It used to be an early December tradition for editors to suggest to their food and drink writers that a column focusing on holiday season beverages would be “a good idea”. That was at a time, and in countries, where the myth of cultural homogeneity held sway: it was presumed that people who didn’t celebrate Christmas could never be readers of food and drink pages that rated the best mince pies, the ultimate turkey recipes, the perfect drink to go with your gammon.

While we’ve moved on since then, the one certainty except in formally teetotal homes is that the choice of family festive season beverages determines whether a lifelong vendetta or a lasting peace is achieved between guests shackled together by blood. If you’re certain that you can serve pretty much any old plonk and still gather the same party around your table this time next year, this column is not for you. For all others here are a few suggestions...

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