Over six seasons, we’ve followed the Crawley family from the Edwardian Era to the Roaring 20s – so what better way to send them off in style than with a few cocktails? We’ve gathered a few recipes from fellow Downton fans around the web that are sure to add some special sparkle to your premiere party.
And don’t forget to raise a glass with us on New Year’s Eve with our Downton Abbey Marathon!
The Dowager Countess
1 1/2 ounces of gin
1 1/2 ounces of sweet vermouth
3 dashes of Fernet Branca
1 1/2 ounces club soda, chilled
Orange twist for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet Branca. Stir until chilled, then strain into a coupe glass. Top with club soda.
Run the orange peel’s orange side along the glass and twist to express the oils. Drop into the glass or perch on the edge of the glass.
Mr. Bates Bittersweet Cocktail
1 ounce Amaro Nonino
1 ounce Pedro Ximenez Sherry
In a short glass filled with cracked ice, add the Amaro Nonino, the sherry and a couple of dashes of orange bitters. (Angostura bitters works well here too.)
Twist the orange peel to express its oils into the glass then drop it in as a garnish.
1 1/2 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed!)
1/2 ounce sloe gin (see note)
Sweet roseé champagne, chilled, such as Ballatore Spumante Rosso
Add the grapefruit juice and sloe gin to a flute. Top with champagne. Stir and serve.
1.5 oz Lillet Blanc
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4-5 basil leaves
brut champagne, chilled
Add the basil and lemon juice to your shaker and muddle. Add Lillet and ice and then shake and strain into a flute. Top with champagne.
The Earl of Grantham
2 ounces Beefeater 24
3/4 ounces Lillet Blanc
1/2 ounce lemon juice
2 1/2 ounces Earl Grey tea (chilled and sweetened)
1 mint sprig, for garnish
2 strawberries, for garnish
Orange wedge, for garnish
Add gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and tea to a large, ice-filled wineglass; stir. Garnish with mint, strawberries, and orange wedge.