Izzy (funwithrage) wrote in little_details,
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Cocktails in 1890s England

Hi!

I was wondering if anyone knows approximately when the tradition of having cocktails for an hour or so before dinner started? I'm writing a story set at an English house party, around 1894: the hero needs an opportunity to tell his host about the ZOMG CREEPY THING that happened earlier, and that seemed like a good occasion, but I'm not sure if the custom was actually going on by that point.

Googled "Victorian cocktail hour," "Victorian Dinner party", "Cocktail hour 1890s", "Dinner party 1890s."

Thanks!
Tags: 1890-1899, uk: food and drink, uk: history: victorian era
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