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If you find yourself hosting a Christmas party then punch is an ideal way to get the party going with a swing! Just before last Christmas I shared a couple of Punch recipes with you (See Punch Drunk Op) to which I am adding a recipe suitable for Diabetics. This next idea is one that was sent to me by a penfriend in America and looks so effective. It no only Brightens up your punch bowl but will keep the beverage cold at the same time. To prepare, Select a ring mould that fits into the punch bowl. Fill the mould half full with water and freeze until firm (about 4 hours). Cut 3 Florida Orange Wheels or Slices in half and arrange on top of the frozen ice layer. If desired, top each orange half-slice with a cluster of 3 whole cranberries. If you can get your hands on any Orange or Lemon leaves then used them to...You could really use any friut combination that will look good through the ice, and that will complement the drink that it will eventually end up swimming around in. Top up the mould with enough water to cover the fruit and re freeze until firm. Unmould the ice ring and place it in the punch bowl, with the flat side down. Poor cool punch over and serve, they look really attractive. If you have enough mould you can prepare a few to replace them if they melt...a good idea if you want to party all night!!!
One of the troubles with Christmas is that we often end up walking round in an alcohol sozzled haze. This makes us feel lousy the next morning and of course it is dangerous if we want to drive. (Booze is often still in the system the morning after). Therefore my Christmas tip is a very simple one and enables you not to get so dehydrated and headachey that you go round all over Chrimbo snapping at everyone; For every single measure of alcohol you consume, drink a full soft drink or glass of water. If you alternate the two you won't end up drinking as much as you would have without the glasses in between. This works for spirits or beer, however, with beer (which comes in much bigger volumes of course) drink larger glasses of water in between, to 'dilute' the amount in your body. Merry Xmas!
Here are a few things I like to do at Christmas Parties or Gatherings. I get about 6 ice trays and fill them with water and place a maraschino cherry in the middle of each.It's kind of a surprise when they're ice melts in they're drinks they get a cherry for desert.But what makes it even better is buy a bottle of pure grain alcohol and soak your cherries overnight.Then place in ice trays, it makes powerful littles cherry bombs. Now for some drinks; My Christmas Eggnog Ingredients; 12 eggs 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar 20 ounces Brandy 24 cups milk 1 pinch nutmeg Directions; Seperate the eggs.In a large bowl beat the egg whites until frothy.Whisk 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed. Beat the egg yolks with the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and about 5 tablespoons of the brandy until light and lemon colored.Fold the egg whites into the egg yolks and refrigerate. In a large stock pot heat the milk until hot but do not boil.Reduce heat and keep milk hot. To each mug you fix add 2 tablespoons or more of brandy and a large heaping of egg mixture.Stir and fill mug with hot milk.Place another tablespoon of egg mixture on top and sprinkle with nutmeg. My Christmas Martini Ingredients; 2-1/2 ounces of gin 1/2 ounce dry vermouth Ice with frozen green olives Buy the salt at the spirits store that's made especially for Martini's Directions; Mix ingredients,ice, and shake until mixed.Then pour into a cocktail glass with ice that has the olive in it.But make sure you salt the rim first before you pour it the glass. Makes 1 Glass
As a seasoned and hardened drinker I hate Christmas - why? Well it's simple - you just can't get served. For "Party Spirit" read "Dozy phoney idiots who clog up the bar with the round written on the back of a beer mat". They are drunk after three pints, are usually sick all over the place, and they think everyone is their mate. They ask you where the toilets are, so you point them to the ladies (if they're male and they usually are) and they go straight in! They are also the first to complain about queues and not being able to get served. They always put Slade on the jukebox and know all the words to it. I think I have discovered a solution though - Pubs and clubs should open a loyalty scheme, linked to attendances and amount of alcohol consumed. Similar to the token system that used to operate when you used to buy a football programme in the 70's - Every time you "attend" you receive a token, and then when there's a "big game" (i.e. Christmas Party, New Years Eve) those with the most vouchers get priority - which means a fast track to the bar and no admittance to pay to get in (yes it's normally free but the owners have started charging because it's Christmas and there's free turkey butties on) Let those Johnny come lately's queue up outside while we enjoy our festivities!! Similarly, is it me or do the doormen become all friendly and smiley at this time of year? Nothing to do with a Xmas tip I suppose? Right I'd better take my photo off :-) PS Seriously I love Christmas really, I am just better at complaining than praising! it's actually great to see old faces that I haven't seen for ages - unless they try and push in front of me at the bar, then I'll...grrrr!!
Christamas is tops for Parties and they don't come much better than my works do. We were not going to have one this year but in the end we all decided due to the complete success of the last three we had to do it again. The reason I like them so much is because everybody no matter who they are changes into a fun person for the night. It doesn't matter if you are the boss, secretary of just the office junior, you are all on a par for the night and what a night it is. Most people make a complete fool of themselves and it is totally acceptable. You always say things to the boss that in the morning makes you cringe in embarrasment. Who cares though, it's all part of the fun that makes them enjoyable. The good thing about this is that whatever you do, there is always somebody that did something worse. Well, that has been the case so far but there is always this year isn't there! Have fun
I am a member of a small clubs and the biggest problem we have had is trying to raise money for new equipment. The solution we have is good fun and a way of meeting new members as well as attracting poor unsuspecting victims. We ask a local wine merchants like Odd Bins or Victoria wines to run a wine tasting evening. As a club we supply bread and cheese, the venue and the people. You charge just enough for the food and the wine (the wine merchants will have a good idea how much the wine will cost). People can invite friends and family and if there are particular wine that you like then the merchants will often sell wine on the evening. Very often the merchant will have an offer on that evening so it's a good way of buying a couple of bottle of wine you know you like. The evenings we find are better if they are more on the informal side. (You drink the wine not spit it out). We have even tried theme evenings that work out well. Wines to have with take away's like Fish and Chip or Curry. We have managed to select the wines we have with the annual club dinner and even for the reception of a club members wedding. The latest wine tasting was wine to have with Christmas dinner. Since the first wine tasting evening we had there have been Beer and Ale tasting evening as well.
If you really want a drink of the gods to get you going this Christmas try this: Firstly get a 2-3 pint jug, put about10-15 large icecubes into it then add between 10-20 measures of Vodka, depending on how merry you want to get. Finally but 5-7 cans of Red Bull or Lucozade Solstice in the jug. Give it a quick mix around and pour out. This will really get the party going. Vodka to get you that little bit tipsy (or more if you used more) and the Red Bull / Solstice to keep you gigging the night away.
When it comes to arranging a bar for the christmas period, you need to remember that everyone must be catered for. Some guests will be driving so you need non-alcoholic, spirits for the seasonal drunk, and the obligatory beers and lagers. My basics would have to include: Advocat, great for snowballs when mixed with lemonade, if weak enough can be given to children, babycham, bacardi, brandy for the brandy sours, buy a bottle or two of cider rather than cans its cheaper. Whisky is a must too as well as brandy. Don't go too mad on the lagers and beers as many offers come and go through the xmas period so it's best not to buy all at once. and remember loads of mixers, pops etc and fruit juices. Plus the necessary, lemon slices, cherries, cocktail sticks and umberellas.