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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) …