beverages, Cocktail

Need a drink? Try a Tom Collins

30mls Gin

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 thin slices of lemon

1 glace cherry

2 Tbs sugar syrup (½ cup caster sugar dissolved in ½ cup water)

Chilled mineral water

Fill glass with ice, pour over ingredients and garnish with lemon and cherry

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


beverage, beverages, Cocktail, Egg Nog

How to make egg nog

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup dark rum (Bourbon for something different
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • ground nutmeg to serve
  1. Place eggs, sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in rum, brandy and half the cream.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat remaining cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Pour egg mixture into 4 heatproof glasses. Top with cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve.
Christmas Party Planning

Christmas Party Tips – Beverages

A general rule of thumb is to provide a minimum of 1.5 bottles of wine for each adult guest (regardless of who is drinking or not).

If you don’t know the drinking preference of your guests opt for half red, half white. (Include champagne if it is to be drunk with the meal)

If champagne/sparkling wine is only used for toasts or aperitifs then plan for 1 bottle for every four guests.

If making cocktails/egg nog make 1.5 cocktails for every guest.

Ensure that ample jugs of water (and ice) are available.

Add one bottle of soft drink for every four guests, and one bottle of juice for every 6 guests

The following links allow you to put in details like the number of guests, type of event and duration of event and then provides suggestions on the number and type of food items and beverages you may require.

Dan Murphy’s Party Planner