We should all be so lucky as to have a favorite “pre-lunch cocktail,” and this one, which sounds delightfully refreshing despite its medicinal roots, might soon be yours.
Dubonnet (about $12 for 750 ml) is an aperitif that’s a combination of fortified wine, a proprietary blend of peels, spices and herbs, and a bit of the medicine quinine. It was created in the 1840s to make quinine more palatable for French Foreign Legion Troops, who needed to drink it to combat malaria, according to Drink of the Week.
ABC reports that her majesty’s recipe calls for two parts Dubonnet Rouge and one part Gordon’s gin, stirred and strained into a glass, followed by a slice of lemon and exactly two cubes of ice.
It was a particular favorite of her mother, but it’s not the only drink Elizabeth enjoys. According to The Independent, she also drinks wine with lunch, sips a martini in the evening and drinks Champagne before bed.
All solid options, sure, but none sound quite as appealing during these hazy days of summer as the icy, lemony sweet 11 a.m. cocktail.
And if the thought of throwing one back in the morning isn’t your speed, consider the fact that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere ― like, say, the U.K.?