Wedding Coat

This post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here.

Cocktail History

The Wedding Coat is a gin cocktail that was created as a variation of the classic White Lady and included in The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book by Lou Bustamante. The recipe, which swaps out orange liqueur for tart crème de cassis and omits the egg white, was created in honor of Carson’s and Mrs. Hughes’ wedding that takes place in a later season of the show.

We chose to share this cocktail this week because we tied the knot on Sunday at the most beautiful vineyard and wanted to commemorate the day with a drink we both enjoyed. We had an open bar at our wedding and considered including this one on the menu but ultimately chose two others because we thought this gin recipe might be a little too complex for the palates of everyday Midwesterners. We hope you’ll make it at home in our honor!

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other sweet and spiced ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Crème De Cassis: This is a sweet blackcurrant liqueur. We used Drillaud Crème De Cassis for its deep flavor.

Gum Syrup: This is a rich simple syrup made with 2:1 sugar and water and combined with gum Arabic, a natural resin that comes from Acacia trees. It acts as an emulsifier that uniformly blends the ingredients, brightens flavors, and adds a silkier mouthfeel. We made ours using Alex’s recipe.

Tasting Notes

The Wedding Coat has slightly sour aromas of blackcurrant, a pleasantly bright citrus-forward taste balanced by the unique sweet flavors of the cassis, and a deep and complex finish that leaves you with just a slight bitterness.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought this was was a fabulous gin cocktail and will be sipping on it again this week as we recover from our perfect celebration with loved ones.

Alex’s Take: “I found this drink to be very, very tasty! It’s a classic template with base + citrus + liqueur, but the slightly more unique crème de cassis gives it a dark and nearly-but-not-quite bitter flavor that I really liked. This is a great example of how swapping out one simple ingredient for another creates an entirely different drinking experience, and I would definitely not hesitate to make this one again.”

Kendall’s Take: “This is such a tasty cocktail and a fitting one to share in honor of Alex’s and my wedding day, not just because of the name but because we both loved it. (Bowler) Hats off to the Downton Abbey authors who created it! The gin and créme de cassis are a pleasant pairing that is dry but not overly so. The only way to know how great it is is to try it for yourself!”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book by Lou Bustamante.

AuthorThe Official Downton Abbey Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Créme De Cassis
 1 ½ Bar Spoons Gum Syrup

Method
1

Add gin, lemon juice, crème de cassis, gum syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 15-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Créme De Cassis
 1 ½ Bar Spoons Gum Syrup

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, lemon juice, crème de cassis, gum syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 15-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Wedding Coat

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

More Gin Cocktails

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

Marigold: A gin cocktail made with Cocchi Americano, Fernet-Branca, lavender bitters, and an orange twist

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

Florodora: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, raspberry syrup, simple syrup, ginger ale, a lime slice, and raspberries

Aviation: A gin cocktail made with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lemon juice, and a cherry

Leave a comment