beverages, Catering, Cocktail, Sangria

Looking for a cocktail suitable for a large group? Try Sangria

You’ll need:

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 750ml bottle red wine (see note)
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 750ml bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale

How to make it: 

Slice  & quarter 1 orange & 1 lemon. Add to a bowl with apple, cinnamon & brandy and leave in the fridge overnight (Apple Mix)

Juice remaining oranges and lemons.

Combine with apple mix, wine, soft drink & sugar. Stir to mix

Pour over ice to serve


Catering, Christmas, Christmas Serving calculator, Cooking

Christmas Party Tips – How much Food should I serve?

Okay, so you know when you are having your function, and how many people are coming. You’ve decided on the type of food, but have no idea how much to prepare.

Are you wanting to know how big a Turkey to buy? How many chickens to cook? What size ham to get?, How many canapés to prepare?

We recommend that you check out this  handy Christmas Serving calculator(includes cooking times) from How much should I serve

beverages, Catering, Cocktail, Cosmopolitan

Need a drink? Try a Cosmopolitan


  • 3 scoops ice cubes
  • 60mls (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 15mls (3 teaspoons) cranberry juice
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 thin strips lime rind, to garnish

Place the ice, vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into cocktail glasses and serve, each garnished with a lime rind strip or slice of fruit. Link to recipe: Taste – Cosmopolitan

Catering, Christmas, Christmas Desserts, Desserts

Christmas Dessert Idea – Chocolate Cherry Semifreddo

The joy in semifreddo is in its fluffy, soft texture. In Italian, semifreddo means “half cold”, which is a perfect description for this mousse-like ice-cream that remains velvety, even straight out of the freezer.

The mixture is whipped, so it contains a lot of air and sugar, which keeps it from becoming too hard. Better still, no ice-cream churner is required!

Get the recipe here: Link to desserts