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The Final Say

I’m a huge fan of Downton Abbey, and this charming cocktail book is a collection of drinks recipes from the era. The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book is a delightful picture book full of beautiful photographs of the cast from the set of the series and movie, and drinks. The Final Say is named for everyone’s favorite character, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

“Do not cross Violet, matriarch of the Crawley family, whose skill at disarming opponents and getting what she wants is supreme. Like the Dowager Countess of Grantham, do not underestimate this cocktail, a riff on the Last Word. It may read like drinking a floral arrangement, but it’s both potent and balanced.” – The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book


¾ oz gin

¾ oz maraschino liqueur

¾ oz crème de violet

¾ fresh lime juice

Lime wheel, for garnish


  1. Combine the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violet, and lime juice in a shaker.

  2. Add ice, shake hard for 8–10 seconds, and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with a lime wheel.


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