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Dubonnet: A royal cocktail

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  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. Here is FNND’s slightly tastier version… you will need; 1.5 Oz Dubonnet 1 Oz Gin (Hendricks, Monkey or Tanqueray 10 are jolly good) 2 dashes of orange bitters 1 long, thin peice of lemon peel Method; Pour the Dubonnet, Gin and Bitters in an ice filled shaker (lots of ice) …

In search of the perfect Negroni

The Negroni is a classic cocktail combining a balance of bitter, sweet and flavours of pine, rhubarb, citrus and botanicals. The base spirits are all made from herbal element. Therefore, it’s a healthy drink with medicinal qualities – It sounds perfect for a complex cocktail… A cupboard should never be short of sweet vermouth, bitters and gin because the delectable Negroni is easy to make. We will impart some extensively researched knowledge to provide you with some ultimate Negroni recipes and alternative ingredients too. History The Negroni was born out of a search for a drink with potency … Tired of the Americano (Campari and soda) a customer of ‘Caffe Casoni’ suggested replacing soda with gin. To signify the different drink, the bartender added an orange slice instead of lemon. The drink was nearly born. It needed a name … The customer was Count Camillo Negroni, et voila! The  Basic Recipe This drink is built in a rocks glass, fill the glass with ice and combine 1 part gin – FNND prefers ‘Monkey 47’ gin for this …