A Favorite Cocktail In Memory of HRM Queen Elizabeth II
How you doin’? We have the deepest respect for the lady that wore the Crown of England for the last 70-years. Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom from 6 February 1952 until her death last week on 8 September 2022. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the second-longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country—an extraordinary reign.
Elizabeth was known for many things, but for today I would like to address one of her favorite after-a-day’s hard work evening cocktails. Being a Royal is hard work, not like digging a ditch hard, but always being ‘on stage.’ The queen was partial to gin—her favorite—Buckingham Palace branded gin made with botanicals grown on the palace grounds. Wouldn’t it be nice to have cocktails mixed every night with what many consider the best gin in the kingdom?
In celebration of the Queen’s 70 years, put on your biggest fascinator (ugly English lady’s hat) and pour yourself a super fancy cocktail—the Queen’s favorite—the Dubonnet and Gin cocktail. It does appear that this was the go-to drink for the past monarch. Queen Elizabeth would sip one for long periods of time at social events.
The Dubonnet is an apéritif cocktail that’s just unique and rare enough to make a splash in any social setting. Once wildly popular, this aromatic drink has become a bit rarer in recent years, however, it is now making a resurgence.
If you want to be a member in good standing in the non-royal drinking social circle, you have to first understand what is an apéritif cocktail. An apéritif is an alcoholic beverage meant to stimulate the appetite, which is why the Queen preferred to drink this particular cocktail right before a meal. Apéritifs are usually dry beverages instead of sweet. They tend to be served with appetizers or an amuse-bouche.
Dubonnet is a sweet wine apéritif—a blend of fortified red wine, herbs, spices, and quinine. It has a fruity, spicy flavor and hails from France. Dubonnet was originally marketed in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet.
A perfect Dubonnet cocktail is a particularly potent cocktail made from one part gin and two parts Dubonnet, which is part of why it is so small. Once strained, the final result comes out to only about two and a half ounces.
Although the Queen had a staff member whose job it was to mix this perfect cocktail drink for her every day, the rest of us can make it rather easily at home as well. The Dubonnet Cocktail done the Queen’s way requires just four ingredients.
Prep time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
2 ounces of Dubonnet
1 ounce of gin
1 lemon slice
A Suitable Toast for the Day: “The Queen Is Dead; Long Live The King!”
ChefSecret: In 2021, the Queen awarded a royal warrant to Dubonnet. The royal warrant is seldom handed out and has only been given to a handful of companies during the Queen’s reign. This warrant means that from now on, all Dubonnet bottles will have the royal mark to show they have earned this designation. Other past recipients include Bollinger Champagne, Lanson and Pol Roger, Hine Cognac, and Laphroaig Scotch. It is a seriously special designation.
Quip of the Day: “I love water especially when it’s frozen in cubes and surrounded by Gin.”
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