The Queen’s Preferred Royal Wedding Cocktail

By on April 28, 2011

Like Mother, like daughter, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, loves her Dubonnet and Gin before lunch every day.  No doubt, tomorrow,  after all the kerfuffel in the morning what with Wills and Kate’s wedding,  the good queen may even order a double.

She developed her taste for Dubonnet and Gin cocktails from her sweet Mum, the late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who liked gin and Dubonnet: 30% gin, 70% Dubonnet with a slice of lemon under the ice.  She once noted before a trip, “I…I think that I will take two small botles of dubonnet and gin with me this morning,  in case it is needed…”

Tomorrow,  that cocktail will definitely be needed.

Dubonnet was first sold in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet, in an effort to get the French Foreign Legion to drink it because it contained quinine which helped combat malaria.  Dobonnet comes in three varieties:  Rouge (yes red), Blanc (yes white), and Gold (yes vanilla and orange but looking a bit like weak pee).

Dubonnet may be mixed with bitter lemon (like that heavenly Italian  stuff) or,  for tamer garden parties, with simple lemonade which will no doubt be passed at tomorrows’s Royal Wedding party.

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”



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