Dinner Party Drinks Guide

November 17, 2016

A dinner party is the perfect time to imbibe from dusk till dawn (on non school nights we advise), so let's open the drinks cabinet and have a tipple! We've also thrown in some dinner table trivia and the somewhat dubious health benefits your drinks can offer. 

 

Buck's Fizz

 

Best For....All day but preferred for early morning  

 

Units....0.5 

 

Ingredients...

Champagne , fresh Orange juice, Cointreau (optional)

 

How to Make It...

Mix three parts champagne to one part fresh orange juice. Add a splash of cointreau for additional kick and sweetness. Serve in a chilled champagne flute.

 

Health Benefits...

Made with the same grapes as red wine, champagne boasts antioxidant benefits, while a study at University of Reading found that a single glass of bubbles can improve short term spatial awareness. 

 

Dinner Table Trivia...

Concocted in 1921 and first served at the Buck's Club, London as an excuse to let members drink early. 

 

Old Fashioned

Best For....Midday Pick-Me-Up

 

Units...1.8

 

Ingredients...

1tsp sugar syrup , 2 dashes angostura bitters , orange peel , ice , 60ml bourbon , a cherry.

 

How to Make it...

Muddle the syrup, bitters and orange in the bottle of a rock glass. Add ice and finish wth bourbon. 

 

Health Benefits...

The herbs in the bitters produce digestive enzymes that combat heartburn, while consuming between one to six whiskies a week is shown to reduce the risk of dementia. 

 

Dinner Table Trivia...

Angostura Bitters were developed in the 1820's as a medicinal tonic by a German surgeon serving in the Venezuelan Army.  

 

Snowball

Best For....After-dinner Digestion 

 

Units...1.5

 

Ingredients...

Advocaat , Cognac , lemonade   

 

How to Make it...

Shake 2 1/2 measures of Advocaat with 1/2 a measure cognac, pour into a glass and then top with lemonade. If you're really fancy, add a cherry or slice of orange peel.  

 

Health Benefits...

The Dutch liqueur is less heavy-duty than your typical tipple, but not only will its sugar content slow alcohol absorption into the blood, its phosphorus helps regulate digestion.   

 

 Dinner Table Trivia...

"Advocaat" is Dutch for "Lawyer", as it's a great lubricant for the throat. 

 

Seasonal - Mulled Wine

Best For....Seasoned Veterans

 

Units...1.5

 

Ingredients...

200g Caster Sugar, Cinnamon Stick, Grated Nutmeg , 6 Cloves , A Vanilla Pod , 2 Bottles Chianti , 2 Star Anise , 2 Clementines (Juice and Peel). 

 

How to Make it...

Heat the dry ingredients in a pan. Add half a bottle of wine and bring to the boil. Simmer, adding the star anise orange and the rest of the wine. Serve Warm.

 

Health Benefits...

Nutmeg has liver detoxifying properties, helping reset your system for the next glass. 

 

(Christmas) Dinner Table Trivia...

This is by far the oldest drink in your arsenal, with it's origins being traced back to the Roman Empire. Who would place toasted bread in the wine as an offering for good harvests in summer, giving rise to "Toasting".

 

 

 

 

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