Final Say

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Cocktail History

The Final Say is a modern cocktail that was first published in The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions by Lou Bustamante. It was created as a variation of the classic Last Word that calls for crème de violette liqueur in place of the Green Chartreuse in homage to Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham who was a lead character in the television show Downton Abbey.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is a spirit made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Prairie Organic Spirits Navy Strength Gin because it has a high alcohol content and features notes of lemon zest, angelica root, and blended spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with Maraschino cherries, honey, herbs, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Luxardo Maraschino Orginale Liqueur because it has a distinct earthy aroma and sweet cherry flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Trader Vic’s Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup in place of the cherry liqueur.

Crème De Violette: This is a liqueur made with violets, sugar, and alcohol. We used Rothman & Winter Crème De Violette Liqueur because it’s made with a brandy base and no added vanilla or other fruit flavors, making it a true violet liqueur. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Violet Syrup in place of the violet liqueur.

Lime Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lime. We used freshly squeezed lime juice.

Lime Twist: This is the peel of a lime that has been twisted into a corkscrew shape.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Peeler: This is used to remove the garnish peel from the citrus. We used the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set.

Tasting Notes

The Final Say is a very light and airy cocktail that features floral and cherry aromas, a sweet citrusy taste, noticeable juniper and floral qualities as its held in the mouth, and prevalent maraschino liqueur in the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We opted to use a navy strength gin in ours to give this equal-parts cocktail some extra punchy gin flavor, which we both really liked. Overall, this drink is refreshing, well-balanced, and as potent as the matriarch’s quips are in the show.

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Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions by Lou Bustamante.

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AuthorThe Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Navy Strength Gin
 ¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ¾ oz Crème De Violette
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 Lime Twist

Method
1

Add gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lime juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Navy Strength Gin
 ¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ¾ oz Crème De Violette
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 1 Lime Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lime juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lime twist.

Final Say

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin, Trader Vic’s Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup in place of the cherry liqueur, and Monin Premium Violet Syrup in place of the violet liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Spring Cocktails

If you like this spring-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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The Parasol Cocktail Recipe

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