For so long our lives have been devoid of lords, ladies, drop-waisted dresses and dowager countesses. That will all be remedied soon. This Sunday marks the premiere of the fifth season of Downton Abbey. While a dainty cup of Earl Grey is probably the most appropriate drink to enjoy during the show, it’s just not strong enough to get you through Mary’s next heart-wrenching romantic entanglement or Lord Grantham’s inevitable financial collapse. Here, 12 tea-infused cocktails to celebrate the return of everyone’s favorite old-timey British soap opera.
1. Pimm’s Iced Tea
Pimm’s No. 1 is a quintessential English drink. Here, it’s mixed with tea—another beloved British beverage.
2. Whiskey Chai
This warm, boozy nightcap is made with a chai spice blend, warm milk and whiskey.
3. Tea Thyme
The tea-infused vodka for this cocktail is super-easy to make at home.
4. Tante’s Medicine
This sensational hot toddy riff may not actually cure a cold, but it will definitely make you feel better.
5. Jasmine Gin Fizz
Jasmine tea-infused gin is delicious in this delicate, frothy cocktail.
6. Kentucky Special
Smoky Lapsang souchong tea-infused cherry liqueur makes for an excellent take on an old-fashioned.
7. Tea at Three
This blackberry-and-herb-flavored cobbler is bracing, with black tea-infused gin adding a pleasantly tannic bite.
8. Gentleman Johnson
For a kicked-up iced tea, simply stir in bourbon and Cointreau.
This honey-accented cocktail is made with chilled chamomile, gin and Bärenjäger, a honey liqueur.
10. Darjeeling Unlimited
The savory flavors in this refreshing tea-and-bourbon cocktail are enhanced by a pinch of salt.
11. Sherlock Holmes
This smoky cocktail is a nod to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious British detective, whose favorite tea was purportedly Lapsang souchong.
12. Iced Teaquila
Guava, Earl Grey and tequila may seem like unlikely partners, but this drink proves that they are fantastic together.