It’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth loves her gin. So much so, in fact, that Buckingham Palace is releasing its own brand of the spirit.
On Monday, the Royal Collection Trust—which looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world, and manages the public opening of the official residences of Her Majesty—announced that an official BP gin is now available for purchase. Royal fans and gin lovers alike can get their hands on a small-batch of dry gin at the palace’s online shop (unfortunately it’s only available for delivery in the U.K.). It will be served at upcoming official events at the palace after it reopens on July 23.
According to the website, the spirit is infused with 12 handpicked botanicals from the palace’s own garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves. Of course, the Trust wasn’t going to share the big news without accompanying it with a recipe. "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," part of the statement read.
Not only is gin her favorite drink (a gin and Dubonnet, to be exact), but Her Majesty also uses the spirit for other purposes, such as cleaning her royal jewels.
Queen Elizabeth’s right-hand gal, Angela Kelly, who serves as her senior dresser and personal secretary, dropped snippets of her memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, and revealed that a combination of gin and water is handy in the royal treasure trove to keep the queen’s diamonds looking sparkly.
Cheers to you, Your Majesty.