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Loving Cup

An ideal drink to welcome guests on Christmas day.

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8 sugar cubes
2 lemons
bottle medium-sweet or sweet sherry
bottle brandy
1 bottle dry sparkling white wine


Serves: 12


1 Rub the sugar cubes over the lemons to absorb the zest. Thinly peel the lemons and remove as much of the pith as possible. Thinly slice the lemons and set aside.

2 Put the lemon rind, sherry, brandy and sugar cubes into a jug and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

3 To serve, add the wine to the cup and float the lemon slices on top.

Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus chilling

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