Gin and opera… two of Kevin’s favorites together as a cocktail! One might not normally think about mixing gin with Dubonnet, but it makes more sense when you realize Dubonnet is more than just a fortified wine; it contains quinine (which is what makes tonic so delicious). Dubonnet was almost single-handedly destroyed as a brand by Pia Zadora in the 1970s, but it dates back to 1846, and mixing it with gin was a favorite for Queens Elizabeth.
You can make your own with a 3:1 gin to Dubonnet ratio. Add bitters as desired. Stir with ice to chill and pour in a martini glass with a twist of orange or lemon.
Note: Some bartenders will serve variations on this, so be specific when ordering. Otherwise, you might end up having maraschino liqueur (or even syrup) added, which of course, is totally disgusting.
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