Dubonnet is a French fortified wine aperitif, enhanced by herbs, spices and a bit of quinine. It first made its appearance in 1846 in response to a government-sponsored contest to encourage French Foreign Legionnaires to consume bitter-tasting quinine as protection against malaria.
Gin and Dubonnet cocktails began to rise in popularity in the 1900s, with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother having been quite a high-profile fan of the drink. Her recipe was 30% gin and 70% Dubonnet, with a slice of lemon under an ice cube. Like mother like daughter, Queen Elizabeth II also reportedly has a gin and Dubonnet each day at lunch. No need to wait for a malaria outbreak however, or hold out for a royal Jubilee to savor one of these properly pleasant cocktails.
- 1 oz gin
- 2 oz Dubonnet
- 1 lemon slice
- ice cubes
- a regal flair
- Pour the gin and Dubonnet a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir well.
- Strain the liquids into a chilled glass.
- Add the lemon slice, top with two ice cubes, and enjoy with an excess of reserved, yet jubilant regal flair.