CHRISTMAS EVE DRINKS

Champagne Parfait Cocktail
This champagne parfait cocktail is a wonderfully bubbly, light and festive drink that is perfect for toasting at Christmas Eve dinner. Take your favorite champagne (or any sparkling wine, Prosecco, Brut…really anything with bubbles!), with a little bit of gin, your favorite fruit liqueurs and fresh berries to create a beautiful drink. The different berries (like cranberries or blackberries) will float at different levels, creating that classic parfait look.

La Vie En Rouge
La Vie En Rouge (“Life in Red”) mixes Grand Marnier, fresh cranberry juice (use the real stuff so it’s not too sugary!) and fresh rosemary for a wonderfully fragrant Christmas Eve cocktail. It is a very simple cocktail to make, making it perfect for a big party, but it’s bright flavor makes for a great after-dinner drink. Float a few real cranberries in the glass for an even more festive look.

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate (for adults)
Are you the kind of person that loves to have a coffee after dinner? Well this recipe mixes coffee, chocolate and liquor–so how can you go wrong?! You can obviously make the coffee flavor stronger or weaker to suit your tastes (or use decaf so you aren’t up too late), or even add a little cream to the mix to create an even smoother and silkier finished cup.

Holiday Sparkler
Don’t want to spend your night mixing individual drinks? Then go for a punch bowl of the Holiday Sparkler! With Cava, fresh mint, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice, it’s a bright and festive Christmas Eve drink you can make the day before your party to let the flavors really develop. The Holiday Sparkler also makes for a great substitute for mimosas during Christmas Day brunch.

Mulled Wine
Also known as Glogg or gluwein, this spicy hot wine drink is perfect on a good Christmas Eve. All you really need is your favorite (and cheap!) dry red wine, Port wine, Grand Marnier, and a whole bunch of oranges and some cinnamon sticks! You can cook it up on the stove, or even make it in a Crockpot so you can keep it warm throughout the evening and ladle out glasses as needed!

Mistletoe Martini
The Mistletoe Martini is a mix of chilled cranberry tea (pick your favorite brand!, orange and lemon juices and vodka. A little bit of sugar cuts through the tart flavors for a bright and tasty Christmas Eve cocktail.

Eggnog
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cool and creamy glass of eggnog. You can buy the eggnog from the store (or make it yourself if you’re feeling extra fancy!) With bourbon (and spice rum if you like) this smooth Christmas Eve drink is a classic for a good reason, it’s delicious!

MIDWEEK HANGOVER

“I’ll come to the pub, but just for one.”

Chocolate, thankfully, can help remedy the low blood sugar that comes from excess alcohol consumption

That is the last thing you remember from last night, but staring at your bedroom ceiling like Martin Sheen in the opening scene of Apocalypse Now, you’ve just snoozed your alarm for a fourth time, contemplating how you’re going to blag that you’re ill, not hungover, when it was you who bought your work colleagues the Jaeger-bombs before hitting on Carol from Accounts.

Don’t worry — we’ve got this. According to a recent survey, 200,000 people a day are hungover at work, so you’re not alone, nor are you the worst culprit. Just use this step-by-step guide to getting through the day and sending the devil of last night’s booze straight back to hell.

8:50am – Walk

Let’s start things light — get off your bus early. “A 10-minute stroll will open your airways and pull replenishing nutrients into your system,” says the English Institute of Sport’s Ally McDonald.

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9am – Modest Breakfast 

Spread some peanut butter on a piece of toast and pair it with a banana. These foods boost water absorption and have slow release sugars and good fats. Water.

10am – Juice

Pomegranate juice has three times the antioxidants of green tea, according to Agriculture and Food Chemistry; meaning that this memory-enhancer should help your recollections of last night, should you want to. Add spirulina to a juice to reduce stomach acidity.

(Related: The scientific hangover cure)

11am – Caffeine Break

If you’ve held off this far, well done. Coffee and tea are fine, but keep it to one cup; too much caffeine will have a diuretic effect similar to alcohol. Water.

12pm – Pre-Lunch Snack

Indulge your cravings. Those salty cashews offset any beer-related dips in testosterone. This is important for your impending lunchtime workout — it’s happening, get used to it. Water.

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1pm – Workout

“Blood flow increases, helping to re-oxygenate your cells and re-build energy levels depleted by heavy drinking and poor sleep,” say fitness manager Tim Hart. Water. Our 30-minute cure-all will see you right. 

1:30pm – Lunch

Old-school bacon and egg sandwiches will do the trick. The bread is the nutrient-dense carb that your body craves, the bacon has salt which will help replenish electrolytes (alongside the protein to feed your muscles post-workout) and both bacon and eggs have amino acids which will help break down the alcohol slushing around inside you. If you have it, add some black pepper and turmeric, these have liver-boosting curcuminoid compounds. Water.

Finish with watermelon and mango – they boost the natural sedative serotonin and detox your blood.

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2pm – Clean yourself up

Brushing your teeth will freshen you up and help conceal any of last night’s kebab/alcohol exhaust fumes. Alcohol widens the blood vessels and increases sweating so make sure you have a change of light and breathable clothes. Using a moisturiser or skin cream can give your skin some glow and keep you cool.

3pm – Music

The mid-afternoon slump in a day-long slump can be a low point. Plug-in to save your life. Research from Sunway University College in Malaysia found that upbeat music can stimulate your grey matter, improving focus and motivation to slog through the remaining hours. Water.

(Related: Smite A Hangover With God)

4pm – Sweet spot

Chocolate, thankfully, can help remedy the low blood sugar that comes from excess alcohol consumption and Dr. Bankole A. Johnson of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio says a little bit of the brown stuff (chocolate, not whiskey) can boost dopamine and serotonin.

5pm – Home time

Get out the door ASAP. Go home. Get some sleep. Actually, maybe find a second to apologise to Carol.

BÖKAN ROOFTOP BAR

Bōkan 38 Bar & 39 Rooftop, Canary Wharf

Get past its uninspiring Canary Wharf location and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Bōkan, a three-storey restaurant and bar at the top of the Novotel. With Mad Men-style, mid-century-modern furniture, exposed industrial fixtures on the ceiling, and warm, statement lighting, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay inside. But on a glorious summer’s day, Bōkan’s terrace is the place to be for an after-work drink, a Saturday brunch and live jazz on Sundays – all served up alongside breathtaking views of London.

Address: 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP
Telephone: +44 20 3530 0550
Website: bokanlondon.co.uk