Don't sit down to watch the Emmys until you've mixed these cocktails

Sep 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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The Emmys air this weekend! Are you ready with your snacks and drink? You could rely on your usual bottle of white wine, but we've got some more-exciting options for you. Here are two cocktails created by mixologist Johnny Swet of The Skylark in New York City — one inspired by Downton Abbey, the other inspired by Game of Thrones. Which will win? You decide.

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The Earl (Grey) of Grantham recipe

Inspired by Downton Abbey

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  • 2 ounces Earl Grey gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce thyme syrup


  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice. Strain into a tall glass.
  2. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and ice cubes.

To make thyme syrup, heat 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, and add a thyme sprig. Infuse overnight, and then strain.

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Fire & Ice recipe

Inspired by Game of Thrones

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  • 1.5 ounces Hendrick's gin
  • 1 ounce Zu Grass vodka
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain
  • 1/4 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice


  1. Shake all the ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass.
  2. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

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