Sunday, January 12, 2014

Let's be honest, since the end of Breaking Bad we have been waiting for season 5 of Downton Abbey. The theme song makes us giddy!  Sunday's premiere proved we are in for a great season. — and of course a few more one liners from the fantastic Maggie Smith's portrayal of the Dowager Countess. Here are some of my favorites...

"Can't you give advice without sounding like a trumpeter on the peak of the moral high ground?"

Violet: "I'm so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I'm with her, I'm reminded of the virtues of the English."
Matthew: "But isn't she American?"
Violet: "Exactly."

"Rosamund has no interest in French. If she wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts."

To Isobel: "I wonder your halo doesn't grow heavy, it must be like wearing a tiara round the clock."

"Just because you're an old widow, I see no necessity to eat off a tray."

"Just because you're an old widow, I see no necessity to eat off a tray."

Ok...What's your Downton Abbey name?

1. Choose appropriate title (Lord/Lady/Count/Countess etc.)
2. Forename = your grandfather/mother's first name
3. Surname = the name of your primary school

Comment below with yours and share!

Mine is Lord Harris Encino

Well let start the season off with a drink!

Dowager Countess Cups, the drink to order at polo matches, are traditionally made with lemonade, lemon soda, ginger ale or ginger beer and are garnished lavishly with cucumber, mint leaves and fruit.

  • 2 lemon slices

    1. 3 ounces chilled ginger beer
    2. 2 ounces English gin
    3. 1 cucumber wheel, 1 cucumber spear and 1 cucumber ribbon (optional)
    4. Ice
    5. 2 orange slices
    6. 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
    7. 1 strawberry, halved
    8. 2 mint sprigs
    9. 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
    10. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the leaves of 1 mint sprig with 1 lemon slice, 1 orange slice, the cucumber wheel, half of the strawberry and the lemon juice. Add ice and the Pimm's and Creole Shrubb. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled pilsner glass. Stir in the ginger beer and garnish with the remaining mint sprig, lemon slice, orange slice, cucumber spear, cucumber ribbon and strawberry half.