All the Royal-Approved Booze You Need to Buy
You don’t need a mile-long title or fancy crown to drink like the British royals do. In fact, there are plenty of booze brands you can buy at your corner liquor store that hold royal warrants. For the uninitiated, a royal warrant is “a mark of recognition to those who supply goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales.” Reach for one of these 13 bottles the next time you want to feel regal AF.
As the most recognized (and probably most used) bitters behind the bar, Angostura belongs on any booze shortlist, royal or otherwise. The medicinal formula is like salt and pepper for cocktails and ties together the ingredients in such favorites as the Manhattan and Old Fashioned.
If you’re going to sip a Martini like a royal, you’ll need to reach for Martini vermouth. Each bottle is still made according to the secret recipe perfected by Luigi Rossi in 1863 that is safely locked away in a Geneva bank vault.
Laphroaig’s peaty Islay scotch is some of the smokiest stuff on the market. Its collection of single malts ranges from a classic 10 year to the annual release of a special Cairdeas cask bottling.
As the third largest scotch distiller in the world, John Dewar & Sons produces 17 whiskies under six different brands. Founded in 1846 by John Dewar himself, the company has grown from a small wine and spirits shop to a global brand.
Whether you’re flush enough to drink Johnnie Walker Blue or simply stick with the classic Black Label, you’re among the scotch lovers in more than 180 countries who enjoy bottles of the stuff every year. The royals approve of you drinking this blended scotch both on its own and in cocktails.
As the world’s first organic London Dry gin, this bottling is pretty special. Everything from the grain to the botanicals are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers.
Founder Matthew Gloag introduced The Famous Grouse in 1896, and it’s grown to be the leading Scotch whisky in the U.K. and one of the top 10 in the world. Its line ranges from the classic namesake bottling to a 16-year-old spirit that’s double matured in sherry and bourbon casks.
The Symington family of W & J Grahams dates back 14 generations when it was one of the first port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal’s Douro Valley. The brand’s wood- and bottle-aged ports are considered some of the finest in the world.
The royals love their port wine, and Taylor Fladgate has been making it since 1692. The brand’s vineyards are also located in the Douro Valley, which sees harsh weather conditions during hot, dry summers and severe winters.
James Pimm first mixed his classic Pimm’s Cup in the 1840s, and it’s still enjoyed at sporting events and summer soirees the world over. The original Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin infused with botanicals, caramelized oranges and spices.
Thomas Hine & Co has been making Cognac for 254 years, and it’s had its royal warrant by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II since 1962. The Cognacs vary from wonderful vintages that are best sipped neat to balanced bottlings that are great for mixing in cocktails.