Prince of Wales

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Cocktail History

The Prince of Wales is a classic cocktail that is said to have been created by Edward VII, King of England from 1901-1910. It was first published in a tell-all book about the prince himself in which this drink, traditionally made with rye, sparkling wine, pineapple, sugar, cherry liqueur, and bitters, was listed as one of his favorites.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rye: This is one of the base spirits. It’s a type of whiskey made from at least 51% rye grain. We used Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey because it has a nice spiced flavor with notes of vanilla, pepper, and herbs. For a mocktail version of this drink, try The Gospel Responsible Rye Non-Alcoholic Whiskey in place of the whiskey.

Sparkling Wine: This is the other base spirit. It’s poured on top at the end to add sparkling wine flavor and effervescence. We went with Villa Bellezza Winery’s Brillante because it was our wedding wine and we love its light and airy taste.

Pineapple Juice: This adds sweet and fruity pineapple flavor. We prefer fresh pineapple juice, but you can substitute canned juice if that’s easier than juicing an entire pineapple.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a cherry-flavored liqueur. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Lemon Peel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh lemon aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Prince of Wales features sweet aromas of pineapple, rye spice, and lemon zest, and it has an off-dry taste with slightly sweet flavors that are mostly overshadowed by the rye whiskey but are still noticeable and a spiciness from both the whiskey and bitters. The drink then finishes with the same dry but flavorful characteristic, accented with bubbles that bring the flavors up to the nose a bit more.

(Updated in 2022) Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought this drink was very interesting because it features sparkling wine paired with a hodgepodge of flavors. We expected it to be sweet and fruity because of the pineapple, but it’s actually quite dry, not so much that Kendall, who usually prefers a sweeter drinks, wouldn’t make it again though. All in all, it’s a fine bubbly beverage filled with a mix of unexpected flavors.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“We tried this cocktail once in 2020 and two years later, I now have a new appreciation for what it offers. While I don’t remember disliking it for any reason, I don’t remember it standing out to me either; this time, however, I was able saw it as a true departure from the standard sparkling wine cocktail. While most that feature bubbly have a sweet but citrusy characteristic, this one omits citrus altogether and goes full force with dark, spicy rye instead of sweetness. The latter is there in the form of pineapple, cherry, and sugar, but all they bring is flavor rather than actual balance, although that’s not a bad thing. The balance is brought on by the wine itself, making the drink a pleasure as long as you enjoy the flavors of whiskey and bitters but not so much if you’re looking for a fruity paradise in a glass.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Two years into doing regular cocktail tastings, and this is still one of the most interesting sparkling wine drinks I’ve had. I go into bubbly cocktail tastings expecting all of them to be fairly sweet, but this one couldn’t be further from that. The rye lends its usual dark, spicy burn that you expect to be offset by fruity pineapple and sweet wine, but that’s not the case. This drink is quite dry with a fascinating tang that’s just hard to describe. It doesn’t land of my list of favorite cocktails, but it’s worth experiencing at least once if you want a sparkling wine cocktail with a twist.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$47.00

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Rye
 Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
 2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Lemon Peel

Method
1

Add rye, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Top with sparkling wine.

5

Garnish with lemon peel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Rye
 Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
 2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Lemon Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add rye, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Top with sparkling wine.

5

Garnish with lemon peel.

Prince of Wales

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More Sparkling Wine Cocktails

If you like this sparkling wine cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

French 75 (Variation): A sparkling wine cocktail made with brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a lemon twist

 Minute To Midnight: A brandy cocktail made with pear liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and a lemon twist

 Nucleus Mimosa: A sparkling wine cocktail made with orange juice, cranberry juice, and a lime slice

 Mountaintop Meadow: A vodka cocktail made with elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lavender bitters, dry sparkling wine, a pineapple wedge, and mint

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