Raise a toast to Her Majesty on her birthday with this cocktail inspired by her favourite flower

Did you know that, along with corgis and her country, Queen Elizabeth II holds the primrose in high regard?  In fact, this pale gold flower - which heralds the arrival of spring in the UK - is the monarch’s favourite. Luckily, these little blooms open out just in time for her Royal Highness to celebrate her (real) birthday, on 21 April. In honour of the big day, here’s a recipe for The Primrose gin cocktail - many happy returns, your majesty!

THE PRIMROSE

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Method:

Combine the gin, lemon juice, Aperol, liqueur and bitters and stir. Strain into a coupe or martini glass and serve.

Top tip: Primrose is edible, so why not use it as a garnish? Check out our guide to using edible flowers as cocktail garnishes for more inspiration.

Ingredients:

50ml gin
50ml lemon juice
30ml Aperol
20ml Elderflower Liqueur
Dash of peach bitters