A bittersweet, fortified wine-based apéritif flavored with herbs. Dubonnet comes in two styles: Dubonnet rouge (also called simply red), the richer of the two, is red-wine based and flavored with quinine; Dubonnet blanc (also called blond) is a drier (see dry), vermouth-style apéritif. Dubonnet originated in France but is now also made in the United States.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.