A Cocktail Homage to Downton Abbey

To know me is to know I am a HUGE fan of the PBS/Masterpiece Classics series Downton Abbey. So much so, in fact, that I am currently engrossed in a history of Highclere Castle, where Downtown Abbey is filmed. Despite K’s aversion to historical costume dramas, he was kind enough to create a cocktail for me so I can really enjoy my version of “must see TV.” Don’t listen to the Dowager Countess when she says, when offered a cocktail, “No, no, I don’t think so. They look too exciting for so early in the evening.” This cocktail is perfect for any time and {SPOILER} I certainly hope it’s what poor Lady Edith drank after she got left at the altar.

Lady Edith Altar

Image Credit: Courtesy of © Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

The Jilted Lady Cocktail

1 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin
1 oz. Creme de Violette liqueur
2 oz. Tazo “Calm” tea (or chamomile tea will work)
1/4 oz. simple syrup
juice of 1/4 lemon

Shake well in a martini shaker with ice, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

This isn’t a great photo, but it’s a GREAT cocktail and, as you can see, the entire Grantham clan agrees.

jilted lady downton abbey cocktail


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