You may be familiar with our signature sips for each of the Crawley sisters including Sybil, Lady Mary and Edith, (links above) and now we've got one for the man of the house too. No not Lord Grantham, the other man who is currently not residing there though we may all speculate when and if the honorable Mr. Bates shall return to Downton.
Previous Downton Abbey Cocktails
• Downton Abbey Cocktails: Mary
• Downton Abbey Cocktails: Edith
• Downton Abbey Cocktails: Sybil
[SEASON 2 SPOILER ALERT] Mr. Bates, valet to the Earl of Grantham, is an enigmatic character who at the end of season two was convicted of murdering his psychotically vindictive first wife. If that wasn't enough to sour him he already carries a dark streak that surfaces when dealing with his old war injuries, often having others view him as a cripple, which to Mr. Bates is far worse than the injury itself. Bates' life is truly bittersweet as it is spun with love and joy from the ever- adoring Anna. To sum up John Bates in a glass, this cocktail mixes the bittersweet Italian aperitif Amaro Nonino with the rich and alluring Pedro Ximenez Sherry and a dash of orange bitters. It's sophisticated with a smooth body and a bit of a bite in the finish. I've optimistically garnished it with a sliver of orange peel, to represent a little sunshine in the end for dear Mr. Bates and his lovely Anna. No matter which cocktail you choose here's to you enjoying a delightful sip of Downton.