We’re  stepping into the waaaaaay back machine for today’s history happy hour, all the way back to 1558 when, on 17 November, Queen Elizabeth I ascended the English throne.


“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too”
Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth’s parent’s were Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.  However, maternal bonds were not really allowed to develop as her father had her mother’s head lopped off when Elizabeth was just under 3 years old.

By the standards of the day, Elizabeth was a beauty with the lovely Tudor red-gold hair.  I wondered if  this might not be the be the reason for the apricot brandy in the Gloriana. 

Gloriana2Elizabeth ruled for 45 years and her reign saw the voyages of Drake and Raleigh and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.  The position of the Church of England was stabilised and the arts flourished.  Elizabeth even attended the première performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. 

Elizabeth was the last Tudor Monarch.  She died without an heir to the throne and the crown  passed to James I. 

Gloriana1The Gloriana is traditionally ungarnished.  Given our subject was the Virgin Queen herself, I thought my garnish was appropriate.  (In a totally inappropriate way!)

If you feel like raising a toast to Good Queen Bess, Gloriana herself, I can think of no better way than with this delicious cocktail.


History Happy Hour 1558 – The Gloriana

History Happy Hour  1558 – The Gloriana


  • 30ml Apricot Brandy
  • 15ml Gin
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice
  • Maraschino Cherry to garnish (optional)
  • Ice


  • Place the ice in a cocktail shaker and shake with the Apricot Brandy, Gin and Lemon Juice.
  • Strain and pour into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with the cherry if using.
  • Enjoy!


Signature 1 Paris Peace Sign





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