The Queen's favourite cocktail is amazingly easy to make – and it's perfect in hot weather

LIKE millions of Brits, the Queen is almost certain to have been enjoying the sunny weather in lockdown at Windsor Castle this weekend.

It is also possible that the monarch, 94, will be keeping cool with her favourite cocktail – and it's perfect for when the temperatures rise this summer.

Her Majesty's former chef Darren McGrady told CNN that "she likes a gin and Dubonnet.

"That's her favourite drink".

William Hanson, an etiquette expert, revealed in an Instagram post that the cold beverage was also a favourite of the late Queen Mother.

He added that it is a "refreshingly fruity drink with a slightly bitter edge" – and surprisingly easy to make.

Firstly, you'll need to find a glass – ideally a tumbler, but a wine glass is also ok – and throw in three ice cubes.

Next, add one part gin, and Gordon's, which holds a royal warrant, is likely to be the Queen's choice.

Then pour in two parts Dubonnet – a fortified red wine pronounced "dubonnay".

Finally, add a fresh slice on lemon.

What ingredients do you need?

  • Gin
  • Dubonnet
  • Ice
  • Lemon


McGrady also revealed that the monarch occasionally has a glass of sweet German wine for dinner.

He added: "She's also a chocoholic.

"It has to be the dark chocolate, the darker the better. She wasn't keen on milk chocolate or white chocolate."

In other royal news, we told you that the Queen has banned her family from playing Monopoly.

We also revealed that Meghan Markle has been secretly working with an animal charity.

And Prince William has opened up about "trauma" of losing Princess Diana.

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