Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Mitford Martini”

It's 1920, you're working at the Mitford household, and a murderer is in your midst.

Sounds like the perfect time for this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—”The Mitford Martini” cocktail, inspired by Jessica Fellowes's Golden Age-style mystery, The Mitford Murders!

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes is a thrilling Golden Age-style mystery based on a real unsolved murder and set amid the legendary Mitford household (available January 23, 2018).

It's 1920, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London.

Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nursemaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy, an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories.

But then a nurse―Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake―is killed on a train in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the crimes of a murderer who will do anything to hide their secret…

Read an excerpt from The Mitford Murders!


“The Mitford Martini”


– 2 oz. gin (less dry the better)
– 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
– 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur
– lemon peel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour all ingredients (not the lemon peel) into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Cut a peel of lemon (careful to avoid the pith).
  5. Squeeze the oils over the drink, rub the peel around the rim, and drop the peel into the drink.

So have a few “Mitford Martini” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Jessica Fellowes's The Mitford Murders today!

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Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist, and public speaker, best known for her five official companion books to the Downton Abbey TV series, various of which have topped the New York Times bestseller list. Former deputy director of Country Life, and columnist for the Mail on Sunday, she has written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Lady. Jessica has spoken at events across the UK and US and has made numerous appearances on radio and television. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.

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