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COCKTAIL HOUR – THE DOWNTON ABBEY

I think it is no secret how much I love a good cocktail every now and then (I’m no lush, really.)  Normally in this little forum of my blogosphere, I treat you to classic cocktail recipes to soothe your savage soul.  However, as I’m a fan of Downton Abbey, and I’m not a fan of sherry, I wanted to find something to jazz my evening viewing of my current favorite series up.  Fortunately, as my partner in crime Lily was coming over to watch with me, I had an excuse to come up with something a little more interesting.  So onto the internet I went a-searching.  I came across mention of Dan Stevens, the gorgeous beau who plays Matthew Crawley, having tweeted back in August about a cocktail served at Oliver’s Bar inside of the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle, Washington.  Called the Downton Abbey, this little cocktail looked interesting, so I thought I would share it with Lily as well as you, my lovelies.  Anyway, on the eve of Downton Abbey doing so well at the Golden Globes, I think they would want to celebrate too, wouldn’t you say?

Lady by Choice - Downton Abbey Cocktail

Ingredients

If you are making it at home, this cocktail is not cheap to prepare.  Unless you happen to have Hendricks gin in your cabinet (I did), St. Germain (I didn’t), and champagne, it can put you back a pretty penny.  Easily $80 if you’re starting from scratch.  Now the St. Germain will get you through many drinks, so you won’t have to replenish for a while.  But if you’re trying the drink on a whim, be prepared. Also, unless you’re making cocktails for a crowd, a little split of sparkling wine will do you.  It is just a floater on top, so I don’t think you need to go high quality, though my friend Jeff, who has a wine blog, may thwack me on the head for even thinking so.  I went on the cheap end for my faux champagne.
Lady by Choice - Downton Abbey Cocktail
The ingredients are as follows:
DOWNTON ABBEY
Recipe from the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle, Washington
Ingredients:
  • Lime, one half
  • Hendricks gin, 3 parts
  • St. Germain, 2 parts (St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur – I found it at BevMo)
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Spiral of citrus rind (garnish)
I took my cocktail shaker, filled it with ice, and squeezed in the juice of the lime half.  Into the shaker I added the gin and St. Germain and a shake, shake, shake I went.  The photos I’ve seen of the drink show it in a tall, deep martini glass – I used my standard martini glass.  I poured my shaker contents into the martini glass and topped it with the champagne.  I tried the contents straight from the shaker and it also tastes very smooth and tasty as is.  The champagne adds a little sparkle and bite.  How much you add is up to you.  While the recipe I’ve seen doesn’t mention the citrus rind, the photos I’ve seen show it.  I didn’t bother with it, though.
Lady by Choice - Downton Abbey Cocktail
Verdict?  Good!  Very easy going down.  Halfway through the episode and I was longing for my next one.  So if you want to try it on your own, or want to copy the ingredients into your phone to see if a bar will make it for you, the Downton Abbey cocktail will make you feel like a lady (or lord.)  I think the Dowager Countess of Grantham would approve, I think.
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