Gin cocktails fit for a queen

According to those in the know, the Queen has enjoyed regular gin cocktails during her long reign. Her favourites are reportedly the Dry Martini and the Zaza (Gin and Dubonnet). 

Speaking about sitting next to the queen at a state banquet, Tom Hanks said: 'I dared to ask the Queen: "What is Her Majesty’s cocktail of choice?’ and she said "Ooh - Martini".' 

The queen's late cousin Margaret Rhodes said the Queen liked a Martini at lunch. 

Darren McGrady, the Queen's personal chef in the 1980s and early 1990s, told CNN the Queen likes a gin and Dubonnet (fortified wine made with herbs and spices). The cocktail is known as a Zaza.

If you'd like to raise a toast with one of the Queen's favourite cocktails, here's a quick guide to Her Majesty's favourite tipples: 

The Zaza 

Double measure Dubonnet
Single measure Dry Gin  with a Lemon twist 
Add a few ice cubes to a mixing glass and add the Dubonnet and gin. Mix gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
Garnish with lemon peel. 

The Martini 

Double measure London Dry Gin 
One tablespoon of Dry Vermouth 
Olive or lemon peel
Add the gin and the vermouth to a cocktail shaker that has plenty of ice. 
Depending on your preference, either stir or shake for about 20 seconds. 
Strain into a chilled Martini glass and add the garnish. 

Royal sommelier Demetri Walters says the Queen has recently cut down on her intake of cocktails. 

But we like to think there's no better way to say congratulations on this milestone than enjoying one of these marvellous gin cocktails.

4th Jun 2022

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