Using ingredients handpicked from The Queen’s garden, a Buckingham Palace gin has today gone on sale for the first time. The ingredients have been handpicked from the gardens at Buckingham Palace and has been launched by the Royal Collection Trust as an online only product. Royal Collection Trust shops are due to open in the coming weeks and it is expected the gin will also be available here too.
Her Majesty The Queen is rumoured to be a huge fan of gin herself. Her favourite tipple is said to be gin and dubonnet. The gin cocktail is made with one part gin and two parts of the sweet, fortified wine-base aperitif, ice cubes and a slice of lemon. It is said that The Queen enjoys this tipple shortly before lunch every day.
The new gin is infused with citrus and herbal notes and is derived from 12 botanicals – several of which have been collected from the Buckingham Palace gardens – including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.
The Royal Collection Trust have described the gin as “the perfect Summer thirst-quencher” and even gave some suggestions on how to serve it. A post online read, “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 bottle that the new gin comes in is also very decorative with a sketch of Buckingham Palace on the back. The front of the bottle features a coronet and a ring of flowers entwined in an elaborate gold decorative circle.
The Buckingham Palace gin will cost £40 for a 70cl bottle and all proceeds will go to the Royal Collection Trust. The Trust is said to be facing financial difficulties following the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent UK lockdown when all of its sites had to shut to tourists and visitors.
The drink is also set to be served at future official Buckingham Palace events.