Spring Zingers: A Herb-Infused Cocktail Party

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Spring is here! The flowers are not quite in full bloom, but the herb garden is definitely looking happy… and what better to do with the longer evenings than to enjoy a few deliciously herbal cocktails in the garden?

I’ve put together five simple cocktail recipes featuring rosemary, Greek basil, thyme, lemon balm, and mint. They’re fruity and beautifully aromatic – perfect for inhaling the fragrances of spring! – not to mention very pretty to look at. They’re perfect for barbeque season and beyond.  Continue reading

Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Good Things!

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow! As a Londoner, I’ll happily take any opportunity to gather my nearest and dearest for dinner!

Having lived in the US, I’ve come to really love Thanksgiving food and traditions. However, this post is not about recipes; if you want to cook the perfect turkey or pecan pie you’ll have to look elsewhere (and then come back and tell me! I’d love to hear your recipes). Instead, this post is about creating a cosy Thanksgiving ambience and a bountiful tablescape in your dining room: I was inspired by the idea of a Cornucopia, ‘a symbol of abundance and nourishment… overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts.’ I took this idea and ran with it.  Continue reading

Halloween Drinks Party: Sophisticated Spookiness!

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Halloween is this Saturday! Here’s how to throw a themed drinks party without a plastic ornament in sight. In fact, you won’t even need to carve a pumpkin.

If you visit a supermarket this week, you’ll be confronted with a sea of Halloween decorations in classic colours: orange, black, deep purple and green. This colour palette was the inspiration for this post…but instead of stocking up on plastic props, I created a spooky party spread using lots of natural ornaments. Read on for tips on hosting your own rustic, sophisticated and perfectly seasonal party. Continue reading

Aperol O’Clock: Raspberry & Mint Cocktails in the Garden.

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The sun is shining and the bank holiday weekend is almost upon us: two facts that are clearly celebration-worthy!

If you follow Jenni’s Table on Instagram you might have spotted the odd Aperol Fizz lurking amongst the pictures, and today I’m sharing a very simple recipe for taking this cocktail to a sweeter, fruitier level. I call it a Muddled Raspberry & Mint Aperol Fizz, but you can call it whatever you like, as long as you give it a try! It’s absolutely delicious. Even if you find Aperol too bitter, this version should still appeal to your tastebuds. Read on for the recipe and tips. Continue reading

Wine & Washi Tape: A Taste Testing Party with a Twist

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What’s your favourite wine? Perhaps you have a preferred grape that you find yourself reaching for whenever you’re buying a bottle. Many of us claim to have a favourite, but a lot of the time we stick to old habits instead of experimenting with something new. I thought it would be fun to shake things up by throwing a wine tasting party…with a twist! At this party, the taste testing is done blind. Each guest brings their favourite bottle, which the host disguises so that no-one knows which bottle is which. It’s a simple idea and it’s a great way to enjoy some of the best things in life: Food, wine, and good friends.

My party was organised for six guests and, consequently, six bottles. (You’re not necessarily expected to finish the wine, ahem.) Read below for details, but the basic premise is as follows: Each guest has six glasses in front of them, one for each wine.  Guests are given a score card to record details about each wine. At the end of the evening, scores are tallied up, and the winning wine is revealed! You could even have a prize for the guest who brought the winning wine – perhaps a fabulous corkscrew. Continue reading