Irish Daily Mail - - The Red Carpet -

THE fold-out Formica bar takes pride of place in the Mosses’ home. Stocked with gin, brandy and whisky, it’s the first thing Bev­erly turns to af­ter a hard day’s housewife-ing. Shim­my­ing into her front room, she pours her­self a stiff G&T in a heavy cut-glass tum­bler, then, with a few puffs on a Roth­man’s cig­a­rette, col­lapses onto the brown leather sofa. When posh Sue from next door asks for sherry, Bev­erly doesn’t ad­mit to not hav­ing any, but steers her to­wards a gin and tonic in­stead. Today, the neigh­bourly glass of sweet brown sherry is all but dead, though the paler Fino sherry has made a come­back as an ac­com­pa­ni­ment to tapas. Af­ter Coro­na­tion Street’s Jack and Vera Duck­worth in­stalled a mini-bar in their home, the fash­ion for home bars sank. Today, you’re more likely to be served white wine straight from the fridge. LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED . . . THEN: Sparkling Baby­cham in a spe­cial glass (left) with an em­bossed deer mo­tif. NOW: Sparkling Pros­ecco in am­ber tum­blers from Du­ralex. THEN: Cam­pari and soda. NOW: Aperol spritz — Aperol mixed with pros­ecco and soda.

THEN: Im­pos­si­ble-to-open Wat­neys Party 7 in a seven-pint can.

NOW: In­di­vid­ual bot­tles of craft beer with de­signer la­bels. THEN: Har­vey Wall­banger cock­tail. NOW: Vodka and cran­berry juice. THE SOFT OP­TION THEN: Or­ange squash. NOW: Elder­flower cor­dial; fizzy wa­ter. DIGESTIF THEN: Grand Marnier, Chartreuse or Bene­dic­tine. NOW: Amaro or grappa Ital­ian liqueurs.

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