Cocktail Eats

Rustic Apple Tarts Infused with SKYY Infusions Ginger

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Courtesy of SKYY Vodka.

Ingredients

    1 tbsp. SKYY Infusions Ginger
    1/3 cup and 0.5 tablespoons sugar
    ½ cup apple cider or apple juice
    1 tbsp cider vinegar
    1 lb small gala apples (about 4; left unpeeled)
    1 frozen puff pastry sheet (from a 17 ¼-oz package), thawed
    3 tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Cook 1/3 cup sugar in a dry, 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, undisturbed, until it begins to melt. … Read more

Gorgonzola Bites

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Recipe courtesy of Campari.

Ingredients

    350g puff pastry
    250g gorgonzola
    1 egg yolk
    20g butter

Instructions

    Beat the egg yolk in a bowl using a whisk until frothy. Put to one side.
    Roll out the pastry dough using a rolling pin. Then, using knife, divide into eight equal rectangular pieces. Spread the gorgonzola evenly over one half of each of the rectangles then close, folding the other half over. Press the edges firmly together, moistening … Read more

Brandied Apricots

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Holiday Poached Pears with Bourbon

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Poached pears are a simple yet elegant dessert to serve at the holidays. This recipe has the colors and flavors of fall, making it perfect for Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

    4 fresh pears (I used Bosc)
    1 cup bourbon
    ¼ cup cranberries
    ¼ cup honey
    1 cup water
    1 tbsp vanilla
    1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

Core and peel the pears, leaving the stems on. Combine all other ingredients in a pot and mix, then place pears … Read more

Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice Cream

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1 large pasilla negro chile, stemmed, seeded, deveined
1 1/3 cups half-and-half
2 ounces Mexican chocolate, chopped into small pieces
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
4 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1 1/3 cups heavy (whipping) cream
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla, preferably Mexican
¼ cup Bohemia beer

Instructions

In a small skillet heated over medium, toast the chile, pressing it flat against the skillet with a metal spatula until it … Read more

Honey Bourbon Cocktail Cherries

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Bruschetta Appetizer

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Tomatoes and basil were meant to be together. This simple bruschetta recipe will only take five minutes to make but will taste elegant and refreshing. Summer cocktail party food at its best!

I like to use a mixture of roma and heirloom tomatoes, but use the tomatoes available to you that are the freshest and ripest.

Ingredients

    4 cups chopped tomatoes
    8 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    1 red onion, minced
    6 tablespoons olive oil (plus … Read more

Spanish Albondigas

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This recipe for Spanish-style meatballs packs a lot of flavor into a very small package. They’re perfect for cocktail parties. Tapas, small plates, hors d’oeuvres… whatever you want to call them, appetizers are my favorite kind of food! You can use the ground meat of your choice, but I recommend mixing lamb and beef for a rich, exotic flavor.

Ingredients

    ¼ lb ground lamb
    ½ lb ground beef
    ¾ cup dry bread crumbs
    1 egg
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Vietnamese-Style Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

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Vietnamese-style spring rolls are like a delicious shrimp salad wrapped up into the perfect warm-weather finger food! Sometimes called summer rolls, this appetizer tastes fresh and light.

While there are a lot of ingredients, most of the work is just chopping and assembling. So don’t let the long recipe fool you into thinking these are difficult to make!

I’ve chosen my favorite fillings, but feel free to substitute. Cilantro is a great addition, as are … Read more

Beer & Brats Stew

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You can’t go wrong with beer and brats. Another way to enjoy this dynamic duo is to make a stew. It includes vegetables, so let’s call it healthy. You can try this same recipe with steak instead of brats; it tastes just as great.

Ingredients

    1 lb bratwurst
    5 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 cup chopped savoy cabbage
    1 lb sliced white mushrooms
    1 onion
    2 carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 stalk … Read more
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