- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 3:56PM
She may have reigned for 68 years, but Queen Elizabeth II is about to go where no monarch has gone before and is releasing her very own gin straight from the garden of Buckingham Palace.
That's right. The Royal Collection Trust has today launched a dry gin, made from ingredients handpicked from the garden of the Queen's London residence.
Described as being the "perfect summer thirst-quencher" that's infused with citrus and herbal notes, the premium spirit is derived from 12 botanicals - including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.
The clear and turquoise glass bottle features a coronet and a ring of flowers entwined in an elaborate gold decorative circle, with a gold-coloured stopper and a sketch of Buckingham Palace on the back.
Priced at £40 for a 70cl bottle, it is the first time the Royal Collection Trust has produced alcohol to its own recipe, with ingredients sourced from within Buckingham Palace walls.
All profits from sales of the gin go to the Royal Collection Trust - a charity which maintains and displays the large collection of royal artefacts from artwork to furniture held in trust by the Queen for her heirs and the nation.
The 42% ABV gin will also be served at official royal events at the palace.
The gin will be particularly special to royal admirers for its direct link to the Queen, who is known to be a fan of a gin cocktail.
Her Majesty's ideal recipe for enjoying the gin?
"The recommended serving method is to pour a measure of the gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon," the Royal Collection Trust shared.
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