Three Christ­mas cock­tails

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - APPETITES -

When it comes to cock­tails and par­ties, the rule for hosts is pretty sim­ple: only serve what can be made in a jug. You don’t want to have friends round and then spend the party shak­ing up drinks. Here are three drinks that meet the one-jug test.

CHRIST­MAS CUP

This sub­tle Nigella Law­son drink in­volves pour­ing a bot­tle of chilled pros­ecco into a jug, along with 125ml (4fl oz) of cherry brandy and 500ml (17fl oz) of gin­ger ale. Stir, and serve with ice. Serve im­me­di­ately.

VENEZIANO

Christ­mas is a time when we of­ten drink too much, so low-al­co­hol drinks, such as this Vene­tian del­i­cacy, are a good way of keep­ing con­sump­tion down. It mixes one part Aperol with one part sparkling wa­ter and four parts pros­ecco, in a jug. Serve im­me­di­ately.

EGGNOG

You will ei­ther love this or hate it. Put 50g (1 ¾ oz) of caster sugar in a saucepan with 75ml (2 ½ fl oz) of wa­ter. Sim­mer un­til the sugar has dis­solved, then cool and chill. An hour later, beat four egg yolks with one ta­ble­spoon of vanilla ex­tract un­til smooth. Add 400g (14oz) of con­densed milk, 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) of brandy and the cooled sugar. Pour into a jug and chill for at least two hours. Serve by the next day with ice.

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