Lizzie launches Queen of the Road cocktail

Let’s drink to Otley’s ‘Queen of the Road’

 Cocktail created to honour Lizzie Armitstead


Otley people and cycle fans will now be able to toast the success of the town’s World Cycling Champion, Lizzie Armitstead, with a drink named in her honour, thanks to Otley Pub Club.


The club has created, in conjunction with one of the town’s pubs, The Fleece, the ‘Queen of the Road’ cocktail in honour of Lizzie and her success. The drink is designed to reflect the colours of her team sponsor, Boels Dolmans, red, yellow and black. The cocktail is made of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup and served unmixed in a tall glass, dressed with homemade black crystal sugar & a slice of blood orange.  The non-alcohol version is without the tequila.


Speaking at the launch of the cocktail with Lizzie at the Fleece, Otley Pub Club chairman, Andy FitzGerald said: “We are all very proud in Otley of Lizzie and her success and wanted to show our support in a fun way. We are delighted she has been able to help us launch the cocktail in person. We will be rooting for her in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and we wish her every success in 2016 and at the Rio Olympics when we will be raising a glass or two of the ‘Queen of the Road’ cocktail.”


Commenting Lizzie said: “This is a first for me. Obviously my gold medal was first on my wish list but this is a bonus. I am a proud Otley girl and excited that the people of Otley can have a drink in my name, as until after Rio 2016 I can’t. Cheers!.”


The cocktail was developed by the landlord of the Fleece, Fred Bell, at the request of Otley Pub Club which is a voluntary community organisation with over 300 members. It was founded by the local MP Greg Mulholland, now its Hon president, six years ago to support and campaign for the town’s pubs.  Further details about the club can be found at


PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured at the launch of the ‘Queen of the Road’ cocktail at the Fleece with Lizzie Armitstead (centre) are left to right Greg Mulholland MP, the hon. president of Otley Pub Club, Fred Bell landlord of the Fleece, Rosie Greaves from Otley Pub Club and Andy FitzGerald, club chairman.

Photo by Ian Stuart, Otley Camera Club.

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