Courtesy Nick Van Tiel; Inset: Matthew Lloyd
February 17, 2013 12:00 PM

Here’s to Downton!

Season 3 of Downton Abbey is coming to a close on Sunday – and in case you need something to soothe your soul while you watch the final episode alone in the dark next to a box of tissues, we’ve got the perfect drink.

Then again, this fruity and bubbly concoction packs a punch, making it a delicious refreshment to serve at a festive viewing party. Just designate a guest your head butler, hand him the recipe and call out, “Carson, bring me another Crawley Classic!”

The gin cocktail – created by Nick Van Tiel, U.S. brand ambassador for Plymouth and Beefeater in honor of the PBS’s award-winning drama – is something Lady Mary might sip upon whilst picking out the perfect pair of gloves for dinner. It’s also fit for Thomas to enjoy on his day off or while he seethes behind close doors, plotting against O’Brien.

However you wish to enjoy the drink, do so in good company whether upstairs or down.

The Crawley Classic:

1 part gin
½ part sloe gin
½ part fresh grapefruit juice
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part Turbinado simple syrup
Drizzle of black raspberry liqueur (float on top)
Splash soda/seltzer water

Shake and strain the first 5 ingredients into a long sling glass over fresh ice. Top with a little cracked ice, add a splash of soda and a drizzle of raspberry liqueur.

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