The pandemic has evidently bored the 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth so much that she just released a specialty dry gin distilled from botanicals on her 20,000-acre rural Sandringham estate.
His royal estate gardens in the Norfolk countryside provide all the ingredients for the gin, which costs around $ 67 a bottle and can take up to two weeks to make; and that unfortunately for those outside of Great Britain they cannot be shipped abroad.
The gin is made with Sharon fruit, also known as Chinese persimmon. According to the Sandringham website, those used for this gin grow “in the walled garden on a sheltered wall at the end of what was a series of glass houses, built on the proceeds of the famous racehorse, Persimmon, owned by King Edward VII.”
Therefore, each sip is a small sample of history, with the other ingredient, the myrtle leaves, coming from plants “also grown on the farm, [that] it originated from a cut taken from Princess Alexandra’s wedding bouquet in her marriage to Prince Albert Edward, who later became King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. “
A former chef from Buckingham Palace reports: according to People magazineThe queen is fond of her gin even in her old age, treating herself to an iced gin and Dubonnet cocktail daily with a lemon wedge with lunch.
The Sandringham Gin is actually just one of several liquor teams run by British royalty. Buckingham Palace Gardens also produces a gin which is made from “lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves” among eight other botanicals hand-selected from the gardens.
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Lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries, and mulberry leaves are among 12 botanicals hand-selected for gin in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. pic.twitter.com/Kfeo0jyUL1
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The Queen’s Balmoral Castle Estate too produces a single malt whiskey at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which contains notes of oak and fruit, while Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate in Cornwall produces a wide range of organic liquors.
If you live in the UK and are lucky enough to be able to enjoy real alcohol, Sandringham Estate recommends that you enjoy it by “pouring a measure into a short glass filled with ice before adding tonic and garnishing with a lemon wedge”.
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