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The London Olympics… at Kensington Design

Going well so far…..isn’t it – The London Olympics..

The only answer a client informed us – was to drink our way through this whole sporting thing.
Choose something you never touch – just to give it a sense of ‘occasion.’
Dubonnet….is the chap….if it’s good enough for the Queen in Jubilee Year and the Foreign Legion it’s good enough to combat London 2012.

It is a sweet, wine-based aperitif – a blend of fortified wine, herbs, and spices (including a small amount of quinine – good for arthritis, night cramps, muscle relaxant perfect Olympic ingredient) It was first sold in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet, in response to a competition run by the French Government to find a way of persuading French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine which combats malaria, but is very bitter.
I once sat next to an elegant, then elderly, now dead, racehorse trainer – …he said he had introduced Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to Dubonnet and how to drink it…..he was a charming man with reputedly exceptional horizontal dexterity along with a penchant for wealthy wives…..when he was about to marry his second wife, a diamond heiress with an achingly beautiful collection of paintings, Monet, Degas etc…..he mother was heard sigh
‘Oh dear – the poor boy’s got his tool stuck in the till again….’

• Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, cocktail – gin and Dubonnet: 30% gin, 70% Dubonnet with a slice of lemon under the ice. She once noted before a trip, “…I think that I will take two small bottles of Dubonnet and gin with me this morning, in case it is needed…”

Queen Elizabeth II, it is said likes a Dubonnet and gin before lunch every day –

And lemon must be one of your ‘five….’