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Gin Dubonnet Cocktail

Drinks | November 01, 2015 | Nik Manojlovich
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  • 5 Minutes
  • Serves 1

Simplicity reigns for this delicious GIN DUBONNET COCKTAIL, reputed to be Queen Elizabeth’s favourite midday libation! Here’s a toast to Queen E and her exceptional drink!

I have both respect and admiration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and when she became the longest-reigning monarch in British history this past September, I raised a glass (or two) to her continued health and happiness.

Then I started wondering “But what does she drink? What is Queen Elizabeth’s libation of choice?” A bit of research revealed that her enjoyment of the occasional tipple involves a gin Dubonnet cocktail, which also happened to be the favourite of her late mother. I figured I’d better investigate further – after all, if two queens were giving it the royal “oui” then perhaps I should as well!

The cocktail has only three ingredients, the main one being red Dubonnet. Dubonnet is a fortified wine that contains herbs, spices and quinine, a bitter ingredient that gives the cocktail a bit of an edge.

The second ingredient is gin, and I suggest you splurge and purchase a premium brand. A high-end gin will have more pronounced flavours of juniper, anise, angelica and coriander, adding layers of flavour to its spicy, fruity taste.

The last ingredient is a slice of lemon, although I also serve the cocktail with soda on the side just in case someone likes to fizz it up a bit.

I suggest serving this cocktail on the rocks in an attractive cocktail glass as a midday or early evening refresher, enjoying it anytime between noon and six o’clock sharp.

Three essential ingredients producing one regal result. Enjoy a drink fit for a queen, and sip away on a GIN DUBONNET COCKTAIL today!

We offer the above recipe with a reminder to please drink responsibly!


Ingredients & Amounts

  • 2 ounces Dubonnet, red
  • 1 ounce premium gin
  • 1 slice of lemon


  1. Pour red Dubonnet and gin into an attractive cocktail glass and stir.
  2. Add two or three ice cubes and one slice of lemon. Serve immediately.
Listen on MUSIC

Listening to great music is an important part of every Weekend at the Cottage! In writing this post I listened to Elgar conducts Elgar – BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall Orchestra & Sir Edward Elgar. This important BBC recording offers some of Elgar’s most famous compositions including Pomp and Circumstance. I believe her Majesty would approve!


Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.


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