Cocktail preview: King George V

Downton Abbey's fifth season is in progress here in the US. Currently we find the cast of characters in the midst of an era of change. The 1920s are in full swing, and with that comes shifting cultural norms (and fashion, naturally), societal upheaval, new technology, and political challenges. Tomorrow I'll share the full recipe and background for my latest cocktail, King George V, inspired by the monarch who ruled England during this time period (for those of you watching the show, he was the one we heard speak on the wireless radio a couple episodes ago). In the meantime, here's a taste:

King George V cocktail, by Sara Galactica

... I think you're going to like this one.

See you tomorrow!

Actual out. 

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