Downton Abbey Cocktails: Mary

updated May 2, 2019
Lady Mary
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Today, our series of Downton Abbey cocktails concludes with a drink inspired by the Crawley sister you love, or hate, or maybe love to hate – Lady Mary.

I’ll confess I don’t find Lady Mary to be particularly likable. Fellowes tries hard to give us reasons to sympathize with her, but to me, she just seems – mean. To be fair, Mary is a woman in a particularly difficult situation – forced to marry to maintain her lifestyle, haunted by a secret that threatens to ruin her. The crisp bite of Lilet Blanc, the French apertif wine, was, I felt, a good match for Mary’s occasionally acerbic personality. Add basil, lemon, and champagne for a cocktail that’s simultaneously tart, complex, and refreshing.

Lady Mary

Makes 1 cocktail

Nutritional Info


  • 1.5 ounces

    Lillet Blanc

  • .75 ounce

    fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 to 5

    basil leaves

  • Brut champagne, chilled


  1. Add the basil and lemon juice to your shaker and muddle. Add Lillet and ice and then shake and strain into a flute. Top with champagne.

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Nancy Mitchell is ready for season 3. You can find more of her recipes on her blog, The Backyard Bartender.