Contrary to what you might have heard, Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t drink four cocktails a day
One of the most popular posts on Cheblogudo described Winston Churchill’s prodigious daily drinking routine, so when several international media sources broke the news of Queen Elizabeth’s alleged four-cocktails-a-day habit, it caught our attention. This is how Food and Wine initially summarized Her Majesty’s daily alcohol intake:
Just before lunch Queen Elizabeth reportedly has her first cocktail of the day, a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice, according to Darren McGrady, a former royal chef.
Then, during lunch, McGrady revealed to The Telegraph that the Queen will pair her simple lunch of vegetables and fish with a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate.
“She loves it,” McGrady said.
Moreover, Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, claims that the Queen will also imbibe in a dry gin martini with lunch for good measure.
The Queen then balances out her day during afternoon tea, where she sips on an herbal drink and enjoys another sweet, such as a slice of pie or chocolate biscuit cake.
Finally, the Queen ends her day with a light dinner and follows a “no starch” rule if she’s dining alone, according to McGrady. She then finishes it all off with an elegant glass of champagne before heading off to bed.
Four drinks a day, of which three by mid-afternoon? If it seemed too good to be true, that’s because the story turned out to be, in the words of the Queen’s transatlantic counterpart, “fake news.”
Darren McGrady spoke with CNN to set the record straight about the queen’s drinking habits, telling the outlet that his accent and a bad phone connection let to a miscommunication. “All I said was she likes a gin and Dubonnet. That’s her favorite drink,” he explained. “She doesn’t wake up in the morning and have a large gin and tonic. She certainly doesn’t drink four glasses a day.” Turns out, our fascination with the Queen’s boozy inclinations was, sadly, short-lived.
Ah, those perfidious British accents can cause so much trouble… But since some media outlets that recycled this story couldn’t be bothered to publish a correction, Cheblogudo is setting the record straight here, reminding you that not everything you read on the internet is true. Unless you read it on Cheblogudo.