Meghan Markle's favorite holiday cocktail recipe is once again making its rounds, giving a hint as to what she and Prince Harry might be sipping in front of the fire this December, as they prepare to spend their first Christmas in California with their son Archie.
A combination of pictures created in London on November 27, 2017 shows visiting Britain's Prince Harry (R) visiting Lord's cricket ground in London on October 7, 2016 and US actress Meghan Markle (L) posing for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premier of the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in Leicester Square, central London, on November 11, 2013. Britain's Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, Clarence House announced on November 27, 2011. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS AND Andrew Cowie (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS,ANDREW COWIE/AFP via Getty Images)
REVIEW OF THE DECADE - ROYALFile photo dated 25/09/17 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watching Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. PA Photo. Issue date: Sunday December 15, 2019. See PA story XMAS Decade. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, wearing a white belted coat by Canadian brand Line The Label, attend a photocall in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace following the announcement of their engagement on November 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. Anzac Day commemorates members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died during the Gallipoli landings of 1915. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attends the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan released the official engagement portraits, almost a month after announcing their plans to get married
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle attend the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England. The awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock (9688571di) Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration, Buckingham Palace, London, UK - 22 May 2018
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
epa07088251 Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) leave after the royal wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, 12 October 2018. EPA/WILL OLIVER
OFFICIAL BABY NEWS: Meghan and Harry announced they were expecting in a statement via Kensington Palace on October 15, 2018. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh said they were 'delighted' to be welcoming their eighth great-grandchild in a joint statement with Prince Charles, who became a grandfather for the fourth time when Baby Sussex was born. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland said she was 'very happy about this lovely news' and 'looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild'.
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex walk to attend a meet-the-people session at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island on October 22, 2018. - Prince Harry greeted an Aboriginal community on the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island on October 22 as his pregnant wife Meghan took a break from official duties during the royal couple's Australian tour. (Photo by DARREN ENGLAND / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DARREN ENGLAND/AFP via Getty Images)
LAVISH BABY SHOWER: At seven-months-pregnant, the Duchess of Sussex celebrated the impending arrival of her first child with a lavish baby shower trip to New York, which is thought to have cost more than $500,000 (£380,000). Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, and Meghan's best friend, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, were among the guests who were gifted Cuyana leather totes that were filled to the brim with Meghan's favorite products, much like Oscars swag bags.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A general view of Frogmore Cottage at Frogmore Cottage on April 10, 2019 in Windsor, England. The cottage is situated on the Frogmore Estate, itself part of Home Park, Windsor, in Berkshire. It is the new home of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by GOR/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex speaking at Windsor Castle in Berkshire after the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7lbs 3oz. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 8, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
(L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, US actress Meghan Markle and her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Paul Grover (Photo credit should read PAUL GROVER/AFP via Getty Images)
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File photo dated 25/09/19 of the Duchess of Sussex with Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, as the PA news agency looks back on the royal couple's year. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Sussex. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after visiting Canada House in London, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020, after their recent stay in Canada. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day. The service is their final official engagement before they quit royal life. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday March 9, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Commonwealth. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Long before she was the Duchess of Sussex, the former Suits actress would often share recipes and entertaining advice on her website and lifestyle blog The Tig — named after Tignanello, one of her favorite wines.
In a recently resurfaced interview with Grazia from 2015, Meghan, now 39, divulged her recipe for a boozy almond milk spiced holiday cocktail while offering a series of tips for hosting the perfect Christmas with friends — which she is likely doing this year.
While the duchess is known to be a wiz in the kitchen, the beverage is actually easy to make, requiring only almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, dates, and bourbon, of course.
Meghan advised blending all the ingredients — except for the alcohol — in a powerful blender and then pouring the mixture into a small saucepan.
'Heat at a low temperature until heated and then add 4-6oz into the pot depending on your friends' palates. Pour each drink and garnish with a cinnamon stick,' she said.
'If you prefer this drink cold, then omit the heating and shake it hard in a cocktail shaker and serve in champagne glasses with a cinnamon/sugar rim on the glass.'
Meghan also shared a recipe for one of her favorite holiday sides, which may be on the menu at her new $14.65 million mansion in Montecito, California, come Christmas.
'Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake!' she said. 'Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen. If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet.'
MEGHAN'S FESTIVE ALMOND SPICED HOLIDAY COCKTAIL
Meghan admitted that she tends to overdo when it comes to meal-planning, noting that her recipe for maple glazed potato wedges can be made with leftover sweet potatoes.
'If you're like me, you end up buying way too much of everything for holiday meals. So whether you have leftover sweet potatoes or simply want to revamp the classic holiday side, these maple glazed potato wedges are crave-worthy,' she said. 'With the slight kick from cayenne and the brightness of the added lemon, they will be a crowd favorite.'
All you have to do is slice the potatoes into wedges and coat them with a mixture of oil, lemon juice, and maple. After they're tossed, sprinkle them with cayenne and salt to your liking.
'Lay onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for a half-hour at 425 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes,' she added. 'At the 15-minute mark, toss the potatoes and add the handful of pepitas for crunch and texture. They will be beautiful, browned and crisp and ready to devour.'
As part of the interview, Meghan offered advice for presenting an elegant 'table-scape.' She recommended 'keeping it simple and crisp' by using an all-white tablecloth, runner, and napkins.
MEGHAN'S MAPLE GLAZED SWEET POTATO WEDGES
She suggested accenting your dining table with gilded plates and napkin rings and using a 'stylish set of cutlery.'
'All white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centerpiece,' she added, proposing that 'mint julep cups' or Moscow mule mugs could function as low vases.
Her fondness of white blooms was evident on her wedding day to Prince Harry in May 2018; the duchess opted for sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia, as well as Princess Diana's favorite forget-me-nots.
Throughout her old Toronto home, the color white played a predominant role in Meghan's decor. She shared snaps on her now-shuttered Instagram page showing off a white couch in her living room, white dining chairs, white walls, and white bedding.
In the Grazia interview, Meghan also recommended buying silver serving trays, platters, and nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to 'add formality to hors d'ouevres passing.'
And her design inspiration didn't stop at the table; the former actress shared tips for giving your hallway or living room a festive makeover.
She suggested taking the traditional concept of garlands or magnolia branches wrapped around stair banisters or draped over mantelpieces and giving it a 'twist' by using them to trim 'the outline of a mirror or beautiful piece of artwork.'
Meghan and Prince Harry, 36, were said to be out shopping for holiday decor last week when the duke was reportedly mistaken for a Christmas tree salesman by an excited little boy.
The funny mixup is said to have occurred when they were out looking for a tree for their mansion in Montecito, where they will be spending their first Christmas since they stepped down as senior royals.
It is understood that Harry and Meghan were at Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch, a shop that was set up in tents in a Macy’s department store parking lot in Santa Barbara.
According to salesman James Almaguer, who said he works at the tree lot, the couple would have gone unnoticed, but a child walked up to Harry, looking for some assistance.
It has been reported that Harry and Meghan won't be spending Christmas in Sandringham and are 'looking forward' to celebrating their first holiday with their 19-month-old son Archie in their new home.
Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl said the Sussexes are excited for their first American Christmas living in California and will travel to the UK days later, allowing them to isolate for two weeks ahead of the start of Meghan's High Court case against the Mail on Sunday, which begins on January 11.
It will mark the second year the couple will have spent the holiday away from the Queen, 94, and other royals — having reportedly spent the last festive season with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and their son in Canada.
The royal expert went on to report that the news would likely be 'disappointing' for the monarch who is 'missing' Harry and her great-grandson Archie, whom she has not seen for a year.
Sources said Prince Harry had no plans to cross the Atlantic any time soon because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The insider explained: 'Global travel has been made very complicated by the coronavirus pandemic and at the moment the duke has no plans to travel back to the UK, certainly not before Christmas.'
Instead, the couple will travel to the UK with their son Archie in the period between Christmas and the New Year.
Sources said they plan to spend two weeks isolating in Frogmore Cottage before Meghan's High Court case begins on January 11.
Prince Harry and Meghan spent last Christmas in Canada, a first for the couple, who, up until that point, had celebrated the holiday at the Queen's Sandringham estate every year since their 2017 engagement.
Harry had always spent Christmas at the Queen's Norfolk home, barring 2012 when he was serving in Afghanistan.
The news came after another source claimed Prince Harry and Meghan planned on spending Christmas in the US with musician David Foster.
The Mirror reported the duke and duchess plan to host Harry's 'surrogate' dad, Canadian record producer David, and his wife Katharine McPhee for their own Christmas soirée in Los Angeles.
'Meghan very much wants to host the first Christmas at their new home with her mom,' a source close to the couple claimed. 'She’s really excited and is planning on doing all the traditions she grew up with as a child, including the cooking.'
Katherine, 36, knows the duchess from their high school days in Los Angeles, having attended the same high school.
According to the source, David and Katherine offered to host the festivities at their home; however, Meghan volunteered to have the celebration at theirs.
It comes after another source claimed to Vanity Fair's Katie that the royals are enjoying their new life in California and their new home, and have no plans of returning to the UK for Christmas.
They also suggested that Harry and Meghan might be trying to avoid tensions after the reported fall out of the 'Fab Four.'
'Let's just say that while things are better between Harry and his brother, it's not what it was, and I don't think anyone is ready for a cozy family Christmas right now,' the source added.Read more