This week she's letting us behind the scenes on a little summer party she had with some friends, which means... cocktails! Yep, it really is possible to throw a fancy drinks party for your girlfriends this summer without splashing the cash. She's included recipes for five cocktails and priced up a delicious sharing board full of Italian antipasto treats as well.
Here's what she had to say...
Some blogs are more of a challenge to write than others. This, I can promise you, has been no hardship! Me and some foodie friends, spent a sunny afternoon trying out food and cocktails, to bring you the best that Aldi has to offer for your Summer get togethers.
Cocktail parties can be expensive. You want to provide choice, but you don't want to overspend on the spirits, mixers and food. I have come up with 5 simple Summer cocktails and a fabulous antipasti spread, all using 100% Aldi ingredients!
The spirit of summer: Aldi-style cocktail recipes!Ready to have a go yourself? These are Amy's tried and tested summer cocktail recipes to help your bash go off with a bang. Each recipe makes one cocktail, so multiply the quantities as needed.
Aldi Whiskey Sour recipeImage: Amy Cassidy
This feels like a really grown up drink. Sweet and sour, the whiskey really is the star of this cocktail. You can use bourbon instead if you prefer.
Shake the whiskey, lemon and sugar syrup, with ice in a mixer. Pour into a tumbler and top up with soda water. Add a cherry and a slice of orange.
Total cost per serving: 99p
Aldi Raspberry Prosecco recipeImage: Amy Cassidy
This is so simple to make and looks so pretty! Aldi also sell a lemon sorbet if you prefer, or you could make a few of each.
Half fill a champagne flute with Prosecco. Carefully add a scoop of sorbet and gently press it in to the glass. Add the raspberries to finish. Be careful not to add too many, as they will make the Prosecco froth over.
Total cost per serving: 80p
Aldi Pina Colada Mocktail recipeImage: Amy Cassidy
This alcohol free cocktail is sweet and creamy, perfect for the kids! If you want to make it an alcoholic cocktail, just add a shot of rum!
At least 2 hours before you are making the cocktail, put pineapple rings and bananas into separate Tupperware containers and freeze them. Put the frozen pineapple, frozen banana, pineapple juice and coconut milk in a blender and mix until smooth. Serve in a cocktail glass with a slice of pineapple.
Total cost per serving: 50p
Aldi Mojito recipeImage: Amy Cassidy
Everyone loves a mojito! Make sure you have plenty of mint leaves as they require a lot. Don't be surprised if this is the most popular cocktail of the evening.
Take a tall glass and using your finger, dab sugar syrup around the rim of the glass. Place some sugar on a saucer or plate and dip the rim in it, until coated. Use the end of a rolling pin to crush 1 handful of ice, with the mint, lime, rum and sugar syrup. Once the mint and ice are well crushed, pour them into a tall glass. Add the remaining handful of ice and top up with soda water.
Total cost per serving: £1.14p
Aldi Bourbon Cider Cocktail recipeImage: Amy Cassidy
If you have guests who prefer a simpler drink, why not try this Bourbon Cider Cocktail? The sharpness of the cider and lemon is balanced, by the sweetness of the maple syrup and the kick from the bourbon. Add a sprig of Rosemary for a more smoky flavour and rustic look.
Place the bourbon, lime and maple syrup into a glass and stir vigorously until mixed. Add a handful of ice and top up with cider. You may need a little more or less cider depending on taste.
Total cost per serving 93p
Never made cocktails before? Take a look at my top tips to help you prepare.
Image: Amy Cassidy
Amy's top tips for throwing an Aldi cocktail party1. Choose wisely: Pick 3-5 cocktails to make (more guests, more choice).
2. Ask guests beforehand what their favourite spirits are and choose cocktails based around them. You don't want to be left with a bottle that nobody likes!
3. Ice, and lots of it! You can never have enough ice when making cocktails. Invest in some shaped trays and buy extra bags of ice as a backup.
4. There are bound to be some non-drinkers, so don't forget the mocktails!
5. The joy of cocktails is in the presentation. Make sure that you have plenty of fresh and frozen fruit to dress the drinks. Try and get a range of glasses to suit each cocktail - borrow from friends, rather than splashing out on new ones.
6. Making cocktails is time consuming. Plan drinks that you can make by the jug, like Sangria. Have bottles of wine ready for later in the evening, so you can relax.
7. Lots of cocktails call for sugar syrup. Make this ahead of time by heating equal amounts of sugar and water in a saucepan, until the sugar has dissolved. Place the syrup in a jar and store it in the fridge until you need it.
Aldi Antipasto recipe to go with your cocktailsImage: Amy Cassidy
Summer food is all about simplicity. Aldi have a great range of antipasto food, that is perfect for outdoor dining. My shopping list below provides enough food for 10 people as a light lunch or dinner:
Image: Amy Cassidy
Total cost of Antipasto: £19.15
With thanks to Amy Cassidy, Soraya Fawcus & Amy Cronin, for photography, styling, venue and company!