Some people like to boil their shrimp in beer, but I use white wine because I always have it around. Use about 1/2 cup white wine and fill the rest of the pot with water. Bring to a boil - I toss in a bay leaf, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and celery seeds. I let it boil for a few minutes to let the spices flavor the liquid before I add the shrimp. Boil the shrimp for about 3-5 minutes, or until they're pink and opaque. Serve with cocktail sauce.