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When Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles tie the knot on Saturday, April 9th, you can toast the royal couple with a glass of the Queen Mother’s favorite cocktail (or tipple) made with Dubonnet and gin on the rocks.

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.

At the top of many mixologists’ lists of aromatic wines, 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.

Today, Dubonnet is sold throughout the world in both Rouge and Blanc varieties, and is the number one selling aperitif brand in the United States. Many call it a “super-classic” cocktail for its versatility. With an alcohol content of only 19 percent, Dubonnet is an ideal prelude to any meal throughout the year – on the rocks with soda – or with the Queen Mother’s favorite accompaniments.

As Joseph Dubonnet would have said, “A royal wedding deserves a royal favorite! Let’s all toast the happy couple.”

The Dubonnet Queen’s Cocktail
2½ oz. Dubonnet Rouge
2½ oz. Dry Gin

Shake royally.
Serve over ice with a lemon twist.

Originally published April 2005
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