The Suffragette

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Cocktail History

The Suffragette is a modern cocktail that was first published in The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions by Lou Bustamante. Although several drinks of the same name exist, this is a simple variation of the Sidecar that swaps out orange liqueur for white crème de cacao. According to the book, it was named for the brave women who fought for the right to vote a hundred years ago.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Cognac: This is a type of brandy made in Cognac, France with distilled white wine. We used Courvoisier VSOP Cognac because it has a rich mouthfeel and a delightful brandy spice with notes of peach, almond, and cinnamon. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative in place of the brandy.

White Crème De Cacao: This is a liqueur made with white chocolate, vanilla, sugar, and alcohol. We used DeKuyper Crème De Cacao White because it has a delightful white cocoa flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic White Chocolate Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Sugar: This is a sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrate. We used C&H Pure Cane Granulated Sugar.

Lemon Wedge: This is a lemon slice that has been cut into a wedge 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.

Tasting Notes

The Suffragette features brandy and citrus aromas, the initial sweet taste of the sugar followed by brandy and citrus, and light notes of chocolate on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: When we made The Suffragette, we actually substituted the Cognac for Armagnac, and even with that change, it was brighter and more citrusy than we expected—not sweet at all but still delicious to both of our very different palates.

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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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The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions (Downton Abbey Cookery)
The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions (Downton Abbey Cookery)
Hardcover Book; Downton Abbey (Author); English (Publication Language); 160 Pages – 09/17/2019 (Publication Date) – Weldon Owen (Publisher)
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AuthorThe Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Cognac
 ¾ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 tbsp Sugar
 1 Lemon Wedge

Method
1

Pour sugar onto a plate, rub outer rim of glass with lemon wedge, and roll glass in sugar until coated.

2

Add brandy, white crème de cacao, lemon juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Cognac
 ¾ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 tbsp Sugar
 1 Lemon Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Pour sugar onto a plate, rub outer rim of glass with lemon wedge, and roll glass in sugar until coated.

2

Add brandy, white crème de cacao, lemon juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.

The Suffragette

Make It a Mocktail: Use Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative in place of the brandy and Monin Non-Alcoholic White Chocolate Syrup in place of the liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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