In the course of Downton Abbey‘s six seasons on Masterpiece, we’ve followed the Crawley family from the Edwardian Era to the Roaring 20s. As they play host to King George V (the grandson of Victoria) in their Downtown Abbey film (set in 1927), what better way to wish them luck than with a few cocktails? We’ve gathered a few recipes from fellow Downton fans so you can add a spirited toast to a premiere party.
The Dowager Countess Cocktail
Bon mots are essential ingredients for a cocktail party. Take inspiration from the Dowager (Maggie Smith), who lobbed a zinger into nearly every episode of the series (highlights, above). We raise a glass to her return.
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
Cheers to Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle), a man with a bitter past, for winning the heart of sweet Anna (Joanne Froggatt). The loving couple is now taking care of their toddler – and the Crawleys – in the film.
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.
Lady Edith Cocktail
The blowup between second-fiddle sister Edith (Laura Carmichael) and domineering Mary (Michelle Dockery) was worthy of Downton Abbey‘s final season on Masterpiece. We wouldn’t be surprised if the film shows simmering resentments two years later. Would Edith sacrifice a cocktail to douse a flaming insult from Mary? Enjoy the privileged sisters’ delicious spats in the highlights reel, above.
1 1/2 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed!)
1/2 ounce sloe gin (see note)
Sweet rosé champagne, chilled, such as Ballatore Spumante Rosso
Add the grapefruit juice and sloe gin to a flute. Top with champagne. Stir and serve.
Lady Mary Cocktail
Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is beloved for her icy composure, so be sure her drink is properly chilled. Remember when Mr. Pamuk got iced during a night with Lady Mary?
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 Cocktail
After his horrific burst ulcer in Season 6, Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) can sit back and relax a bit more, now that his daughter Lady Mary is taking the reigns over the estate. Bonneville recalls his character’s tendency for other rash outbursts in this clip, above.
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.
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