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Dubonnet was created by Joseph Dubonnet in 1846 as a way of making quinine palatable to French soldiers in malaria-ravaged regions of northern Africa. It contains fortified wine, herbs, spices, and peels, as well as quinine. Dubonnet can be described as an 'aromatized wine'.
The appeal of Dubonnet went further than medicinal use, and it became a highly popular apéritif. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is know to favor Dubonnet, which can be drunk as is, or in cocktails. The Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee is said to have created more demand than usual for her favorite tipple, which she mixes with gin. There is an excellent set of cocktail recipes on the Dubonnet website.
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