This historical cocktail made with premium gin and classic ingredients, aptly named the King Charles Cocktail, is set to charm bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts around the world.
Created by Highclere Castle Gin and taste tested by top chefs and mixologists, this innovative yet deceptively simple cocktail combines gin and Scotch, rarely seen together, but two quintessentially British spirits known to be favorites of His Majesty The King.
The King Charles cocktail showcases Highclere Castle Gin, a premium London dry gin made with a blend of botanicals from Highclere Castle’s famous estate. The single malt Scotch whisky lends a subtle smoky flavor that imparts sophistication and depth of character. The aromatic notes of freshly squeezed lemon juice added with the sweet taste of the orange curacao complement the Highclere Castle Gin and whisky pairing, creating decadent sophistication in a glass worthy of a coronation.
“The coronation is an extraordinary recognition of continuity. It is a wonderful idea to enjoy and share the King Charles Cocktail to celebrate His Majesty and lift our spirits,” says the Earl of Carnarvon, owner of Highclere Castle.
Highclere Castle Gin has selected the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) as the company’s official charity beneficiary. With her patronage, the QCT was launched in 2018 on Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday. The charity is focused on supporting social entrepreneurs. For the month of May, participating restaurants featuring the King Charles Cocktail will donate $1 per cocktail served to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, with proceeds benefiting young leaders and innovation.
“The King Charles Cocktail is a unique yet powerfully appropriate cocktail we are releasing with some of the finest restaurants and hotels worldwide. My vision was to design a cocktail, hoping that someday it might be considered a classic for people to enjoy and associate with this special moment in history. It is the ultimate toast to His Majesty’s lifetime commitment and service throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and on the world stage, and my god, it tastes good,” said Adam von Gootkin, Co-founder, and CEO of Highclere Castle Gin.
The King Charles Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz Highclere Castle Gin
- 1/4 oz Macallan 12 or Single Malt Scotch
- 1/2 oz Orange Curacao
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Preparation: Shake well in cocktail shaker, strain into cocktail coupe. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.