A Downton Abbey Premiere Menu

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It wouldn't be a British event without tea. And it wouldn't be a celebration without whiskey.

Serves 2

8 ounces half and half
4 ounces water
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
2 black cardamom pods, crushed with a mortar and pestle
5-6 pink peppercorns, crushed with a mortar and pestle
1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and smashed
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 sachets of organic whole leaf black tea, preferably Assam
2 ounces espresso
2 ounces good bourbon

1. Combine half and half, water, spices and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat.
2. Add tea sachets and steep for 5 minutes. Remove sachets, strain spices and split chai between two warmed teacups.
3. Add one ounce each of espresso and bourbon to each cup.

Let's be honest here: what food-and-Downton Abbey-lover, while staring googly-eyed at the television, doesn't wish for a moment that they were Daisy?

Sure, she's bullied by everyone on the staff, and sure, that whole marrying-William-for-a-hot-second thing was awkward. (We never understood her hesitation, anyway. William was adorable.) But we'd love nothing more than to learn about British cuisine under the expert-if-grumpy Mrs. Patmore -- and to make those pies, those roasts, and those grand luncheons and dinners with her skill, her gusto, her confidence.

It's in honor of Daisy and Mrs. Patmore that we bring you a Downton Abbey-inspired menu for the third season's premiere on Sunday. To cook like Mrs. Patmore, and eat like the Granthams? Why, that sounds even more exciting than the premiere itself. (Well, almost.)

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