It’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth II, like most of us, is fond of a tipple. It’s been reported that she enjoys an aperetif before lunch, consisting of a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and lots of ice, and will sometimes finish a busy day with a dry martini or glass of champagne.
So we like to imagine that she might have had a little something to do with the launch of Buckingham Palace Gin, a new spirit from none other than the royal residence itself.
The premium small-batch London dry gin launched this week and is now for sale in Royal Collection Trust shops and online. The spirit is infused with citrus and herbal notes derived from 12 botanicals, several of which are from Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.
The 42 per cent ABV blend is said to be delicious served over ice with tonic (or not, if you prefer other mixers) or blended into a refreshing gin cocktail. In fact, it’s so good that it’s set to be served at official events at the palace from now on, and if that’s not a seal of royal approval we don’t know what is.
There’s also a charitable angle, as all profits from the sale of the gin will go to The Royal Collection Trust to help fund the care and preservation of the Royal Collection, and further promote access to and enjoyment of its wares hrough exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. This is especially important considering the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the tourism industry, as the RCT does not receive any public funding.
Whether you’re in the market for a (rather beautiful, we have to say) new bottle for your home bar, or looking for a gift for a monarchy-loving friend or family member, we reckon you could do a lot worse that Buckingham Palace Gin. Cheers, your Majesty!