If you love the royals, or you’ve always wanted to have a taste of the royal life, here’s your chance: the British monarch is now selling a variety of alcoholic beverages on both the Royal Collection shop site and in the Sandringham Palace gift shop.
Beer is the palace’s newest venture, as confirmed this week. Buckingham Palace recently told People Magazine that Queen Elizabeth approved the sale of a range of beer. The beverage is brewed from plants grown on the monarch’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, including the farmland’s Laureate Spring barley. Sandringham’s Twitter account then announced the launch, sharing the beer as a possible Father’s Day present.
Produced by Barsham Brewery, also in Norfolk and currently on sale at the Sandringham gift shop at $5.50 for a 500ml bottle, the beers are offered in two varieties: a cold-filtered, English ‘bitter’ beer and Golden IPA, described by the Sandringham gift shop as “uniquely natural.”
But just in case you are not a beer person, the Queen has another alcoholic beverage she hopes would be more to your liking. The Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, launched a sloe gin, a British red liquor made from gin and sloes (a red fruit, related to plums). In the new drink, hand-picked whole sloe berries are steeped in Buckingham Palace Gin, giving the sloe gin a “unique and intense fruit flavour,” according to the Royal Collection Trust.
Buckingham Palace began producing and selling its own gin in 2020. The drink is infused with botanicals from the Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves, and mulberry leaves. The new gin adds sloe berries to the mix and is now available at The Royal Collection Shop for $41 a bottle.
Wondering how best to enjoy your bottle of sloe gin in pure aristocratic fashion? The Royal Collection Trust has a suggestion: “Pour a 25ml measure of Buckingham Palace Sloe Gin into a fluted glass, top up with champagne or sparkling wine and garnish with fresh berries or orange peel.”