Cocktails: Summer Sangria

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.

Sangria, a common alcoholic beverage in Spain and Portugal, is typically made with wine and flavored with a range of citrus or sweet fruits. Sangria translates to "blood" in Spanish and Portuguese—unappetizing but apt, given its deep scarlet hue. When making this drink, you can soak the fruits for as little as an hour to a few days: definitely a no-brainer that only needs a few minutes of preparation.

Light and refreshing, our summer sangria should be your go-to beverage during the warmer seasons. The floral aroma of the rose syrup comes through with a single whiff, while the summer fruits provide a fresh sweetness to the wine.

Summer Sangria

Yield: 1 liter, estimated
Time: 45 minutes (10 min prep / 5 min cooking / 30 min steeping)



  • 1-750ml bottle dry white wine
  • 1 cup watermelon, cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup strawberries, cut into quarters
  • ¾ cup canned lychees, drained and cut in half
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups ice cubes

rose syrup

  • 2 tbsp dried rosebud tea
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water

Procedure: Sangria

In a pitcher, mix all the ingredients and the rose syrup in a large pitcher. Serve immediately

Procedure: Rose Syrup

  1. Bring all the ingredients to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.

Did you enjoy our Summer Sangria? Send us a photo of your sangria on We'd love to see how well your version turned out.


Our First Live Photography and Prop Styling Workshop

Price:           Php 16,000
Early Bird:  Php 14,500
Slots:           Only 16 slots

When:         July 22–23, 2017

Where:       Unit 108–110 G/F Ferros Bel-Air                      Tower, corner of Durban, Felipe,                      and Polaris streets Brgy.                      Poblacion, Makati City, 1210

Early bird pricing is only applicable for applicants who confirm on or before June 19, 2017. Sign up now!

Join the Photokitchen team in a two-day intensive class on the Fundamentals of Food Photography, Prop Styling, and Basic Post-Processing.

Explore different ways of working with natural light and create professional looking food shots using affordable equipment. Design sets for food subjects using Photokitchen’s extensive prop library and learn how to post-process your food images for both personal and commercial outputs.

We’re only opening 16 slots for this class to give each student a very personal hands-on experience. Students will be immersed in different practical exercises where they’ll be able to shoot and prop style dishes in their respective work stations.



Course Overview:

  • A clear understanding of natural light in food photography, and how to make the most out of it. How to use front, side, and back light.
  • Take noise-free food shots in low-light conditions.
  • Basic equipment, camera settings, lenses, and affordable tools to boost the quality of your food shots.
  • The different styles of composition and framing for food.
  • How angle & perspective is affected by the nature of the dish.
  • Starting your own prop library: What props to buy first.
  • Hands-on exercises. The class will be given editorial briefs to photograph and style sets of dishes on their own, with the guidance of the Photokitchen team.
  • Tips on dealing with clients and working with food brands in the form of actual real-life case studies.
  • Finding your workflow: Planning, styling, shooting, and post-processing using Adobe Lightroom.



What You'll Get:

  1. Knowledge and practical training to shoot food at a professional level.

  2. Live demos, exercises, and real-life commercial and editorial briefs to hone your technical skills.
  3. A food photography portfolio to start a career in the craft.
  4. Live critique of photos taken during the class itself.
  5. A certificate of completion.
  6. Access to all online classes here in Tablecrafter worth $265.
  7. Meals and snacks for the entire duration of the class.
  8. Access to exclusive food photography Lightroom presets made by the Photokitchen team.


What You'll Need:

  1. Full knowledge of basic photography principles. You can complete Tablecrafter's free Digital Photography Essentials online class here.
  2. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual and live view functions.
  3. A tripod during class.
  4. A laptop with Adobe Lightroom.


You may sign up here. Hurry! We only have 16 slots open.