The Royal Collection Trust has launched an official Buckingham Palace Gin. Made from ingredients handpicked from the garden of the Queen’s London residence, the premium small-batch London dry gin is now available in the charity’s shops as well as there official web store. It will also be the Gin served at future official events at the palace.
Derived from 12 botanicals, Buckingham Palace Gin features citrus and herbal notes, several of which are collected from the Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves, and mulberry leaves.
For the perfect summer thirst-quencher, the Royal Collection Trust recommends pouring a measure of the Gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon.
The Queen’s favorite drink is one part Gin and two parts Dubonnet, with ice cubes and a slice of lemon, which she enjoys daily right before lunch.
Coming in at 42% ABV, the Gin will cost £40 ($50.42 USD) for a 70cl bottle.
The Gin’s clear and turquoise glass bottle features a coronet and a ring of flowers entwined in a gold decorative circle on the front, with a sketch of Buckingham Palace on the back. It also features a gold-colored stopper.
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 hope is that sales of the Gin will boost the trust as it it faces financial difficulties amid the “greatest challenge” in its history. It has already taken out a £22 million loan after predicting losses of £30 million over the next year due to closures of its sites due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and the Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh are currently set to reopen to the public on July 23.