Entertaining & Cooking Ideas
- SHAKEN OR STIRRED?
The general rule when making cocktails is that they need to be shaken when they include fruit juices, egg, cream or thick mixes; and stirred when distilled spirits or lighter mixers are used, to prevent the spirit being ‘bruised’.
- KEEP COOL
Ice forms an important part of any cocktail, helping to blend flavours when shaking as well as becoming a part of the drink when it melts. Ice cubes work for almost all cocktails, including ‘gentlemen’s drinks’, whereas cracked and shaved ice are great for classics such as the margarita.
When shaking cocktails, fill the shaker with ice first so the liquids cool as they’re added and be sure not to overfill it. Remember to shake vigorously – this helps to combine the flavours, creating a light and smooth cocktail.
The right glass can make or break a cocktail as many are tailored to the taste of the drink. Invest in your favourites for a truly authentic evening.
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Out of the frying pan
Barbecuing food offers a huge range of flavours and alternatives perfect for entertaining for friends and family. From herbed lamb kebabs and the trusty burger to beer can chicken and deliciously smokey 12-hour brisket, there's something for everyone
Cooking with gas barbecues
Watch our great cooking tips for gas BBQs. Get stunning pork joints using no oil, use flavoured skewers for that taste sensation, and grill the perfect sardines with a fish holder accessory -perfect for outdoor eating
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Our dining collection ranges from timeless classics by iconic brands, to fresh, design-led pieces
Serve your culinary creations with a flourish, using our vibrant tableware, glassware and linens
- 1. John Lewis Cabo Dinner Plate, Blue
Introduce a confident pop of colour to your table with this eye-catching plate
- 2. John Lewis Fiesta Margarita Glass
Serve cocktails in style with these decorative glasses, which are ideal for margaritas
- 3. John Lewis Cabo Bowl, Yellow,
Bring a touch of sunshine to any mealtime with this vividly coloured bowl
- 4. John Lewis Cabo Placemat, Set of 2
Ethnic inspired textiles will lend your home a well-travelled feel
- 5. John Lewis Cabo Square Placemat, Green
These unusual beaded placemats will add textural detail to your table setting