January 3, 2012 0

National Toss-A-Fruitcake Day

By in The Butler Wine-Show

Out with the old and in with the new – that’s the idea of National Toss a Fruitcake Day. It sort of works: shouting “piss off” to all the stodge and spice of the festive season by hurling the greatest symbol of it across a park accompanied by a primal scream.

It being Pantomime season we found a giant and made him stand on a box while we hurled mince pies, stollen, fruitcake and pudding at him. But what to drink as you do it?

Pedro Ximenez is sometimes dressed up as Sticky Toffee Pudding wine to peddle to those who have fallen out of love with sherry. More fool them: this is a fantastic and versatile drink. And our example from Lustau is a safe choice.

You can get Hungarian Tokaji (sounds like Popeye) that is so sweet it makes your teeth itch, but look for bottles that say 5 Puttonyos for one that strikes a safe balance between sweet and zesty.

Finally, I found a Prune Eau De Vie that I was going to take round Cameraman’s for New Year but his seasonal bowel is already responsible for much of road works on the Hove borders, so felt this would tempt fate.

The first one will strip the skin from your throat, but thereafter its a joy – just remember that Eau De Vie is a 40% spirit, not a wine, so sip don’t gulp or you’ll have a hangover until Easter.

As for Giant Will and the fruitcake tossing: we will post the the results of the industrial tribunal soon.

Happy new year!

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