Whether you're hosting a simple cocktail party or a lavish feast, these 50 diverse recipes for elegant, finger-friendly appetizers will kick off your meal in style. From crunchy cheese straws to goose liver terrines, each delectable dish pairs well with wintry libations and will get your guests in a festive spirit.
Fresh mint and anise-flavored absinthe combine over crushed ice for a pleasantly refreshing cocktail. This recipe was developed by astrologer/bartender Patricia Clarke Hippolyte especially for Aquarius as part of our Mixstrology series.
The inspiration for this drink was a cocktail called the Trinidad Especial, which includes a full ounce of Angostura bitters. Boelte wondered, "How can I do something like this in the German-Austrian tradition, to reflect the menu at Prime Meats?" The answer: Asbach Uralt, a long-aged, full-bodied German brandy, and Underberg bitters, a German digestif that comes in adorable .75-oz bottles. Boelte has a friend who makes a delicious toasted orgeat syrup, but any orgeat will bring a floral fragrance and nutty almond quality to this warming combination of spice, sweetness, and toasty depth.
Read the article on how Damon Boelte, bar director at Prime Meats, New York, uses nutmeg: Nutmeg Cocktails for the Holidays
Orange flower water makes a wonderful accent to armagnac's notes of dried fruit and vanilla; combined with vermouth, the result is a delicately sweet, subtly floral cocktail that's perfect as an after-dinner drink.
Aperol has a lightly herbaceous and pleasant bittersweet orange flavor. This cocktail, from Cotogna restaurant in San Francisco, pairs it with lemon juice, seltzer, and egg white for a frothy drink that's perfect for brunch.
Although the title calls for pumpkin, this recipe can actually be made using red kuri squash. Either way, you will end up with a delicious dessert that celebrates the flavors of the fall and winter and will impress all of your guests.