Archive of ‘Dubonnet’ category

Napoleon I, gin cocktail

Let us pause today to remember the most famous Corsican, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, creator of the Napoleonic Code, and, of course, the Napoleonic Wars. Not to sure how gin, an English tipple, wandered into this recipe, but the French-made Dubonnet Rouge makes up for that. Napoleon I 2 ounces of dry gin […]


Phoebe Snow, brandy cocktail

Phoebe Snow was an an early 1900s white-clad fictional character used to show how clean it was to travel on trains powered by anthracite coal. And then there is Phoebe Snow, the singer, song-writer and guitarist with crackling bluesy voice who died in 2011. Phoebe Snow 1 1/2 ounces brandy 1 1/2 ounces Dubonnet Rouge […]


Ante Apple, applejack cocktail

This is a variation on the Ante Cocktail from London’s Savoy Hotel bar. They use a mixture of Calvados, the famed apple brandy from France, and Cognac. For a lighter taste, we’re swapping out the French spirits for Laird’s Applejack, the New Jersey elixir. The few drops of lemon add a nice balance. Ante Up […]


Trois Rivières, riparian cocktail

This drink is named for a town on the banks of the St. Maurice River in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec Province. Hence the Canadian whiskey base and the French-made Dubonnet and Cointreau. Vive le Quebec libre! Trois Rivières 2 ounces Canadian whiskey 1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge 1 tablespoon Cointreau Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled […]


Bushranger, balanced cocktail

This drink is a good example of the balance created by the controlled use of bitters in a cocktail. Dubonnet, a French wine-based aperitif, gets lifted by the stronger alcohol in the rum. But the drink’s separate components are then linked by the dashes of Angostura. Bushranger 1 ounce Dubonnet 1 ounce white rum 2 […]


Dubonnet Riff, low alcohol cocktail

Dubonnet is a wine-based aperitif which includes — among its many ingredients —  a small amount of a quinine, a bitter herb. Dubonnet was created in the 1840s to convince French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine to combat malaria. Those Legionaires probably didn’t have the benefit of ice or soda. Today, Dubonnet […]