Sunday, 6 December 2015

#Christmas Recipe: How To Make Negus #Dickens #XmasInLondon #XmasBooze

Following on from our earlier post on Fezziwig's Party…

The hot, seasonal drink Negus was invented by one Colonel Francis Negus sometime in the early eighteenth century.

The wonderful website tells us that Jerry Thomas, in his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks says that Negus is "A most refreshing and elegant beverage, particularly for those who do not take punch or grog after supper."

Here’s how to make it:


50 ml Port
25 ml Claret
25 ml Burgundy
1 teaspoon of Brandy
50 ml Water
Half a Lemon, thinly sliced in rings
Pinch of Grated nutmeg
1 Heaped tsp Sugar


Gently heat all the ingredients in a small saucepan.

Strain into a heat-proof goblet when hot.

(makes one serving)

Christmas 2015 With London Walks

The Amazing Old Shops Walk takes place on the 19th December – meet Judy at Green Park Station at 10:45a.m

The Christmas Lights & Seasonal Cheer Pub Walk takes place on the 19th December meet at Embankment Tube 7:15p.m

On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks:

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square

Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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