Cocktail Party Appetizers

These cocktail party appetizers and menus can be used to create an "express" party. The menus are perfect for any type of celebration, such as a birthday party, "congratulations" party or just because.

  • Plan party appetizers on the fly or study these menus for ideas on flavor combinations.

  • Check out the many choices of pre-made appetizers in your supermarket. Purchase the highest-quality you can afford

  • Try the "make one buy one" party planning method. This will save you time and keep your party jitters to a minimum




Southwestern Sassy

THE COCKTAILS
Sangria, Mint Martini, Mojitos

THE MENU
Sweet and Savory Popcorn and Nuts

Green Chile and Cilantro Salsa

Super Nachos
Serve both with tortilla or pita chips

Spicy Black Bean Salad
(omit ham if desired)

Southwestern Chicken Legs or Wings
Serve with Herbed Yogurt Dip with fresh oregano instead of basil and lime wedges


Fresh orange and radish slices

Purchase pecan cookies, mocha chocolate cookies or brownies


On this menu, give this unusual punch a try:

Mexican Tea Punch
Serves 8

2 Cups tequila
2 Cups strong, cold tea
1 Cup pineapple juice
1/4 Cup honey
1/4 Cup water
1/4 Cup lime juice
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon; ground
1-1/2 teaspoons aromatic bitters

Mix all ingredients and chill. Stir and serve over ice



Soirée For 12

Purchase the vegetable and fruit platters or go to Easy Appetizer Recipes for tips on creating your own


THE COCKTAILS
Cosmopolitans, Whiskey Sours

THE MENU
Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Vegetable Tray with Ranch Dip

Seasonal Fruit Tray with Strawberry Yogurt Dip
Mix strawberry yogurt with a touch of sour cream and honey

Chicken Chili Quesadillas

Crabmeat Stuffed Mushrooms

Crispy Mini Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce



Flavor-Packed Night

THE COCKTAILS
Vodka or gin mixed drinks. Bold red or white wines, beer and cider

THE MENU
Garlic and Pepper Marinated Olives

Roasted Chili Tomato Salsa
Serve with tortilla or pita chips, vegetable crudités and Cheddar cheese slices

Shrimp Cakes
Serve with Aioli, Tarter Sauce or Green Mayonnaise and lemon wedges

Wined Teriyaki Beef Strips
Serve with buttered French bread slices or mini croissants. Pass purchased teriyaki sauce if desired

Melon slices and strawberries, sprinkled with mint leaves


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