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The King’s Ginger Liqueur, the Netherlands


King Edward VII, playboy successor to his famously reserved mother, Queen Victoria, loved cigars, gambling and other assorted trappings of the leisure class. He also pioneered use of the automobile, or, as it was known around 1900, the horseless carriage. Berry Bros. & Rudd, booze purveyor to the monarchy, apparently created this bracing liqueur for the hard-driving King. Not a good idea. At 41-per-cent alcohol, it would have been more fitting inside the gas tank than in the king's stomach behind the wheel. But it's a compelling drink for fireside sipping; sweet but, more than most liqueurs, firm and spicy. Try it in place of whisky, brandy or rum in a hot toddy. Forget the honey and just add a squeeze of lemon. Brilliant.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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