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How to Make a Gin and Dubonnet, the Queen's Favorite Cocktail

Hint: It's easier than you think
How to Make a Gin and Dubonnet, tThe Queen's Favorite Cocktail
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It's come to our attention that Queen Elizabeth enjoys herself a bit of gin in the early morn, and ever since, we've had a hankering for not just any cocktail but for a royal cocktail. Thankfully, Her Majesty's drink of choice is a foolproof classic: the Dubonnet cocktail.

So how can you drink like British royalty in the comfort of your own palace home? First, you'll need a bottle of Dubonnet Rouge, a Parisian aperitif made from fortified wine, herbs, fruit zest and quinine. It's a cocktail staple and available at any liquor store, so don't worry: You won't have to go to Paris to find it.

Then, add ice, two parts Dubonnet, one part dry gin—Gordon's, if you want to be particularly British—and a slice of lemon to a cocktail shaker. Give it a good shake, strain into a cocktail glass, add a few more ice cubes and garnish with a lemon wedge or two.

There you have it: the queen of cocktails, ready to enjoy.

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