Toast the memory of Her Majesty with this trio of royalty-inspired tipples, all featuring Lizzie’s beloved Dubonnet
From her bowl of Special K in the morning to her Friday lunches of fish and chips, Queen Elizabeth II’s fondness for simple, everyday dishes is one of the reasons why her connection with the public was so strong. She also had a sweet tooth, which she would sate most afternoons with scones with jam and clotted cream.
Just as well-documented was her habitual tipple before lunch and dinner, and few drinks were closer to her heart than a glass of gin and Dubonnet. Known around the world as the ‘Queen’s cocktail’, it was also a favourite of the Queen Mother, and both enjoyed a glass before lunch to rouse their appetite.
Similar to a Negroni, but with a sweeter edge, Dubonnet is a concoction of red wine, herbs and spices, and its mix of sweet and bitter flavours pairs wonderfully with gin’s citrus notes.
So, if you want to raise a glass to the Queen’s memory and boost your cocktail game at the same time, give these royalty-approved tipples a go, starting with the OG…
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The classic: gin and Dubonnet
You only need two key ingredients to master this mix. It’s also a great way to use up some of that leftover Gordon’s from your summer garden parties.
Crushed ice and/or two ice cubes, optional
2oz Dubonnet Rouge
1oz dry gin
- Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice (if using).
- Pour in your measures of Dubonnet and gin.
- Twist your lemon peel to release its aromas and drop into the glass.
- Pop in your ice cubes and enjoy.
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The Opera: gin, Dubonnet and Maraschino liqueur
This one’s a little bit like a martini, but the Maraschino liqueur gives it a hint of sour cherry. Grab your favourite martini glass, but leave the shaker in the cupboard, you’ll just need something to mix it in for this.
3oz dry gin
1oz Dubonnet Rouge
½oz Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon or orange peel
- Pour ice into your mixing glass and fill up to halfway.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Stir for about 30 seconds until the mixture is nice and chilled.
- Strain the drink into a Martini glass.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange peel.
Dubonnet Manhattan: bourbon, Dubonnet and vermouth
While the original Dubonnet was invented by a Parisian wine merchant in the mid-19th century, the US has its own equally popular version, which is slightly sweeter by comparison. This drink pays homage to the classic American cocktail by swapping out gin for an American bourbon.
1oz American Dubonnet
¼oz dry vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Pour ice into your mixing glass and fill up to halfway
- Add the bourbon, the American Dubonnet and the vermouth
- Stir the mix continuously with a spoon until the liquid is chilled
- Strain the drink into the martini glass
- Garnish it with your cherry