The good mixer

Quag’s flip

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at £26.95 (or £23.95 a bot­tle for an un­split case; 14%) – a good ex­cuse for re­strict­ing New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions to just the two of you.

For big­ger groups, mag­nums al­ways look im­pres­sive. I don’t nor­mally ad­vo­cate buy­ing sin­gle bot­tles from Ma­jes­tic, but you can pick up the 2008 vin­tage of La Ri­oja Alta’s for £49.99 (or £44.99 as part of the mix-six deal). Ma­jes­tic also has a lush 2016 Ore­gon pinot noir from Christo­pher Michael (13.5%) for £17.99 (or £15.99 on the mix-six deal) that would re­pay tuck­ing away un­til next Christ­mas.

Fi­nally, if you’re a pud­ding wine fan, now is also a good time to stock up on bot­tles you tend not to be able to find at other times of year, when the se­lec­tion is much more lim­ited. The Pil­lit­ter ice wines that Lidl brings in every Christ­mas are a no-brainer at the price (£13.99 for the 11% vi­dal, £14.99 for the 12% ries­ling) or hope that your lo­cal Waitrose has the lus­cious

Château La Rame Gour­man­dise Sainte Croixdu-Mont 2015

(13.5%), a cut-price al­ter­na­tive to sauternes. Serves 1

30ml Amaro Mon­tene­gro 30ml Grand Marnier 30ml dou­ble cream 1 tsp sugar

1 egg

1 pinch grated nut­meg, to gar­nish Shake ev­ery­thing in a cock­tail shaker full of ice, strain into a flute glass and gar­nish with nut­meg.

Fed­erico Pasian, head mixol­o­gist, Quaglino’s, Lon­don SW1

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