Festive Entertaining with FairPrice Finest
Want to be the hostess with the mostess this Christmas? You can do it quite easily with the right ingredients. Here at Honeycombers, we pride ourselves on giving good soiree so we spent an afternoon testing out some fuss-free recipes (with your festive fun in mind) and learnt to whip up a couple of cocktails and delish bites in a flash.
To seek inspiration for our menu, we browsed the FairPrice Finest Christmas catalogue. We selected the best of the produce and built up our stylish spread from there.
For the cocktails, we found recipes perfect for finishing up the leftover bottles of vodka around the house!
We tried our hands at mixing two cocktails – metropolitan (variation of cosmopolitan using black-currant vodka) and pear vodka mojito (sweetened take on the classic mojito) – and discovered that a few of us had the chops to be resident mixologists! We recommend investing in a shaker and a set of martini style glasses for an authentic cocktail party experience.
Metropolitan would be the slightly trickier drink between the two, and requires a little work with the shaker. Pop in a few ice cubes into the mix of vodka kurant, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice (feel free to replace the juices depending on your preference) – shake well and serve with a slice of lime.
Pear vodka mojito was child’s play even for the novices, and merely took a couple of minutes to fix up. Throw in a few leaves of mint and ice cubs into the cocktail glass; add in the vodka pear, lime juice, and soda– voila!
As for the nibblies, we made sure to include a vegetarian option and chose caprese canapés. We also suggest serving a seafood alternative such as smoked salmon blinis. Be sure to start off with the caprese canapés, which require an hour of refrigeration. Mix halved cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls (with a sprinkle of salt and drizzle of vinegar) in a bowl, and assemble them on toothpicks after refrigeration.
Speed up the preparation time for the smoked salmon blini canapés by grabbing a packet of ready-made cocktail blinis. To serve, spread a layer of soured cream on each blini, place a spoonful of seasoned diced salmon (with lemon juice and a dash of pepper) atop and garnish with a strip of lemon zest.
Need to fill up the food table? Supplement the canapés with a bowl of tortilla chips and servings of ready-made assorted dips. We swear by guacamole dip!
We wrapped up the preparation in under an hour and a half, and spent the rest of the afternoon lounging in the garden, sipping on homemade cocktails, and relishing our savoury spread. Could definitely get used to this kind of living!
All ingredients for these recipes were purchased at FairPrice Finest. Check out their website to find a store near you.
This article was sponsored by FairPrice Finest.