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Victorians with a 1940s twist

Movies set in the Victorian age can range from the deliciously romantic to the scary as anything. I like them because they focus on the dark take on life with darker lighting, high drama, and social restrictions that make any moment sexily scary. Adding in the quick banter and sexuality of the 1940s and you have a recipe for a great drama and romantic movie. Inspired by some of my favorites of the genre, I have created cocktails to use the next time you want your dinner party to have a special edge to it.

The Heiress

Champagne cocktail


Noir Champagne

Cherry vodka

Lemon juice

Sugar cube

Garnish: lemon wedge

Recipe: in a cocktail shaker, pour cherry vodka and lemon juice. Shake until cold. Place a sugar cube in a flute glass. Pour from shaker and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Dorian’s Painting



2 oz Aged Gin

1 oz Blood Orange juice

1 oz Ginger liqueur

1/2 oz Simple syrup

Garnish: Blood orange peel

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour all ingredients. Shake until cold. Pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a blood orange peel.

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