A Royal Guide to a Successful Coronation!

The chance to witness history.

What an exciting long weekend we have in store! It is, of course, a Bank Holiday on Monday (you can read our recent musings on these here), but what’s truly special is the chance to witness history: on Saturday, the country will come together to celebrate the first coronation of a British monarch for seventy years.

Gin cocktails fit for a king.

It’ll also be a terrific excuse for a party, of course. We’re hoping for good weather, as communities gathering outdoors and celebrating who we are as a nation is a very special thing. We’re certainly putting some Gasm on ice, and we’d heartily recommend you do the same. We can’t think of a better time to share our glorious, award-winning fizz cocktails with friends and family, so why not give the bubbly a miss and toast the new King with a British-made gin cocktail that’s colourful, original, exciting and, let’s face it, utterly delicious!

Uniquely delicious; and intensely pleasurable.

Starting your own independent drinks business is not easy. The marketplace is chock-full of all sorts of brands vying for customers, and the big players have deep pockets that make marketing a challenge for the smaller types like us. What keeps us going, however, is the overwhelmingly positive response that we get when people taste our Champagne-style cocktails. They might have made the decision to purchase flavoured Prosecco online, or they could have come to meet us in person, but almost without exception, everyone loves Gasm drinks. Not only that, but the fact that no one else is producing anything like our all-in-one, ready-to-drink, sparkling gin cocktails spurs us on. We won’t stop until Gasm drinks are the choice for a celebration.

A window to the past.

Speaking of which, let’s turn back to the coronation of Charles III. This hugely important and historic event gave us cause to bring out the family photos, and we were delighted to uncover some extraordinary pictures of our founder Richard’s grandparents readying themselves to attend the coronation of George VI in 1937. The photographs show David Davies and his wife, Henrietta, in all their finery as they are preparing to attend the service.

A tribute to a fine fellow.

David Davies, who was made a lord in 1932, left an extraordinary legacy. On top of his distinguished career as the Liberal MP of Montgomeryshire, he was the founder and president of the National Library of Wales, the founder and president of the Welsh Council of the League of Nations Union and, perhaps most importantly of all, he founded the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association, which made a vast contribution to the eradication of tuberculosis. His remarkable philanthropy even extended to building the Welsh National Temple of Peace and Health, which survives today.

An epitaph to be proud of.

When he died, in 1944, his epitaph read: ‘he took his pleasure to be beauty and his duty to be service in the cause of humanity and the welfare of his fellow men.’ We’ll drink to that! If you’d like to join us, only Gasm will do, so why not purchase flavoured Prosecco online and buy our Champagne style cocktails here? 

The perfect royal party dish.

As we all know, a good patriotic shindig isn’t just about enjoying some lovely fizz cocktails: party food is a must. It’s important that you’re not stuck in the kitchen for too long, though, so dishes that can be prepared in advance are the way to go. So we’re looking for something delicious, easy and cold for a coronation party. Which surely must mean Coronation Chicken! This classic dish pairs wonderfully with all of our Gasm Drinks flavours, as mild curry and fruit are happy bedfellows (the original recipe calls for sultanas, but it’s so much better with Gasm instead).  So here we have our ultimate Coronation Chicken recipe.

 

Gasm Drinks Coronation Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • A whole roast chicken
  • One finely chopped medium onion
  • 2 tbsp mild or medium curry powder
  • ¼ pint (150ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ jar mango chutney
  • ½ jar mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp single cream

 

Method:

Roast the chicken, allow to cool and, using your hands, separate the meat into generous bite-sized pieces. To prepare the sauce, gently fry the onion until soft. Next, add two tablespoons of mild curry powder, tomato puree and a small splash of water to the onions and cook for a couple of minutes. Squeeze the lemon juice into the onions and warm, then add the chicken stock and mango chutney. Gently bring to the boil then simmer on a low heat for five minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, then carefully pass through a fine sieve into a mixing bowl. Finally, stir the mayonnaise into the mixture and finish with the cream. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with fresh watercress. Serve with buttered new potatoes, salad, and your favourite Gasm!

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