Cocktail Parties: 5 Hors D’œuvres & Cocktail Pairings

published Aug 18, 2010
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We talk a lot about pairing wine and beer with food, but what about cocktails? Do you sip cocktails with snacks or with meals — or do you just drink them alone? If you drink them with a bite of food, do you have pairings that you love? Here are a few ideas for pairing cocktails with delicious snacks.

What makes a good pairing of cocktail with appetizer? Do you look for complementary flavors, colors, or textures? Personally, I look for related tastes — a pineapple cocktail with herbs to pair with mozzarella toasts; a crisp gin and tonic to go with cucumber-topped crackers.

Here are a few ideas that seem like they would make great pairings for a cocktail party.

5 Cocktails with Hors D’oeuvres to Match


— Sweet, salty, smoky, and a little spicy; all of these flavors would work so well together.

Gin and Tonic with Cucumber and Shrimp Crackers — Crisp, cool flavors. These two recipes were made for each other.

Margaritas with Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt — Yes, you could go the obvious route and pair a margarita with guacamole (try this grilled version) but why not try something different? The tangy, salty punch of margaritas would go splendidly with these rich, smoky deviled eggs.

Pineapple Basil Cocktails with Fresh Mozzarella Toasts with Spicy Herb Oil — Basil paired with herb oil and mozzarella, for a summery take on the caprese salad, in cocktail form. You could also pair this cocktail with these tomato mozzarella skewers.

Lemon Verbena and Orange Blossom Fizz with Cream Cheese and Arugula Toast Bites — A sweet, herbed (potentially non-alcoholic) cocktail is complemented by creamy yet slightly spicy toast bites. A perfect pair from the garden.

What are your favorite cocktail snacks to go with your own favorite cocktails?


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