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.
Elizabeth 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.
The 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.