The Queen Mother cocktail

by Leah Hyslop

An eminently suppable gin cocktail

London is the home of gin, and there’s no better way to drink it than in this elegant cocktail. It’s so-named because the Queen Mother was said to be particularly fond of it.

Use a good quality London dry gin—I like East London Liquor Company’s, which has a slight hint of warmth from the cardamom and cubeb berries used to infuse it.


80ml Dubonnet
40ml London dry gin
Juice of ½ lemon
A strip of lemon zest, to serve


Shake the Dubonnet, gin and lemon juice together in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a strip of lemon zest. Sip regally.

Recipe: Leah Hyslop