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Our Crack Baby Cocktail Doesn’t Contain Crack!
The Crack Baby cocktail is one of those ruder drink names that make you say, wtf?!?!?!
But the really crazy part of the drink isn’t its even its bizarre name. Rather, it’s its ties to the British Royal family. Yeah, this drink is literally tied to Britain’s Royal family. Well, a least two of them anyways.
Way back in 2002 there was a very exclusive nightclub, the Boujis bar in Kensington, England. This is the place where the drink is believed to have originated from and from my own research, I can confidently say that the Boujis was serving these shots since 2011.
The club was a favorite among socialites and even members of the royal family due to its exclusivity and an owner that kept the goings-ons in the club under wraps. So basically it was a place to go when you didn’t want to be bother by reporters or the “commoners” like me, lol.
Two of the royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge were know to frequent the bar. So was William’s brother, Prince Harry, (I wonder if the drink will be included in his book?) and a hos of other VIP’s.
The Guardian reported that Kate liked to frequent the Boujis but didn’t directly implicate her in the drinking of Crack Babies outright. But many other publications state that her favorite drink at the now closed private club was indeed the memorable Crack Baby Cocktail.
So why did Kate love this drink so much?
Well, the simple dink actually tastes really good. And believe me, getting the original recipe wasn’t easy at all. Scroll down to see just how confusing getting this was.
The drink, which was originally served as a shot, is connected to the royals even to this day.
Radar Online reported 10 “facts” about both Prince William and Kate stating that Crack Baby was the royals favorite drink reporting, “Their favorite drink is called a ‘crack baby’, which is made with fresh passion fruit mixed with vodka and champagne and served in a shot glass.” You’d think they’d be more into something like a Blanc Cassis.
And the royals love affair doesn’t seem to have stopped in their “younger years”. Just last year the couple was quoted as having been drinking Crack Babies on their trip to the Bahamas. “All so Kate and William could eat pizza and sip beer and “Crack Baby” cocktails…”
And in 2016 Elle Decor is quoted as saying, “Rumor has it that Kate Middleton is partial to Jack Daniels, but according to the Duchess’ closest confidantes, her drink of choice is a ‘Crack Baby,’ the signature cocktail served at Prince Harry’s favorite nightclub, Boujis.”
Sadly, soon after the article was published the Boujis closed its doors somewhere in 2016 after trying to keep its doors open after having its license suspended due to a violent brawl the year before. It’s now an eatery and hosts fine dining.
So here’s the actual recipe for the drink. Give it a whirl and see what all the fuss is about. Then let me know in the comments if it was something you thought should be worthy of the crown or not. I’d love to hear what you think of the drink.
One way you could make this more ‘royal’ is by adding some glitter!
Crack Baby Cocktail
This is the Original crack baby cocktail of the royals!
- 1 basket of fresh Strawberries
- 1 Cup Passion Fruit Juice
- 1/2 Bottle of Vodka
- 1 Bottle Champagne
- In a blender, combine the fresh strawberries, Passion Fruit Juice and Vodka.
- Blend until mixture is one color.
- Add to a shot glass, or champagne glass.
- Top off with Champagne.
- No garnish.
Equipment: Blender, glass.
It seems the Crack Baby drink lives on as a royal tradition to even this day. And now you too can enjoy this drink right in your own home bar, regardless of your pedigree!
So while I was trying to find the actual recipe for this drink, I pretty much went to every single website that showed up. And wow, the results are super confusing!
Elle Decor reports the drink as, “…a mixture of vodka, raspberry liquor, passion fruit and champagne.”
But Radar Online reports the drinks ingredients as “…made with fresh passion fruit mixed with vodka and champagne and served in a shot glass.”
While the Sunday Morning Herald even suggests they weren’t sure what the recipe was, “…we have scoured the web for the best guide to mixing a Crack Baby.”
They report the drink as having ice, “1L passion fruit juice, 375mL of vodka, punnet of strawberries, chopped, 1 bottle of champagne or sparkling wine” which would make one HUGE drink! Something more akin to a Bucket Drink if you ask me. But it is also the only reliable source for the drink and matches what I have found.
And lastly the Express list the drink as, “The bar’s signature cocktail combines vodka, raspberry liquor, passion fruit and champagne.”
As you can see, it’s really confusing as to what this drink’s ingredients actually are.
But after a TON of actual research, I believe I have finally found the real recipe, and yes, it is tasty. But honestly, I see it as more of a brunch drink or something along those lines.
Pictures are courtesy of the Boujis Twitter feed.