Buckingham Palace Just Released Its Own Craft Gin

The Queen's tipple is infused with botanicals sourced from the Palace garden

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II enjoying a tipple in 2014
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By Kirk Miller / July 16, 2020 11:35 am

Looks like Queen Elizabeth II is making hooch. But this is no bathtub gin.

Rather, Buckingham Place is releasing a small-batch craft gin that sources ingredients from the queen’s very own rear garden. Released by the royal household’s own charity department, the Royal Collection Trust, proceeds from Buckingham Palace Gin will raise funds for conservation efforts of Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive art collection, according to People.

The $50 dry gin, only available at special events at Buckingham Palace and to order in the U.K. (though it’s currently sold out), 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,” as noted by a press release from the Royal Collection Trust.

As for serving: The royals suggest “pour[ing] a measure of the gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon.”

This isn’t the first royal booze release: Prince Charles produces organic gin at his Cornwall estate, while the queen’s Balmoral estate distills a single-malt whiskey.

And the queen likes her gin: Before lunch, the Queen reportedly takes “a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice,” part of a four-drink day that also includes a martini.

 

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