I’m obsessed with Downton Abbey, who isn’t? It’s my guilty pleasure, an opportunity to pop up a great bottle of champagne and enjoy a few cocktails. When I heard that theKitchn ran a series of cocktails dedicated to Downton Abbey I immediately ran out and picked up a few bottles of champagne and a bottle of St-Germain, an elderflower liqueur.
Hands down my favorite cocktail from the series is the Lady Sybil which consists of gin, St-Germain and chilled brut champagne. If you enjoy Downton Abbey, these cocktails make the viewing experience much, much more pleasurable.
Cocktail Tip: A bottle of St-Germain is made without preservatives, so a bottle should be finished within six months.
While researching new cocktails to include my bottle of St-Germain I found a recipe for The Manzanita, which is described as the margarita’s ebullient French cousin and is made with fresh pressed apple juice. I thought I’d give the cocktail a twist with fresh mango juice.
- 2 ounces tequila blanco
- 1 ounce parts St-Germain elderflower liqueur
- 3 ounces mango juice
- Dash of cinnamon
- 3-4 fresh lime wedges
- Muddle lime and cinnamon; add remaining ingredients and shaker with ice. Strain into an ice filled glass and garish with a cinnamon stick.