Dubonnet Cocktail Recipe

Jessica Leibowitz

In a post about aperitif wines such as vermouth and quinquinas, I grumbled that the beauty of appetite-enhancing drinks is largely overlooked in the U.S. But while light, bitter aperitifs aren't quite in vogue in these parts, during the 20th century a somewhat more potent aperitif cocktail enjoyed a good degree of popularity.

Sometimes known as "the Zaza," the Dubonnet Cocktail dates to around 1914, when it appeared in a book called Drinks, by Jacques Straub. An incredibly easy-to-prepare mixture of dry gin and Dubonnet, a French quinquina, the Dubonnet Cocktail has a mild, palate-prompting bitterness and a satisfying complexity of flavor that makes it perfect as a pre-prandial drink, while still bearing enough alcoholic oomph to rub the edges off a long work week.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 1/2 ounces dry gin

  • 1 1/2 ounces Dubonnet


  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use as garnish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
167 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 42mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)