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Dubonnet Co., USA
38 proof


Dubonnet is a blend of fortified wine, herbs, spices, peels & quinine. Yes, quinine. Because of quinine’s malaria-fighting capabilities, Dubonnet was originally developed in 1846 by Parisian chemist Joseph Dubonnet as a means to make the tonic more palatable (even enjoyable) to French Foreign Legion troops stationed in North Africa. The blend proved popular & took off as an aperitif wine (often mixed with lemon) & later in the cocktail scene as a preferred sweet vermouth.

Dubonnet has aromas of cherry, mint, lemon & spices & a big sweet flavor of cherry, red berries & orange. Undertones of various herbs & spices, as well as roasty hints of chocolate and coffee, are also present. There is a slight bitterness from the herbs and quinine, but Dubonnet is primarily sweet.

Because it is a vermouth, Dubonnet can be substituted as an ingredient in a huge assortment of cocktails, from the Manhattan to the Negroni. As an aperitif, it is consumed straight, on the rocks, mixed with citrus juice (usually lemon), soda water, or in a simple cocktail (single spirit). It is said that Queen Elizabeth II takes a Dubonnet & gin (70/30 split) everyday before lunch. It can also be mixed into more complex cocktails & is a primary ingredient in the Arnaud’s Special Cocktail, Blackthorn Cocktail, Blue Paradise, Dandy Cocktail & Sanctuary cocktail.