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Drinks! 2018


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Last week, an LA Times columnist reminisced about Queen Elizabeth's visits to California, ending this column Unexpected humor and ‘a spot of gin’: Queen Elizabeth II’s Sacramento visit remembered thusly:

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I did a Google search to inquire about the queen’s drinking habits. One website, quoting a cousin, said she routinely had four drinks a day: a gin and Dubonnet cocktail in the morning, wine at lunch, a dry martini before dinner, then a glass of champagne.

 

In the unlikely event that I decide to get up at 3 AM tomorrow to watch her funeral on TV, I thought I'd practice with one of those gin and Dubonnet cocktails:

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Using the proportions David Lebovitz gives for the Reine Rouge in his book, Drinking French.  Two parts Dubonnet rouge, 1 part gin with a lemon twist. Served over ice, as I did, or up. 

It does go down quite easily!

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15 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

she routinely had four drinks a day: a gin and Dubonnet cocktail in the morning, wine at lunch, a dry martini before dinner, then a glass of champagne.

Crikey, if I had four drinks a day I’d be able to rule an Empire too!  I am a huge fan of Queen Elizabeth II and cannot believe this to be true. But I’m prepared to give it a try. That Dubonnet cocktail in the morning might be hard to keep down though!  Kudos to you. I love the simplicity of the drink. 

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27 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

Last week, an LA Times columnist reminisced about Queen Elizabeth's visits to California, ending this column Unexpected humor and ‘a spot of gin’: Queen Elizabeth II’s Sacramento visit remembered thusly:

 

In the unlikely event that I decide to get up at 3 AM tomorrow to watch her funeral on TV, I thought I'd practice with one of those gin and Dubonnet cocktails:

35BD26BD-ACBB-4390-A9AA-A1220C397FA9_1_201_a.thumb.jpeg.35f47464da7e23e17eeec0b10c0cf495.jpeg

Using the proportions David Lebovitz gives for the Reine Rouge in his book, Drinking French.  Two parts Dubonnet rouge, 1 part gin with a lemon twist. Served over ice, as I did, or up. 

It does go down quite easily!

Maybe Patrick or Michael will provide a “reminder” (aka hairball) around that time. After that you’ll surely need a Gin and Dubonnet!🤣

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5 minutes ago, Anna N said:

Crikey, if I had four drinks a day I’d be able to rule an Empire too!  I am a huge fan of Queen Elizabeth II and cannot believe this to be true. But I’m prepared to give it a try. That Dubonnet cocktail in the morning might be hard to keep down though!  Kudos to you. I love the simplicity of the drink. 

 

A year or three ago, prior to Boris' ascension as Prime Minister, The Economist published a fictional account of the American ambassador's confidential diplomatic cable home to the State Department following Elizabeth's fictional visit to the embassy and Her Majesty's beverage choices.  "Protocols may need to be updated."

 

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