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Cocktails at Downton


Flapper dresses and proper posh crystal at the ready.


A lavish cocktail compendium, “replete with recipes, cocktail trivia, historical notes, and excerpts from the show”, The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book celebrates this sumptuous costume drama and golden age of mixed drinks.


As fans of Downton will know, the Crawleys’ love of cocktails is well storied. But it wasn’t until season two and three – when Robert asks his mother, Violet: “Can I tempt you to one of these new cocktails?” – that the family adopts the 1920s American customs of an aperitif before dinner, and hosting cocktail parties at home.


Now, the Downton Abbey Cocktail Book means viewers can recreate these tipples at their own soirees. As Julian Fellowes writes in the foreword: “Over the course of the show’s remaining seasons, cocktails make more than a cameo appearance; they are in fact, a mainstay of the household’s dining and entertaining protocol.”


From The Great Hall party drinks, to stirred libations in The Library, here’s how to “look very sunny tonight”, raise spirits and mirror the glamour of post-Edwardian high society…


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