Queen Elizabeth II is now 90 (yes, that incredible lady is now a nonagenarian) and NB Gin is incredibly proud to have a small part to play in the celebrations.
Her Royal Highness will celebrate her birthday in style (obvs) from this Thursday – Sunday with a huge party at Windsor Castle… and we mean HUGE.
Nine hundred horses, 1,500 participants, the Royal Air Force, Navy and the Army will take part in a massive 90-minute showpiece. It’s not every day our Queen turns 90 so it’s rather fitting.
What’s NB’s involvement? Well, we were selected by the Queen for inclusion in a book of her favourite things!
Yes, the Queen is a big fan of gin (in moderation of course) and we just happen to know her perfect serve.
It’s a well-known fact that Her Royal Highness is partial to a gin with lunch and here’s how she enjoys it. It has been said that she enjoys sipping gin straight from time to time too.
Dubonnet Rouge, two parts
Gin (perhaps NB), one part
A slice of lemon
Plenty of ice
Fill a shaker with lots of ice (we mean LOTS), add the rest of the ingredients, stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Top off with a lemon wedge and another two ice cubes. Sit back, feel regal and relax.
Enjoy lunch like the Queen
Perhaps a little surprisingly, the Queen is reportedly not much of a foodie. She has quite simple tastes.
It seems that there was, however, one dish that she would push the boat out for – scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and truffle gratings.
Darren McGrady became personal chef to the Queen and then to Diana, Princess of Wales.
He said: “The Queen loved scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a grating of truffle. But she was too frugal to ever order fresh truffles and only really enjoyed them at Christmas when the truffles were sent as a gift.”
Treat your dogs to dinner fit for HRH’s corgis
Former Royal chef Owen Hodgson had to prepare food for the Queen’s beloved corgis. Was it a case of opening a tin of premium dog food and chucking it in a bowl? Absolutely not.
The corgis’ favourite dinner was simmered rabbit and chicken, finely chopped and served with a sieved stock.