Royal Queen Cocktail
- 2 1/2 oz Dubonnet Rouge
- 2 1/2 oz Dry Gin
Shake royally. Serve over ice with a lemon twist.
Since its introduction in the 19th century by a Frenchman, Joseph Dubonnet, this wine-based aperitif has been a favorite among high society and especially with Britain's royal family. Widely reported as her pleasure of the day, the Queen Mother enjoyed a glass of Dubonnet and gin on the rocks before lunch, and she became synonymous with her favorite cocktail over the years. Today, the 159-year-old recipe for Dubonnet remains unchanged. Dubonnet is flavored with herbs and spices from around the world. It is aged for three years in oak casks to marry the flavors, resulting in its unique velvet texture and spicy sweetness.