You can buy Hillsborough Castle and Buckingham Palace gin made with ingredients from the royal gardens

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 spirit launched last July from none other than the royal residence itself.

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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.

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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.

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Buckingham Palace Gin, £40, Royal Collection Shop 

But Buckingham Palace is no longer the only royal home to have its own gin. The Queen’s Northern Island residence, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, has also just launched its own limited edition tipple, a gin made using hand picked rose petals from the castle’s Granville Rose Garden and blended with apples and pears from the castle’s recently-restored Walled Garden.

The royal castle has teamed up with local distillery Rademon Estate to create the gin, which is a special version of their Shortcross Gin. However, only a limited run of 400 bottles have been made so you’ll have to act fast if you’d like a bottle for yourself.

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Hillsborough Castle Edition Shortcross Gin, £40, Historic Royal Palaces Shop

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 than a bottle of Buckingham Palace gin or Hillsborough Castle gin. Cheers, your Majesty!