The official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book has been launched to coincide with the release of the film this week and Inapub has been given the inside scoop on some of the recipes.

 

With a foreword by the series creator Julian Fellowes, the 70 drinks included in the book span the upstairs-downstairs world of Downton, encompassing drawing-room party drinks to downstairs hangover cures.

Classic cocktails from the era such as Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch and Ginger Beer are given character-specific twists such as Downton Heir, Turkish Attaché, The Valet and The Chauffeur.

 

Downton Abbey Ladies

 

Here are four more of the cocktails below:

THE MARIGOLD
Makes 1 cocktail

This Lady Edith inspired variation of the Hanky Panky, named after her daughter, draws a connection between the pioneering spirit of the original cocktail's creator, Ada Coleman, and the determination of Edith to live as a self-sufficient, modern woman. The Cocchi Americano gives the drink a golden hue, and the addition of lavender bitters harmonizes the botanicals in the gin and Fernet into a springtime garden.

 

  • 1½ fl oz (45 ml) gin
  • 1½ fl oz (45 ml) Cocchi
  • Americano
  • 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
  • 2 dashes lavender bitters
  • Orange twist about the size
  • of a thumb, for garnish

 

Combine the gin, Cocchi Americano, Fernet, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled, 20–30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Express the orange zest over the drink and drop it into the glass.

 

THE ABBEY
Makes 1 Cocktail

This recipe, which comes from The Savoy Cocktail Book, is a great cocktail for using gins with more unusual botanicals, like citrus or floral components, but it works perfectly fine with standard London Dry, too. Topping it with a float of Champagne wouldn't hurt if you are serving guests at brunch, or even dinner.

 

  • 1½ fl oz (45 ml) gin
  • ¾ fl oz (20 ml) Cocchi Americano
  • ¾ fl oz (20 ml) fresh orange juice

 

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker. Add ice, shake hard for 8–10 seconds, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe.

UPSTAIRS COCKTAIL
Makes 1 Cocktail

There's no information on the Upstairs Cocktail in The Savoy Cocktail Book, recipe aside, but mixing up a couple of these reveals all you need to know: they are a refreshing and low-proof cocktail before dinner.

 

  • 3 fl oz (90 ml) Dubonnet
  • ½ fl oz (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Seltzer water
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

 

Combine the Dubonnet and lemon juice in a collins glass with ice, then top off with the seltzer. Stir to mix. Express the lemon zest over the drink and drop it into the glass.

 

WILD ROSE
Makes 1 Cocktail

Rebellious and fun-loving Lady Rose needs a cocktail that balances her wild and experimental side with her traditional one. This drink, based on the Prince of Wales Cocktail —she danced with the prince at her debutante ball—calls for tequila, a spirit known but not common in the 1920s. It is a liquor from the Americas, where Rose moves to after marrying Atticus.

 

  • 1½ fl oz (45 ml) reposado tequila
  • 1½ barspoons rich simple syrup*
  • ¼ barspoon maraschino liqueur
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Thumb-size chunk pineapple
  • 1½ fl oz (45 ml) sparkling
  • wine (preferably brut)
  • Orange twist rose, for garnish (see note)

 

Combine the tequila, simple syrup, maraschino liqueur, bitters, and pineapple in a shaker. Add ice, shake hard for 8–10 seconds, and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Float the sparkling wine on top then garnish with the orange twist rose.

Libation Note: An orange twist rose is pretty and easy to make: wind a medium-width but long strip of orange zest into itself and skewer it with a cocktail pick.

 

Downton Abbey cocktail book

 

 

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book, £14.99 White Lion Publishing, available to buy here: https://amzn.to/2XrUID4

 

 

  • The Downton Abbey film will be released in the UK this Friday (September 13). The series is one of the largest UK drama exports of all time, seen in over 250 territories worldwide.