With Season 2 of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton finally upon us, I’ve concocted a list of Bridgerton inspired cocktails that are sure to make the ton buzz. Here are some Brigerton-inspired drinks to make for your next binge-watch or watch party.
Diamond of the Fraise Water of Life
Strawberry White Wine Sangria
1 strawberry, sliced
1/2 ounce fraise eau-de-vie (strawberry-infused brandy a.k.a water of life)
1 cup sparkling white wine (Moscato d’Asti is my fave choice)
1/2-1 cup strawberry seltzer water or hard seltzer of choice
1 slice lemon
Add the sliced strawberry, lemon, and fraise eau-de-vie to your glass. If you are going to drink the sangria immediately, add the sparkling wine and seltzer. Otherwise, cover and chill until ready to drink, then add the sparkling wine and seltzer to taste.
In honor of the Diamond of the First Water of the London season, mixed with a bit of seductive strawberries, this cocktail is sure to sparkle. Best enjoyed when bringing the books, but binging the Netflix series is also acceptable.
P.S. This cocktail is also the name of a Showit website template inspired by the Bridgerton aesthetic coming soon! Check out more details here.
Afternoon Tea & Gossip Rags Gimlet
Earl Grey Blackberry Gimlet
2 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup or honey syrup
1 1/2 ounces Earl Grey Tea syrup
Muddle 4 blackberries with simple syrup or honey syrup. Add the gin, lemon and lime juice, Earl Grey tea syrup, and ice, then stir. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a coupe glass. Garnish with a blackberry.
Pairing together the flavors of earl grey tea and blackberry, this drink is sure to be perfect for sitting down and reading the black ink of the tea spilled in Lady Whistledown’s latest column while enjoying your own afternoon tea like a true member of the ton.
Buzzing Bridgerton’s Bee’s Knees
Sparkling Bee’s Knees
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce honey syrup
Topped with Prosecco
Lemon peel, for garnish
Combine the honey syrup, lemon juice and gin in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until combined, then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Twist a lemon peel over the cocktail to release some of its oils, then drop it in and enjoy.
While the Bridgertons are a highly-respected family of the ton, their lives are never calm and still. With eight children, how can they be? This sparkling bee’s knees not only pays homage to the late Viscount Edmund Bridgerton who died of a fatal reaction to a bee sting, but also reflects the ever buzzing Bridgerton family.
Risky Ruse Whisky Sour
Extra Bourbon Whisky Sour
3 ounces bourbon whiskey
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce bourbon maple syrup
Orange peel and cherry to garnish
Add the bourbon whiskey, lemon and lime juice, and bourbon maple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold. Strain the drink into a lowball or Old Fashioned glass over ice, and garnish with an orange peel and cherry.
In Season 1 of the Netflix hit series and Book 1 of the best-selling book series by Julia Quinn, this Risky Ruse Whiskey Sour incorporates extra bourbon flavors through the bourbon maple syrup sweetener. This extra bourbon whiskey sour seems to go hand in hand with the extra messy risky ruse that Daphne and Simon concocted to fool the ton with their courting, only to fall hard and fast.
Society Soiree Scandalous Splash
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4-inch thick slice fresh ginger
1 fresh strawberry, plus a slice for garnishing
2 ounces tequila blanco
3/4 ounce St. Germain
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Place lemon juice, ginger, and strawberry in a shaker and muddle to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and a handful of ice and shake well. Then, strain into a coupe glass, preferably through a fine-mesh sieve. Garnish with a slice of fresh strawberry and enjoy.
Paying homage to the multiple scandals both discussed and discovered during the various society soirees each season, this drink combines the seemingly sweet fruit with the spicy kick of the fresh ginger. The ladies of the ton can’t help themselves from spilling the tea, and with the touch of the elderflower flavors of St. Germain, this drink is perfect for any society soiree scandalous splash.
Lady Whistledown’s Last Word
Classic Last Word
3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
Twisted lime peel, for garnish
Add the gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a twisted lime peel and enjoy.
Spolier for Season 2 Ahead!
Unexpectedly in Season 2, our beloved Lady Whistledown puts her sharped knife pen down after she scribbles out her last word and publishes her last column in an unexpected twist. But much like this drink, what you expect to be your last word will likely truly be your last.
Dirty Rakes Martini
Spiced Pickle Martini
3 ounces vodka can use pickle vodka
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1 ounce spicy pickle juice
Garnish with a spicy pickle slice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pickle.
From Simon Basset to our Capitol R Rake that is Anthony Bridgerton, a spiced pickle martini is perfect. The headstrong rakes of the ton deserve a drink just a stong. And you can’t forget the add spicy of the garnish for obvious reasons. As for the pickle, I rather think it explains itself.
Extra Spicy Bloody Mary (& a non-alcoholic option!)
2 ounces vodka, sub pickle juice for non-alcoholic option
4 ounces tomato juice
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch paprika
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3-4 dashes of your preferred hot sauce
Celery, pickled asparagus, stuffed olives, lemon, or lime, for garnish
Tajin, for the rim
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. To up the spiciness level, add additional dashes of hot sauce or add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Shake with ice, rim your glass using a lemon or lime and tajin, then strain into your prepared glass. Add garnishes of your choosing.
Though her character is nonexistent in the books, Marina Thompson plays a large role in Season 1 and even briefly appears in Season 2 of the Netflix hit series. Throughout Season 1, I couldn’t help but simultaneously love and hate her. So for our bloody Marina, I’ve concocted an extra spicy bloody mary, just as she adds quite a bit of spice to season 1 with her fiery personality. And for those with a similar condition to Marina in Season 1, simply swap out the vodka for pickle juice as a non-alcoholic option.
P.S. For the book readers out there: Did you notice a certain background storyline in book 5 (Eloise’s story) line up with Marina’s journey in the Netflix series? I have my theories of how Netflix will bring it all to fruition. Do you?
Sparkling Rosé Tom Collins
1 ounce gin
1 ounce elderflower and rose lemonade (Belvoir)
Sparkling Rosé Moscato to top
Fill a chilled tall glasses halfway with ice. In each glass, pour over gin and elderflower and rose lemonade. Top with chilled sparkling Rosé Moscato to fill the glass and garnish with a rose petal.
The 3rd Bridgerton brother is much more of a lover than a fighter compared to his eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton. Colin’s charming yet flirty demeanor has him romancing half the ton, unlike his Capital R Rake of a brother and his best friend, the Duke of Hastings. While he may be a romancer, he sure it set on avoiding women, but hopefully, it won’t be too long before he notices what or rather who is right in front of him.
Pall Mall Perroquet
Classic Perroquet with Pall Mall-Themed Garnishes
1 ounce Ricard Pastis (licorice-forward liqueur)
1/4 ounce green mint syrup
1 yellow cheery (Rainier)
1 red cherry (maraschino)
1 black cherry
1 piece of black licorice
Pour Ricard Pastis and green mint syrup into a glass and dilute with water to taste. Top with cherries and licorice and serve.
Pall Mall is a Bridgerton tradition, one which shows the true colors of its players. The green tone of the drink pairs perfectly with the green grass needed for this competitive, spirited game. Newcomers to the game like Kate and Edwina Sharma must rise to the occasion or risk not being the right fit for the fight. Like the Bridgerton’s pall mall competition, the flavors of the cherry pall-mall balls and the black licorice mallet of death, the perfect garnishes for this licorice-inspired drink, may not be for everyone.
2 ounces dark or navy rum
4 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce cream of coconut
Splash of grenadine
Nutmeg freshly grated
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice, add rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut; shake furiously until icy cold and frothy. Pour into a highball glass, and carefully drizzle in the grenadine. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a pineapple wedge.
While the honorable Will Mondrich has laid down his gloves in favor of a new entrepreneurial pursuit, his prize fighting days helped him get to where he is today. The perfect painkiller for our honorable Mr. Mondrich pairs blood-red Grenadine with the delicious flavors of pineapple which contains the anti-inflammetory and pain releif properties of the compound Bromelain, perfect for after any fight.
Blackberry Peach Frozen Daiquiri
2 cups frozen peaches
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup Bacardi Superior Rum (separate into 1/3 cup and 2/3 cup)
1 1/2 limes
4 1/2 tbsp simple syrup (separate into 3 tbsp and 1 1/2 tbsp)
3 cups ice
Place the frozen blackberries, 1/3 cup Bacardi Superior Rum, juice of 1/2 lime, 1 1/2 tbsp simple syrup, and 1 cup of ice in a blender. Process until the berries and ice are broken down. Transfer the berry mixture to a large glass or container and place in the freezer. This will help prevent it from melting as you prepare the peaches. Rinse out the blender. Combine the frozen peaches, 2/3 cup Bacardi Superior Rum, juice of 1 lime, 3 tbsp simple syrup, and 2 cups of ice in a blender. Then, process until the peaches and ice are broken down. Alternate layers of the peach and blackberry mixtures into four serving glasses. Use a straw and poke through the drink vertically to make the layers more of a swirl. Serve immediately.
As the legendary lioness of a dowager, Lady Danbury runs the town. With her lack of concern with the rules of polite society, Lady Danbury is both formidable and a bit intimidating. Her stern confidence mixed with her kind and sweet demeanor is truly admirable. Just as with her, with the flavors of blackberries and peaches in this daiquiri, you may get a sip that is pleasantly sweet, a bit stunningly tart, or the perfect mix of both.
Perfectly Pear-ed Diamond Duchess
Pear Ruby Duchess
4 ounces sparkling wine (white)
2 ounces pear juice
Simple add pear juice to a coupe glass and top with a sparkling wine of your choice
Despite a lack of the Duke this season, the Season’s Diamond of the First Water turned Duchess is sure to show up for her family. Though the start of her relationship with Simon Basset started off a bit rocky, the two could not be more perfectly paired.
If you can’t tell, I’m a bit obsessed with the book and tv-series. If you haven’t already, check out this blog on how Bridgerton’s very own Lady Whistledown has inspired me on my entrepreneurial journey. And if you’re like me and love drawing inspo from books, poems, and even movie and tv series based on books, sign up for my free Boozy Bookclub!
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