dad used a blender, but I like the control of a stick blender.
Whip/blend egg white until completely frothy.
Add honey, blend.
Add juices and rum, blend.
Top with nutmeg in a chilled glass. Can wipe rim with the inside of a grapefruit rind if feeling "fancy".