LONDON (SBG) — Forget sipping a spot of tea. How about some gin, courtesy of the queen?
Britain's Buckingham Palace's brand launch was so popular; it sold out within eight hours of its debut.
Key ingredients for the London dry gin, a hugely popular spirit in Britain, actually come from Queen Elizabeth II's very own backyard garden at the palace.
"Lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves are among the 12 botanicals hand-picked for the gin in the Gardens at Buckingham Palace, which span 16 hectares (~40 acres) and provide a habitat for 30 species of bird and over 250 species of wild flower," the product's description reads.
The elegantly decorated bottle costs roughly $50 and is infused with citrus and herbal botanicals, but can only be sent to addresses in the United Kingdom due to international shipping restrictions. The second batch is currently on pre-order and will be ready starting late August.
Details about the Buckingham Palace Gin appeared in a release from the Royal Collection Trust; the charity that handles the public opening of the queen's official residences.
The group is selling the gin to raise money for the conservation of the Royal Art Collection. The coronavirus pandemic has shut down travel, creating a budget shortfall.