and after all that, there is call for something invigorating and alcohol free so here is my recipe for a really refreshing drink that still has an element of sparkle (and would happily take a splash of gin or vodka if you haven't yet finished celebrating...)
chop up a few lemons and limes into wedges and divide between tall glasses. add a teaspoon of caster sugar and gently crush with a pestle to release some of the juice and the flavour from the zest
crush ice. i use a strong food bag filled with ice cubes and tied, rest it on a folded tea towel and bash with a rolling pin. add a generous amount to each glass
top up with your choice of mixer (soda water, tonic, lemonade, sparkling water)
mix the drink with a long spoon or use the cocktail shaker from your unopened cocktail kit
add a fresh mint leaf, a straw, a miniature umbrella, a sparkler.....