You guys, I cannot believe I've been a Domestic Slut for three months now and haven't told you about Sexy Bovril yet. It's a Christmas-time drink though, so now is a perfect time to make it. Its origins are lost in the mists of time (i.e. I can't remember who told me about it) and it might have an official name, but I've always called it Sexy Bovril. Not sure if it's a cocktail or a souped-up soup, but either way it's an excellent way to (a) get warm and (b) get tipsy.
As a vegetarian I can't partake in its awesomeness, but I've made it for friends both at the start of a wintry dinner party and as pre-pub drinks at home, and they loved it. If anyone can think of a good veggie equivalent, then let me know. The thought of sadly crumbling a cube of green Oxo into boiling water just doesn't have the same impact. Sexy Oxo? No, no, no.
You will need:
4 parts beef consommé
2 parts vodka
Heat the beef consommé until it's simmering. Add the vodka, a squeeze of lemon juice and tabasco sauce to taste. Pour into teacups or little bowls - something you can clutch for warmth - and hand out to your friends while they're still stamping the snow off their boots.
Savoury cocktail? Boozy soup? Who cares. Get it down you.