Sunday, March 6, 2016

#MasterpieceCocktail Week 10: The end of Downton

#MasterpieceCocktail is brought to you by my husband, Rob.

Tonight for the end of Downton Abbey, I have picked a classic that can be linked back to the very first episode of Downton Abbey:  The Olympic.  The Olympic can be traced to a 1920s era London bar where it took its name from the the cruiseliner RMS Olympic.  You might be wondering what this has to do with Downton, well... The Olympic is the sister ship of the Titanic (only she didn't sink and therefor not nearly as well known), which if you recall was a major focus of the first episode of Downton and the first season as a whole.  So there you have it for Downton's end, I provide a link back to the beginning.
The Olympic is effectively a variation of the Sidecar, one of my favorite cocktails from the series so far.  The Olympic adds orange juice to the recipe which makes the cocktail even smoother than the lemon based Sidecar. 
Despite the end of Downton, I will continue #MasterpieceCocktails with recipes that fit the seasons and holidays as they come, expanding the repertoire from classic to more modern and hopefully some originals.  I hope you have enjoyed the posts so far!!
The Olympic
1.5 oz Cognac (VSOP Remy Martin)
3/4 oz Grand Marnier (can use Cointreau or Triple Sec)
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a cocktail glass.  Add garnish if desired.