Dubonnet Rouge Aperitif Wine is a Vermouth and has been a staple on the cocktail landscape since its introduction in 1846. Created by Parisian chemist / wine merchant Joseph Dubonnet as a means to make quinine more palatable for the soldiers battling malaria in North Africa, Dubonnet’s mix of fortified wine, a proprietary blend of herbs, spices and peels, and the medicinal quinine is a recipe that has earned it legendary status in the world of sophisticated drinks. Dubonnet’s enduring popularity can be largely credited to its versatility. In the words of noted mixologist Dale DeGroff, “With its rich ruby color, spicy aroma, and refreshing flavors, Dubonnet embodies the best of the aperitif cocktail.” Inspiring mixologists through the ages, Dubonnet earned its own eponymous cocktail – made from equal parts Dubonnet and dry gin, topped off with a splash of orange bitters and a twist of lemon – in the early 1900s. Reputedly it is the preferred beverage of: the French Foreign Legion and HM Queen Elizabeth II, who likes Gin and Dubonnet.