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Commemorate VE Day with this tasty Downton Abbey cocktail

A delicious treat for the Bank Holiday

ve day cocktail

You don't need to leave the house to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday. While public gatherings and celebrations have been cancelled in wake of the coronavirus lockdown, you can still pay tribute to the day Britain and its Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender after almost six years of war. One way is to make this tasty cocktail, fittingly called Aviation. Courtesy of Lord and Lady Carnarvon, who own Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, all you need are a few ingredients. Watch the video below…

Aviation cocktail

Recipe for two


Ingredients to make an Aviation cocktail

  • 50ml Highclere Castle Gin
  • 25ml maraschino liqueur
  • 20ml crème de violette
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish with lemon zest and a maraschino cherry


Mix all together in a cocktail shaker (except for the garnish) and pour into a cocktail glass and then garnish.

Pick up a copy of the new issue of HELLO! magazine on Monday for a special VE Day interview.

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