Annie Gray points out that cocktails, “an essentially American import,” only came to Britain after the Second World War, and made their way into series 2 and 3 of Downton Abbey. The sophisticated drinks recipes, some classic, some created specifically for the series, all have a healthy shot of erudition mixed in with the whisky and gin.
With a foreword by Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey, and an introduction by food historian Annie Gray, this curated selection of recipes spans the world of Downton, from drawing-room party drinks to downstairs hangover cures and more. In addition to classic concoctions like a Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch and Ginger Beer, this collection features character-specific twists such as Downton Heir, Turkish Attaché, The Valet and The Chauffeur. Photographed using the original lead crystal used on set, each cocktail is guaranteed to raise your spirits, whether by channeling the verve of Lady Mary, the wit of Violet Crawley or the plain speaking of Mrs Patmore.