Marigold

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Cocktail History

The Marigold is a gin cocktail that was first published in The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions by Lou Bustamante. It’s a variation of the Hanky Panky, a classic cocktail originally created by Ada Coleman, one of the only female bartenders to ever work at the Savoy Hotel in London. It’s named for Lady Edith’s daughter and was inspired by her desire to live a more modern life later in the hit show Downton Abbey.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Far North Spirits Solveig Gin because it’s a fresh and flavorful gin with notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, thyme, and coriander.

Cocchi Americano: This is a quinine-flavored aperitif wine that adds slightly bitter citrus, honey, and spice flavors.

Fernet-Branca: This is an Italian amaro made with various spices. It adds a distinct bitterness to the drink.

Lavender Bitters: These add a bit more spice and floral flavor. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Lavender Bitters because they’re high quality.

Orange Twist: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of citrus aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Marigold features fragrant lavender and citrus aromas, a rich sweet taste initially, and a noticeable bitterness after swallowing thanks to the Fernet-Branca, Cocchi Americano, and bitters.

Our Opinion of the Cocktail Recipe: When we made ours, we used locally made Far North Spirits Solveig Gin, of which lavender is a component, to bring out more of that flavor. Even with the added herbal notes, Kendall thought this one landed on the Just a Bit Too Bitter for Her List, but Alex enjoyed it. In his words, it’s “definitely a slow and contemplative sipper.”

Recipe

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

AuthorThe Official Downton Abbey Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 ½ oz Cocchi Americano
 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
 2 dashes Lavender Bitters
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Add gin, Cocchi Americano, Fernet-Branca, lavender bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 ½ oz Cocchi Americano
 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
 2 dashes Lavender Bitters
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, Cocchi Americano, Fernet-Branca, lavender bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Marigold

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More Spring Cocktails

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

 Golden Chrysanthemum: A brandy and sparkling wine cocktail made with pear liqueur, Suze, and a lemon twist

 Mountaintop Meadow: A vodka cocktail made with elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lavender bitters, dry sparkling wine, a pineapple wedge, and mint

 Final Say: A gin cocktail made with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lime juice, and a lime twist

The Parasol: A sparkling wine cocktail made with lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, elderflower liqueur, honey syrup, and a lemon twist

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