Queen ‘needed to seek solace’ says commentator
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Supermarket chain Waitrose has run out of £9.50 bottles of fortified wine Dubonnet following a surge in popularity. Even Amazon is struggling to stock up as its supplies are limited.
Incidentally, the Queen has only recently awarded a royal warrant to the drink, which will feature a “By appointment to HM the Queen” from next year only.
Simon de Beauregard, of owner Pernod Ricard, said in a statement: “The growth is partly due to lockdown, but we believe it is more to do with consumers looking for a lower-alcohol drink. It’s become fashionable with the young to use in Negroni cocktails.”
The royal family’s history with Dubonnet goes back decades as the Queen Mother was known as a fan of the French drink.
Invented by the French chemist Sir Joseph Dubonnet in 1846, it is a blend of fortified wines, herbs, spices and quinine, which in particular is known for its medicinal qualities, being a treatment for malaria.
The Queen Mother reportedly enjoyed mixing it with gin to make a cocktail.
She was quoted as saying once to an aide, “I will take two small bottles of Dubonnet and gin with me this morning, in case it is needed.”
Over the years the Queen also enjoyed a cocktail made out of Dubonnet as explained by her former chef Darren McGrady.
He told CNN in an interview: “She likes a gin and Dubonnet.
“That’s her favourite drink.”
The Queen’s cocktail was made with one part gin to two parts Dubonnet, served over ice and with a slice of lemon.
In 2009, there were even reports of staff at Lord’s cricket ground being sent to a supermarket to purchase some Dubonnet, by royal request.
In October, it was revealed that the Queen was advised by her doctors to stop drinking her favourite daily tipple in the evening.
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A family friend told Vanity Fair: “The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini.
“It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of the very few pleasures.”
According to palace sources, her drink of choice is often a dry martini which also happens to be Prince Charles’s favorite as well.
At dinner, the Queen usually enjoys a glass of sweet wine and, according to her late cousin Margaret Rhodes, she’s been known to drink a glass of champagne before bed.
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