Bonal Gentiane Quina is an aperitif that has things in common with both amari and sweet vermouth. It is an infusion of herbs like gentian and chinchona bark (also called quina, the source of quinine) in a fortified wine base that was first made in 1865.
Bonal is 32 proof, reddish brown in color, and moderately sweet. It smells and tastes strongly of red fruits like plums and cherries, but also herbs and licorice. The palate has a medium bodied texture, and has both the herbal bitterness of gentian and the chalky bitterness of chinchona intermixed with honey, plums and herbal flavors.
Bonal is imported into the United States by Haus Alpenz.
Some popular cocktails containing Bonal Gentiane Quina
- The Original Dirty Liver — Batavia Arrack, Maraschino Liqueur, Cynar, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Lime juice
- Bells and Whistles — Bourbon, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Apricot liqueur, Amontillado Sherry, Averna
- Nasturtium — Bianco Vermouth, Ginger liqueur, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Lemon peel
- Spice Trade (Ran Duan) — Genever, Guatemalan rum, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Bitters, Orange peel
- Boulevardier Riff (Fred Sarkis) — Bourbon, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Cynar, Orange bitters, Salt