The Queen's favorite cocktail is off the menu as she's urged to give up alcohol by concerned doctors

The Queen's favorite cocktail has long been a nightly tradition which she often pairs with a glass of the finest Champagne

French President Francois Hollande and Queen Elizabeth ll enjoy toasting each other during a State Banquet at the Elysee Palace on June 6, 2014 in Paris, France.
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The Queen's favorite cocktail has been a part of her daily routine for many years throughout her reign. Unfortunately, it looks like the bar is closed as her majesty has been advised by her doctors to quit drinking, following growing concerns about her health. 

The Yuletide season can be tense for families, royal or not. Recently, the board game banned by the Queen was revealed after the Royal Family’s competitive spirit saw them turn ‘vicious' one year. 

If anything could leave a person in need of a beverage, it's moments like this on December 25. Sadly, however, the Queen could be facing a dry Christmas after doctors advised her to quit alcohol for her health. 

While Her Majesty has never been a heavy drinker (hangovers and ruling the country don’t exactly mix), she’s no teetotaller either. The 95-year-old monarch is said to enjoy a nightcap to wind down from her busy workdays, often sipping on dry martinis as her tipple of choice. 

It's also been widely reported that she indulges in a flute of bubbly before she goes to bed, opting for luxurious Champagne brands like Bollinger and Lanson. 

With a birthday feast of rice cakes and fruit in front of her, Britain's Queen Elizabeth drinks a cup of rice wine after being toasted on her birthday in the 400-year-old village of Hahoe, near the city of Andong April 21.

The Queen loves a dry martini before bed 

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However, it looks like the Queen might have to ditch the daily ritual permanently, following doctors’ advice that she gives up alcohol to ensure she remains in peak health for her upcoming royal engagements. 

The new year is lined up to be fairly hectic for the great-grandmother, with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 expected to be one of the largest royal celebrations in history. The four-day-long event will require the Head of State to be in top form, so it’s no surprise she’s been ordered to cut back on the booze. 

“The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini,” a family friend revealed. “It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures.” 

Queen Elizabeth II toasts US President George W. Bush after remarks at the start of a White House State Dinner for the British monarch and Prince Philip 07 May 2007 in Washington, DC. The queen last visited the United States in 1991 when Bush's father was president.

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The Queen is also known to drink at dinner, usually opting for the French wine-based aperitif Dubonnet to accompany her meal. So beloved is Dubonnet, the Queen's favorite tipple, that it even got a royal seal of approval. If that’s not in stock, she’ll happily take a glass of sweet German wine, according to her former private chef Darren McGrady. 

Her taste for fine liquor has been inherited by Prince Charles, who reportedly shares his mother’s love of dry martinis. He and Duchess Camilla have even turned this passion into a business, launching their own gin made with herbs from their Highgrove House garden. 

Unfortunately, it looks like the Royal Family matriarch won’t be sampling any of her son's homemade gin any time soon. Recently the Queen’s ‘weight loss’ after her return to work concerned royal fans but despite heartbreaking milestones and her latest health concerns, the Queen is 'looking forward' to hosting royal family Christmas.

Queen uses walking stick in Wales 2021

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As for her overall physical wellbeing, the Queen has been blessed with good health throughout her 69-year-long reign. Aside from a knee operation in 2003 and cataract surgery in 2018, Her Majesty has had very few stints in the hospital. It's been said that her tiptop condition can be attributed to her healthy lifestyle, which includes avoiding cigarettes and eating a balanced diet. 

Of course, she's also been privileged with strong genes on her maternal side. While her father, King George VI, died of cancer at the age of 56, the Queen's mother lived until the ripe old age of 101. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.