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Buckingham Palace launches new Coronation gin with raspberries

The gin is spiced with pink peppercorns and cassia bark, and sweetened with orange peel and rose petal

The pink gin, infused with hand-picked raspberries grown at the King’s Berkshire residence, was released on Friday by the RCT, a department of the Royal Household.

Described as blend of sweet and fragrant botanicals, the drink is spiced with pink peppercorns and cassia bark, while sweetened with orange peel and rose petal.

The raspberries from across the royal estate in Windsor are said to give it a “fruity finish and a vibrant pink hue”.

The RCT’s latest offering, which costs £38 for a 70cl bottle, follows the successful launch of its own London dry gin in 2020, which sold out within eight hours, as well as its own sloe gin last summer.

The release comes ahead of the King’s Coronation on May 6, and will no doubt be enjoyed by those wishing to celebrate the event while imbibing a drink with the royal seal of approval.

The late Queen Elizabeth II was known to be a fan of a gin cocktail, with her favourite drink rumoured to be gin and Dubonnet with ice cubes and a slice of lemon – enjoyed right before lunch.

The RCT said its new gin pairs “beautifully” with ginger beer, and when garnished with fresh raspberries and orange peel, could make the perfect accompaniment to the long weekend of celebrations.

“For a sweet, light drink, the recommended serving suggestion is to pour 50ml of Royal Windsor Gin over muddled raspberries in a martini glass. Top up with 100ml of pineapple juice,” it says.

The pink gin’s clear glass bottle features a circular motif entwined with illustrations of the botanicals found in the drink, as well as a sketch of Windsor Castle on the back.

All profits from sales of the gin will go to the Royal Collection Trust to help fund the care and conservation of the Royal Collection.

The charity maintains and displays the large collection of royal artefacts, from artwork to jewellery held in trust by the King for his heirs and the nation.

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