The Queen’s love of gin might just be her secret to a long life


If you’ve ever thought ‘just how does The Queen look quite so fabulous at the age of 92?’ we might have the answer.

You might recall a 100-year-old woman from Sussex called Mabel Jackson who swore gin and tonics not only helped her through a host of everyday problems but kept her fit as a fiddle.

She told the Suffolk Gazette: “I have two at lunchtime, one at tea time with a biscuit and then three more during the evening while I do my knitting. I swear the gin keeps me young!”

On doctor’s advice, Mabel gave up smoking, but there was no way she was going to stop downing her favourite drink.

She revealed that she drinks a whopping six gin and tonics a day—and has been drinking since age 18. And she’s not the only fan of old Mother’s Ruin.

It’s a well known fact that the Queen loves a few G&Ts herself. It’s even reported that she has a daily gin and Dubonnet cocktail before lunch, plus a gin dry martini with lunch.

Meet the Queen’s favourite cocktail, The Dubonnet

If you’re not familiar with the Queen’s favourite cocktail, let us fill you in. It’s actually based on a sweet red wine-based aperitif, Dubonnet.  (The Queen reportedly likes hers with two parts Dubonnet and one part gin, two ice cubes and a lemon slice if you’re interested)

Perhaps, like Mabel, it’s the numerous occasions she has to celebrate that keeps her love of all things gin alive.

“It’s lovely to see the young ones,” Mabel told the Suffolk Gazette on the subject of her grandchildren, “but they are quite boisterous and once they’ve gone I definitely need a G&T.”

Now, we’re not suggesting one should down multiple gin and tonics a day, but it does seem the drink has been a handy elixir for our wiser elders.

Remember that not all of us can be as hardy as Mabel or Elizabeth II though so we don’t advocate excessive drinking.

In fact, the NHS defines binge drinking as consuming more than 2-3 drinks a day or 6 units in total. But we’re happy to enjoy moderately and reap the possible benefits.

It’s also pretty wonderful to feel royal appreciation for our favourite drink –  long live the Queen!


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