Drinking like Royalty has to have its perks! Service at all hours, comfortable furniture, tons of locations to plan you cocktails around (in the estate or at another estate), the very best of liquor/spirts on hand and Im sure the list goes on and on.
Lets take a look at the drinking life of Queen Elizabeth II of England and see what Royal drinking looks like and better yet, tastes like. We are going to hit the favorite cocktails/ adult beverages of the Queen of England loves and tell you how to make them. The best part is, that they're affordable, Barflies!
So, why Im I bringing this up now? Why Im I blogging about what Queen Elizabeth II of England drinks? I never have written about celebrities, before.
Well, it all comes down to a comedy special I was watching on Netflix. The stand up I was watching started talking about drinking and called the Queen Elizabeth II of England out for being what he called a “binge drinker”, according to the CDC article, “Data on Excessive Drinking”. (Binge drinking is drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women). This caught my attention, not only for the drinking part, but it made me wonder, how does the Queen of England get down with her drinking game? He then goes on telling some funny jokes about how she could act while drinking, which made it pretty fun to imagine just how she would or could act while a little tipsy! The comedian I’m talking about, if you haven't already guessed it, was George Lopez, "We’ll do it for half", on his new special for Netflix. This stand up was not my personal favorite and honestly couldn’t make it much further then the bit about the Queen (about 10ish minutes in), but listening to him crack jokes about Queen Elizabeth II of England made me want to research if it was even true.
So, the research began and I found that the article was written in February 6, 2012 by Liam O’Brien of the Independent, “60 facts about the Queen you didn’t know”, and since then the article has been written over and over again, but we are here to find out what she drinks, how do we make it and can we afford it!!
Now that we dropped just enough knowledg, lets get to the fun part of drinking like Queen Elizabeth II of England for the day, the weekend. . . or if your on quarantine, well, I don't need to give you any ideas.
What does the Queen of England drink? According to the Liam O’Brien of the Independent, whos source, Margaret Rhodes, the Queen's cousin says:
“She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening”.
Lets call these cocktails and break down how to make them.
1st cocktail (Before lunch)
Gin and Dubonnet
2 ounces Dubonnet
1 ounce Gin
2 Large Cubes of Ice
Add Ice and then Dubonnet and Gin to your favorite Cocktail shakers (click here for our favorite Boston shakers).
Stir with bar spoon until fully chilled.
Strain into cocktail glass with large ice cube and lemon wedge.
Not that bad, a bottle (750mL) of Dubonnet goes for no more then $15 at your local Total wine and add on your favorite Gin and you are well on your way to drinking like the Queen!
Now we are not exactly sure what wine she drinks for lunch so this is kind of a free be to drink whatever wine you enjoy best. . . But we do know (according to what we’ve read in articles about her), that she enjoys fish and vegetables for lunch.
If this is just true, we would assume she would drink a White Wine.
Cost: The price can vary form $8 a bottle to the auction block, which have been known to got past a quarter of a million dollars for a single bottle of wine. So, pick within your budget.
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You can have your pick of Dry Martini’s out there, they're a dime a dozen. But since we are here to make cocktails, I have the perfect Dry Martini for you, if you have trouble choosing.
2 oz Gin
Dash Extra Dry Vermouth
Shake or stir gin and vermouth over ice.
Strain into Martini glass
Serve with lemon twist or olive
This cocktail is all about how much you spend on your gin, you can also swap the gin for your favorite vodka.
Glass of Champagne
This cocktail is at your mercy once again. Pick up your favorite Champagne with your favorite flute glass and finish out your day, weekend or the rest of quarantine like Queen Elizabeth II of England!
Pour chilled Champagne into Champagne flute and drift off into the night.
As little or as much as your budget can afford.
Now that we have seen and made the cocktails that the Queen of Englands cousin has said that she drinks on the daily and "never varies".
We should also tell you that the Queen of Englands Chef Darren McGrady, who confirmed what Margaret Rhodes said was correct, by naming off the 4 cocktails the Queen drinks daily, retracted the statement saying, she doesn’t drink four cocktails everyday. “She’d be pickled if she drank that much”, and says the journalists didn’t understand his accent.
I’ll let you Barflies decide if she drinks that much on your own, Im not here to judge and honestly, if I was in her position 4 cocktails would most likely be a light day for me. Just saying.
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