The queen’s pick: Here’s a gin made with berries handpicked from the gardens of the Buckingham palace

The Queen of England sure knows how to lift our spirits! Being quite the connoisseur of spirits herself, her highness recently unveiled a brand of gin that is exclusive to the Buckingham palace. Launched under The Royal Collection Trust, the novel London-dry gin is now available on the market for a cool £40 or $50.

Aptly christened as the Buckingham Palace Gin, the spirit will be sold at Royal Collection gift shops and will also be served at royal events. It comes packaged in a clear turquoise glass bottle adorned with a circlet of flowers and a golden stopper, and further decorated with a beautiful sketch of the palace at the back.

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Commenting on its flavors, a spokesperson for the Royal Collection said, “The spirit is infused with citrus and herbal notes derived from 12 botanicals, several of which are from Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves… The planting of mulberry trees was popularized in England during the reign of James I and this royal association continues today, with 40 different species of the trees in the Palace garden.’

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The gin is described as the “perfect summer thirst quencher”, and is best had with ice, tonic water and a slice of lemon. It is currently available for sale on for $50. Proceeds from the sale of the gin will be used to fund the care of the palace and its collections. Let’s drink to that!

[Via: Harper’s BAZAAR]

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