Being the Queen of England seems like a lot of pressure. How does she take the edge off? It’s easy to assume that she gets it all done by getting a little toasty throughout the day. But despite headlines claiming that the 91 year old monarch is knocking back four cocktails every day, the truth is less wild.
Travel and Leisure wrote that Queen Elizabeth starts with a gin and Dubonnet just before lunch, a glass of wine and a dry gin martini at lunch, and a glass of champagne after dinner.
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Her former chef Darren McGrady debunked these claims for CNN:
As for her drinking, McGrady mentions all the “silly little pieces in the papers” in which he’s quoted as saying she has four drinks a day. “She’d be pickled if she drank that much,” he said. “All I said was she likes a gin and Dubonnet. That’s her favorite drink.”
“She doesn’t wake up in the morning and have a large gin and tonic,” McGrady said, adding that when she does splurge on a glass of wine with dinner — and this is not a nightly event, he emphasizes — it will usually be a favorite German sweet wine. “Just in the evening,” he added. “She certainly doesn’t drink four glasses a day.”
So, there we have it. To live like a queen, you don’t have to drink four a day—but if you want to, we have plenty of recipes to choose from.