Connoisseur tips for Xmas

By Demola Balogun Catering for your guests during the Yuletide can be lots of fun by providing them with a safe good time. Here are some basic Connoisseur tips for Xmas merriment to keep in mind so you and your guests can relax and enjoy while raising glass to a merry Christmas.

Hosting Xmas party

You owe it to your friends to make sure drinking remains a safe and delightful experience in your home. You will be legally liable to whatever may occur as a result of your guests’ alcohol consumption. When you serve drinks to your guests, you are responsible for the amount of alcohol consumed under your supervision. Moderation is the key to enjoyable drinking experience. Connoisseur tips for Xmas merriment.

Always serve food along with alcohol. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream directly from the stomach, and good food provides a balance for drinkers slowing the rate at which they drink and absorb alcohol. Sandwiches, dairy products, peanuts, meats and fish are good baits

Be aware that a few as one or two drinks can affect the average adult’s co-ordination and ability to think. Alcohol is an anesthetic which could prevent the drinker from realising he or she is impaired

The alcohol trend

The prevailing economic recession – fast money, extravagant living and overindulgence has left many exhausted while others are returning to quieter lives and classic styles. Interestingly, the trend extends to the bar, heralding the arrival of fruity cocktails, sparkling wine and honey- flavored bourbon. However, high status brand name liquors are growing with increasing popularity among connoisseurs, celebrity artistes, Nollywood stars and top-flight business executives. Most people now request for a particular brand of liquor with favourite mixers. Absolute, Finlandia, Smirnoff, Skyy, Grey Goose, Stolichnaya are vodka musts for the well stocked bar. Tanqueray, Beefeater and Bombay are the names to remember in gin. Cuervo Especial (Gold) is undoubtedly the leader in the Tequila popularity contest while rum lovers prefer Mount Gay, Bacardi or Myers. Scotch has made resurgence with aficionados ordering Grant’s, Dewars or Johnny Walker Black/Blue Label on the rocks. Single malt (unblended) Scotch whisky such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, Camalan are hot on the palate. Connoisseur tips for Xmas merriment

Just as cognac lovers go all out for V.S.O.P or X.O Hennessy brand label. For the diet-conscious or those looking to stay away from lots of alcohol, a few ounces of vodka with a splash of cranberry juice, flavored vodka, have also remained popular on the shelves of many bars and clubs. Escape from a life’s everyday doldrums is never out of fashion, and what better way to pop up Christmas season than by sipping your favorite cocktail, wine or spirit. ‘Bon Appétit’ 

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