When King Edward VII exchanged his horse drawn carriage for the new fangled glories of an open top Daimler his doctor deemed that it would take more than a touch of ermine to keep him warm and so Berry Bros, Britain's oldest wine merchants (est: 1698) was called upon to prepare a warming tonic for his Royal Highness to swig back whilst risking life and royal limb at the wheel.
Berry Bros, who have been based in the same olde worlde shop in St James' Street for over three centuries, chose ginger for its health properties as the basis for the warming toddy and regal elixir which became known as the 'King's Ginger' and has been celebrated by "bon viveurs, sporting gentlemen and high spirited ladies since 1903".
One should always take the opportunity to introduce one's guests to Royalty and since the Rev Elijah Craig was propping up the bar at home I thought it best to see how they mix.
The King's Ginger has become my favourite liqueur. The first wave of unctuous sweetness and the tang of sinfully dark ginger cake gives way to a kick as fiery as the devil's pitch fork.
Having paired it with Elijah Craig bourbon, I christened my cockle warmer a "Royal Reverend" and hereby bless all those who seek his spiritual council.
What's your favourite cocktail?