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The King’s Ginger Liqueur, the Netherlands Add to ...

  • Rating 91
  • Price $44.95

King Edward VII, playboy successor to his famously reserved mother, Queen Victoria, loved cigars, gambling and other assorted trappings of the leisure class. He also pioneered use of the automobile, or, as it was known around 1900, the horseless carriage. Berry Bros. & Rudd, booze purveyor to the monarchy, apparently created this bracing liqueur for the hard-driving King. Not a good idea. At 41-per-cent alcohol, it would have been more fitting inside the gas tank than in the king’s stomach behind the wheel. But it’s a compelling drink for fireside sipping; sweet but, more than most liqueurs, firm and spicy. Try it in place of whisky, brandy or rum in a hot toddy. Forget the honey and just add a squeeze of lemon. Brilliant.

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