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So many movies of yesteryear feature cocktails, and the atmosphere of those productions from Hollywood’s golden age is rich with sophistication and promise. We thought it would be fun, this party season, to capture that magic with drinks and nibbles inspired by classic films – and here they are… Lights, camera, action!
Crab and cayenne palmiers, p95, and drunk Spanish devils on horseback, p96, with olive-garnished martinis



Flaming rum punch

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)


The bumbling Clarence the Angel, who is tasked with helping George Bailey (James Stewart, above), asks for a flaming rum punch in this classic Christmas tale of love and redemption. He then changes his mind and orders a mulled wine “heavy on the cinnamon, light on the cloves”, but we thought a flaming rum punch was a more intriguing concept, so we knocked one up. It’s good chilled or warmed through, and it’s about medium on the cinnamon and cloves. We hope Clarence doesn’t mind – and we promise it will ring your bell…

Morcilla and spicy pepper sausage rolls, p96, with flaming rum punch

In a large jug, mix together 200ml dark rum, 100ml brandy, the freshly squeezed juice of 3 large oranges, 45ml grenadine, 500ml pineapple juice and 30ml sugar syrup with a cinnamon stick. Cover and chill until needed. When ready to serve, either warm through in a pan if you’re serving hot, then transfer the punch to a bowl, or, if you’re serving it cold, add ice cubes. Slice up another orange and stick cloves into the top or bottom slice. Float these on top of the punch. Warm a couple of ladlefuls of brandy in a saucepan until it steams. Pour it over the orange slices and set fire to the brandy using a long match. Once the flames have died down, ladle the punch into glasses garnished with halved orange slices.

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The Christmas & New year Delicious fulfils all your festive cooking needs. As well as our best-ever big day lunch, there are gifts for foodies, Christmas shortcuts, and three wise men – Hugh F-W, John Torode and Nigel Slater bearing recipes and tips. There are also cocktails and canapés, dramatic desserts, GBBO's Frances Quinn's cake styling and frangipane mince pies. And because there’s still regular cooking to do, we’ve included a Timesaver Meal Planner, too.