Here are some signature drinks of different royals throughout history. They had the privilege and wealth to indulge in their personal tastes. They drank what they wanted, how they wanted, When they wanted.
Some people begin their day with a cup of coffee. Marie Antoinette, on the other hand, jumpstarted her mornings with a rich cup of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate was a status symbol in the 18th century, a drink for the elites not the masses. When Marie-Antoinette married Louis XVI in 1770, she brought her personal chocolate-maker with her to the Court, and he was given the official title of “Chocolate Maker to the Queen”. .Marie favored a combonation of chocolate with Orange blossomor sweet almonds.
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Here is a recipe from the time.
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Kate Middleton’s favorite drink is Jack Daniels, although when she was a teen she favoured a cocktail called “Crack Baby,” a mix of passion-fruit juice, vodka, and champagne.
Edward The Earl of Wessex favours a dry gin and a classic Indian tonic water with a slice of lemon
When Catherine of Braganza arrived in England in 1662, tea was used medicinally. In contrast, she drank it often, and likely influenced members of her court to do the same. Catherine’s fondness quickly made it fashionable in England, first the ladies of the court and gradually those further removed from royal life developed a liking for the drink. When tea was consumed in such a grand setting, it was generally in the company of female friends within a bedchamber or closet (a small room for entertaining guests near the bedchamber). The tea itself and the delicate pieces of porcelain for brewing and drinking it were displayed in the closet. Inventories for wealthy households during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries list tea equipage not in kitchens or dining rooms, but in these small private closets or boudoirs. The mistress of the house would carry a key to the tea-chest and mix different tea leaves to make her own blend.
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Once known affectionately as the “Party Prince,” Prince Harry was often seen drinking vodka and Red Bull on occasion. But those days are over. Prince Harry reportedly gave up drinking during Meghan Markle’s pregnancy but was spotted last summer with Meghan and their son, at a pub enjoying a couple of pints.
Alexander the great wasn’t just one of the ancient world’s most prolific empire -builders he was also a heavy drinker. Like other Macedonians, he favoured wine, and was known to drink it in great amounts. Alexander decided to organise Olympics in India. However, since locals weren’t familiar with Greek sports, he decided to create a wine-drinking contest instead. Indians weren’t used to consuming alcohol and all 41 contestants died. The winner, who was a Greek soldier, consumed the equivalent of 13 litres of unmixed wine (which is far stronger than wine we know today) and died four days later from alcohol poisoning. His drinking habits could have fatal consequences. Alexander once capped off a night of binge drinking by burning down the Persian city of Persepolis.
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Prince Phillip is an avid beer lover, with Boddingtons being his favorite. Boddingtons is a straw-golden, hoppy bitter which was one of the first beers to be packaged in cans containing a widget, giving it a creamy draught-style head.
Wine was a status symbol in ancient Egypt, since only the elite drank it. King Tutankhamun not only drank wine, but also employed his own personal winemaker. Tutankhamun was entombed with wine jars as was custom and researchers used the vessels to conduct analyses of ancient wine residue. They concluded that Tutankhamun had access to both red and white wine.
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In the 16th century, many English men and women brewed beer for home consumption. Though beer was popular, Queen Elizabeth I wasn’t very partial to it. Elizabeth preferred sweet mead. In her earlier years, before inheriting the throne, Elizabeth lived quite a domestic life, mostly at Hever Castle. She was well respected for her gastronomic talents and she enjoyed making her own mead. The main ingredient of mead is honey but Elizabeth known for her sweet tooth liked to add extra sugar.
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Princess Margaret enjoyed the Famous Grouse scotch with a drop of water Her staff instructed those within her circles to always keep bottles of both on hand, in case she stopped by for an informal visit. A staff member claimed that “if you didn’t serve Famous Grouse, she could identify exactly what was in its place.” according to a friend, “there could be unpleasantness with staff if her glass wasn’t kept full or if the ice melted. That was one of her tiny weaknesses.”
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Catherine the Great liked English stouts, and boasted that she could hold her own against English stout-drinkers. Catherine’s love of the dark beer actually contributed to the development of imperial stout. She contracted Anchor Brewery in London to create a dark, strong stout for the Russian imperial court – and so it brewed “imperial” stout. The stout needed to be extra strong as Beer with a lower alcohol content often froze on the journey over to Russia.
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Princess Diana reportedly wasn’t much of a drinker, but she did have one indulgence she enjoyed. Peach bellinis were her beverage of choice, and they include a blend of Prosecco and peach puree.
France’s King Louis XIV and his court at Versailles are synonymous with decadence. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Louis loved pairing Champagne with his food. Louis’s love of bubbly actually caused some unexpected consequences. His physicians feared that his consumption of Champagne wasn’t healthy, and instead urged him to drink other types of alcohol. since true Champagne only comes from a particular region – Champagne in northern France – alcohol-makers in other French regions complained of what they considered royal favouritism.
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One of the most widely consumed beverages in early-modern England was small beer, a nutrient-rich, low-alcohol beer. Water was not generally safe to drink, particularly in urban areas and milk was only available around calving time. Any excess milk was far too valuable for drinking, and was saved for butter and cheese production. It took a lot of small beer to make a person drunk but Henry VIII managed it. He was almost never without a beer in hand. Katherine Parr, his sixth wife also favoured small beer and later small ale, she kept barrels of it on hand.
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Princess Beatrice likes a White Port and Tonic
Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite wine was a Burgundy from Chambertin. In fact, he never traveled without it. Napoleon loved the wine so much he once quipped, “Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” and also “In victory you deserve Chambertin in defeat you need it’ Apparently Napoleon was a master of sabrage – the art of decapitating a bottle of wine with a cavalry sword.
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Prince Charles favors 15 year aged Laphroaig malt and even has a special Highgrove edition of the whiskey from Islay that he sells in his Gloucestershire estate shop.
During his younger days, when he frequented private clubs in London, Prince William was said to have rather expensive tastes and was seen on at least one occasion drinking a £135 cocktail called a “Treasure Chest.” The concoction, served inside a wooden chest, is a blend of peach liqueur, brandy, and Champagne. He also reportedly did his fair share of shots at St. Andrews and was said to have a taste for Sambuca. These days, the father of three is happy with a pint of Guinness, as surprised royal watchers learned when he turned up at the Prince Albert pub in London to watch England face the Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 qualifier.
Over the course of her many summers at Balmoral Castle in the Highlands of Scotland, Queen Victoria became a huge fan of Scotch whisky. Victoria wouldn’t always drink it neat. She liked mixing it with claret, tea, and soda water. her most trusted survent John Brown was a man with a great fondness for the whiskey too, he said ‘I favoured no man who does not like his glass’. He made sure that Her Majesty was never wanting for a wee drop.
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Princess Eugenie Enjoys vodka soda with lots of lime
Drinking was so much a part of the Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon’s daily rituals that she actually traveled with her own alcohol when conducting her royal duties. The Queen Mother’s drink of choice was a Dubonnet and gin cocktail. It’s simply 3 parts gin to 1 part Dubonnet french rouge shaken with ice and Garnished with a lemon twist. She once noted before a trip, “I think that I will take two small bottles of Dubonnet and gin with me this morning, in case it is needed.”
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Peter the Great Adored Peppered Brandy. In 1698, 26-year-old Peter the Great visited England while on a European tour and discovered his favourite drink. One of his English drinking buddies was the Marquis of Carmarthen who introduced Peter to brandy laced with pepper corns. Peter’s heavy drinking habits were so pronounced that he started a rowdy drinking club at court.
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Queen Elizabeth Like her mother enjoys a Gin and Dubonnet. She likes three parts Dubonnet, seven parts gin, and a splash of lemon every day.
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King Edward VII likes Berry Bros. and Rudd’s King’s Ginger The mixture of ginger, honey, and a base of brandy was made specifically for the king after his doctor visited the British company and asked for a liquor to help cure the king of health problems. edward said One not only drinks it, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and talks about it.
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Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex famously named her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig after her favourite variety of red wine, Tignanello. Meghan explained how her first taste inspired a whole new way of thinking.
Cleopatra and her lover, Roman general Mark Antony, started a club called “Inimitable Livers” a group dedicated to the cult of the mystical god Dionysus, basically a drinking club. the group engaged in nightly feasts and wine-binges. at one club event Cleopatra made a bet with Antony that she could spend “10,000,000 sesterces” on one dinner. After ordering up a totally conventional meal, Cleopatra had one of her servants bring over a cup of strong vinegar. She dropped one of her priceless pearl earrings into the solution, waited for it to dissolve into slush and drank it. Cleopatras favourite drink was white wine, She loved the stuff so much she even bathed in it.
Among Japanese royalty, the highest quality sake is always on the menu. One of the only sake makers that regularly does business with the Japanese royal family is the Gekkeikan house. Their prize recipe, Horin Junmai Daiginjo, is the choice drink of the Imperial Household of Japan.
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Zara Tindall like a glass of wine red, white or rose this is always her drink of choice.
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