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No, The Queen Doesn't Drink Four Cocktails Every Day

"She'd be pickled if she drank that much."
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Update, 8/3: The Queen might not quaff as many cocktails as we thought. Former royal chef Darren McGrady told CNN that the monarch doesn't drink four cocktails every single 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."

He blamed the "silly stories" in the press on journalists not understanding his accent. According to McGrady, she doesn't even have wine with dinner every day, just every once in a while. (But this doesn't explain the Queen's cousin's previous comments about her unchanging cocktail regimen.) Though the thought of a party-loving royal seems like a storyline perfect for The Crown, this seems a lot more realistic.

Original post, 7/31: Queen Elizabeth II has ruled the United Kingdom for decades. Not only does she have staying power on the throne, but the 91-year-old can also hold her liquor. Despite her busy schedule, the monarch always has time for a cocktail—four per day, to be precise.

Business Insider rounded up reports of what the Queen eats and drinks per day, and her drinking regimen is seriously impressive. Before lunch, she enjoys a gin and Dubonnet cocktail with lemon and ice.

The Independent reports that she enjoys a glass of wine at lunch alongside her food, which is usually healthy and simple—but also includes a piece of chocolate for dessert.


In the evenings, she is known to have a dry martini, though no word on whether she prefers it shaken or stirred. And she finishes her day with a glass of Champagne, often from brands like Bollinger, Lanson, and King.

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The Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, told The Independent her drink preferences never change. But other liquor brands are on offer at Buckingham Palace. PopSugar notes that there are royal warrants (marks of recognition that mean the Queen has ordered the product over the last five years) for Gordon’s gin, Pimm’s, Bacardi, and Bulmers cider.

That said, she’s apparently not a beer person; she turned down a pint of Guinness while touring the factory in Dublin.

h/t: Travel & Leisure

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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