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Dubonnet is a sweet, wine-based aperitif. It is a blend of fortified wine, herbs, and spices (including a small amount of quinine),[1] with fermentation being stopped by the addition of alcohol.

Dubonnet was first sold in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet, in response to a competition run by the French authorities to find a way of persuading French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine.[2] Quinine combats malaria but is very bitter.

The brand-name Dubonnet was taken over by Pernod Ricard in 1976. It was re-popularised in late 1970s by an advertising campaign starring Pia Zadora. It is available in Rouge, Blanc and Gold (vanilla and orange) varieties. Dubonnet is also widely known by the advertisement slogan of the French graphic designer Cassandre "Dubo, Dubon, Dubonnet", which still can be found on walls of houses in France. Dubonnet is commonly mixed with lemonade or bitter lemon, and forms part of many cocktails. Reputedly it is a favourite beverage of:

Dubonnet has been said to be similar to Buckfast Tonic Wine.[6]

Cocktails that include Dubonnet as one of their ingredients

  • Alfonso, The
  • Apple Dubonnet
  • Bentley
  • Dubonnet Cassis
  • Dubonnet Cocktail
  • Dubonnet Delight
  • Dubonnet Fizz
  • Dubonnet Helado
  • Dubonnet Highball
  • Dubonnet Kiss
  • Dubonnet Manhattan
  • Dubonnet Negroni
  • Dubonnet Royal
  • Opera Cocktail
  • Red Moonlight
  • Rum Dubonnet
  • Savoy Hotel Special
  • Trois Rivieres
  • Mummy Love
  • Marble Hill
  • Napoleon
  • Karl-Gerhard
  • Bossunova Belt
  • Magic Juice

See also

  • Gin and tonic, another drink invented to encourage European colonial soldiers in tropical climates to take quinine.


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  • Dubonnet — Dubonnet; dubonnet; …   English syllables

  • Dubonnet — sweet French aperitif, 1913, trademark name, from the name of a family of French wine merchants …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dubonnet — Dubo Dubon Dubonnet Le Dubonnet est une marque de vermouth français sec, rouge ou blanc. Sommaire 1 Historique 2 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dubonnet — Französisches Werbeplakat von Jules Chéret (1895) Der Dubonnet ist ein von Joseph Dubonnet im Jahre 1846 erstmals verkaufter Aperitif, der dem Vermouth sehr ähnlich ist. Die Basis für den Dubonnet bildet Wein, der mit Chinarinde und weiteren… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dubonnet — /dooh beuh nay , dyooh / 1. Trademark. a brand of sweet, red or white, aromatized wine, used chiefly as an apéritif. n. 2. (l.c.) a deep purple red color. adj. 3. (l.c.) of the color dubonnet. * * * …   Universalium

  • dubonnet — noun the reddish purple colour of the apéritif …   Wiktionary

  • Dubonnet — n. trademark for sweet aromatized French wine used mainly as an aperitif …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Dubonnet — [d(j)u: bɒneɪ] noun trademark a type of sweet red vermouth made in France. Origin from the name of a family of French wine merchants …   English new terms dictionary

  • dubonnet — du·bon·net …   English syllables

  • Dubonnet — n. propr. 1 a sweet French aperitif. 2 a glass of this. Etymology: name of a family of French wine merchants …   Useful english dictionary

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