The finishing touch to any good cocktail: the right garnish can make or break a drink. Display garnishes such as cherries, olives, limes, lemons and oranges in small bowls or ramekins near the mixers and glassware so guests can help themselves.
Mango spacho is a tropical take on traditional gazpacho, featuring garden-fresh flavors of green onion, sweet pepper, tomatillo, basil and cilantro. This bowl of mango spacho features a garnish of flowering cilantro stems loaded with coriander seed.
Adding a garnish to a cocktail doesn't need to be tiresome or tedious. Simply skewer a thin slice of lime and a small piece of grapefruit rind and place in a clear container or a shallow vase. Tip: Make these a day ahead and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Carry the centerpiece onto the plates with edible garnishes. An artichoke can make a great holder for a place card. Grapes and figs provide a little appetizer or even a healthy dessert. Tip: Keep a nutcracker and a bowl for shells on the table, so guests can sample the variety of nuts scattered on the table.
Designating a beverage station is a great way to keep the buffet table less crowded and carry the theme to other areas. To continue the party subtle menswear theme, search your favorite vintage store for a Mad Men-era decanter and vintage ice bucket. Be sure to stock the bar with plenty of cocktail napkins, ice and garnishes.
The sazerac is often referred to as the oldest American cocktail dating back to the pre-Civil War era. It has seen its share of changes, including the substitution of anise flavored spirits when absinthe was banned in the US in 1912. Because of that, you may see some variation in recipes, but the basics remain.
Today, renewed interest in mixology and classic drinks is helping the Rusty Nail make a comeback. The combination of blended scotch whiskey and Drambuie makes for a drink with a little sweetness and a little bite - no tetanus shot required.
Today, renewed interest in mixology and classic drinks is helping the Rusty Nail make a comeback. The combination of blended scotch whiskey and Drambuie makes for a drink with a little sweetness and a little bite.
Want an instant party hit? Combine two of the world's most popular ingredients: bacon + cheese. Just mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 8 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon. Form into balls and chill. Roll in chopped chives and more chopped bacon.
Tasty and packed with protein, these simple tomato bites are a great way to fill up guests on the cheap. As seen on Food Network, Robert Irvine shares his recipe for stuffing cherry tomatoes with a delicious chicken apple filling.
Press your own oranges into orange juice, then add a gourmet touch with strawberry garnishes. Hosts too busy to create their own fresh juices can create a similar look by simply dressing up store-bought juice with a strawberry, cranberry or blueberry garnish.