There’s something inherently fascinating about the British royal family, even to us Americans, especially when it comes out that they like to party like the rest of us. It has been reported that Queen Elizabeth drinks four alcoholic beverages a day. Well, former royal chef Darren McGrady told Reader’s Digest that isn’t necessarily the case. “I’m pretty confident she doesn’t have four drinks a day,” he said. “She’d be pickled.” And while that is totally fair, we couldn’t help but wonder: What does Queen Elizabeth like to drink? And could her choice of beverages be a factor in her longevity?
This organic, spiced tomato juice from Suffolk, England, is the perfect Bloody Mary base. And though we’re not sure if that’s what Queen Elizabeth uses this spicy vegetable drink for, we do know she’s a fan. In 2002, Big Tom was granted the Royal Warrant for supplying the royal family for no less than five years.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly drinks a glass of Champagne every night before bed, and Bollinger is one of her favorite brands. Bollinger has long been a British royal favorite; it was granted the Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria in 1884.
This cocktail is a reported favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s, and she’s said to enjoy it often. Dubonnet — a sweet, wine-based aperitif — is mixed with gin and plenty of ice and garnished with a slice of lemon. Dubonnet was also a favorite of the Queen Mother’s.
Hock is a British term for German white wine and often refers to white wine specifically from the Rhine region. The queen reportedly enjoys white wine on occasion.
This bottled drinking water from the springs of the Malvern Hills has been enjoyed by the British royal family for centuries. Queen Elizabeth is reported to enjoy several large bottles of it a day and refuses to travel without it.
Did you know that the queen has her own line of sparkling wine? In 2011, seven acres of Champagne grapes were planted at Windsor Palace’s south lawn, and the wine was finally released this winter. The wine was available as a three-bottle set and retailed for £75. Of course, the wine sold out instantly.
What does the queen drink every morning? English breakfast tea, of course. She takes her tea with a splash of milk but no sugar. Many attribute her longevity to her lack of a sweet tooth in the morning. And now that we know what the old royals like to drink, we have to wonder: How do we eat and drink like the newest royal, Meghan Markle?
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