I could say that this cocktail was inspired by the new Downton Abbey movie, and while that would make it timely, it’s just not true. BUT, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great choice pre or post-Downton Abbey movie viewing.
This felt like one of the classier cocktails I’ve concocted, thus the royal name. It came about when we first bought Benedictine and has been one of my go-to cocktails since.
1.5 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 egg white
Angostura bitters for garnish
Separate your egg white from the yolk and add into a cocktail shaker with the 1/2 oz of lemon ice. Shake the egg white and lemon vigorously until thickened and frothy. Add in the rye, Frangelico, and Benedictine along with a large ice cube. Shake together until the shaker becomes frosty in your hands. Strain into a martini or coupe glass.
If you’re feeling fancy (which you probably are because you’re making a cocktail called The Duchess), carefully drop dots of Angostura bitters onto the top of your egg white foam, and drag through them with a toothpick to create shapes. For more control, you can even use an eyedropper tool.