If you’re a fan of the royal family and alcohol then today is your lucky day. Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate (the country home in Norfolk where the entire royal family usually gathers for Christmas—at least when the world isn’t in the midst of a global pandemic, that is) just launched its own gin. Not only is the brand from the queen’s country estate, it’s actually made with ingredients from her actual garden.
Specifically, according to People, the gin includes sharon fruit grown in the Walled Garden, “on a sheltered wall at the end of what was a range of glass houses, built on the winnings of the famous racehorse, Persimmon, owned by King Edward VII,” as well as foliage from myrtle plants grown on the estate.
Because this is royal quality gin, it’s no surprise that it’s distilled in small batches. The gin costs $67 a bottle, but, tragically, it’s only available in the U.K. (at least at the moment).
This isn’t the first time the queen’s gotten into the gin game. The monarch is famously a fan of the drink (her signature cocktail is gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon, which she reportedly drinks every single day) and, over the summer, Buckingham Palace launched a gin made with ingredients grown at the queen’s London home.
Our new Buckingham Palace gin is available to pre-order online: https://t.co/ccIPwpyZeN
Lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves are among the 12 botanicals hand-picked for the gin in the Gardens at Buckingham Palace. pic.twitter.com/Kfeo0jyUL1
— RoyalCollectionTrust (@RCT) July 17, 2020
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to spend some time imagining the queen and Ryan Reynolds hobnobbing at a celebrity gin makers convention, arguing about if Aviation Gin or Sandringham Gin is better, and then agreeing it’s a tie and becoming best friends. Yep, that’s pretty much my plan for the rest of the day.
From: Marie Claire US