The master milliner Philip Treacy is launching Royal Ascot this year with a striking image featuring one of his iconic hats. The image is of Martha Sitwell, wearing Alexander McQueen, against a background scene of Ascot Opening Day, which was painted by James Pollard and dates back to 1836.
As well its world-class racing, for the second year running Royal Ascot will also be hosting the Royal Ascot Fashion Show in the Bessborough Restaurant, bringing together top designers from around the world - Vivienne Westwood has already confirmed - to showcase the very latest male and female couture on the catwalk.
Keeping within Philip Treacy's black and white theme I think that a Black Velvet Champagne Cocktail is probably the best choice although a Classic Champagne Cocktail would fit the bill as far as taste is concerned.
Black Velvet was invented at the Brooks Club in London in 1861 and was served as the nation mourned the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s Prince Consort. It’s rather suitable for racing fans given that Guiness is used in it – the Irish love it!
A Black Velvet is made by filling a tall champagne flute halfway with chilled stout (usually Guiness) and floating the Champagne on top of the stout. The differing densities of the liquids cause them to remain largely in separate layers.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Drop of Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Place a drop of angostura bitters on a sugar cube and drop into a champagne flute. Add champagne.
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