Drinking Dubonnet

Dubonnet was my Mom’s drink of choice when I was in high school and college. She seemed so sophisticated to me. I had no idea what Dubonnet was and had no idea how to drink it. Apparently, I am the only one who didn’t know about this drink because legions of people have been drinking it for decades including Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother. Since 1846, Dubonnet has been a drink of choice for many people. This wine is a red fortified French aperitif. It’s made from a blend of red wine, herbs and spices. Most people blend it with Gin, some drink it neat and others on the rocks.

There are four steps to making this red wine: blend wines, add herbs and spices and a medicinal element from the bark of the Cinchona. Add Cane sugar for a touch of sweetness.

Dubonnet made ist way into our house during the lockdown because I used Drizly and I needed to add something to get to the minimum level. Then it came to me, Mom ordering Dubonnet before dinner. I got a bottle of Dubonnet, made her happy and just ordered another bottle. Sometimes, what is old is new again.

There are so many fun cocktails one can create including this one:



Pour chilled Dubonnet & Prosecco into a wine glass. Add ice if preferred. Garnish with a lemon twist.

I’m thinking Mom’s drink will one day become my own.

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