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Jan 9, 2008 02:40 AM

HELP! Out of ideas RE a Cocktail Party.

Ok ladies and gentleman I need help,
I'm hosting a cocktail party next week for 9-14 people and im out of ideas. I've had a few dinner/cocktail soirèes in the last couple of months and I'm running desperately low on ideas, i need some ideas that are simple, summery (Its the middle of summer here in Australia) and maybe with a bit of a twist. If anyone has any ideas they can give me I would be exceptionally grateful!!!
Thanks all for your time :)
Have a great day,

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  1. I'm hosting a Chino-Latino Asian fusion cocktail party in a few weeks myself. Hors d'oeuvres include banh mi a la cubana, vegetarian dumplings, tiradito of tuna, lechon with various sauces and empanaditas. For cocktails I'm thinking ginger mojitos and lychee martinis.

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    1. re: JungMann

      JungMann, can I come over:-)? Do you have a recipe for that lychee martini? My husband just bought me the St. Germain elderflower liquer (has a lychee flavor) & I can't wait to use it.

      Also, I used to get great recipes for drinks from In Style magazine but they changed their format a year so ago:-( One of my favorite summer drinks was from there. Watermelon, lime juice, vodka mixture with mint. Unfortunately, I've lost the recipe.

      1. re: ceekskat

        That reminds me of my favorite summer drink: watermelon-cucumber margaritas! They're simple: just peel and slice one seedless cucumber and muddle with cubes of seedless watermelon and a bunch of mint. I let that steep and then blend in tequila, lime juice, triple sec and a bit of sugar. I serve by straining into a chili-salt-rimmed glass. It sounds like more work than it actually is and the results are absolutely refreshing.

        Lychee martinis are equally simple. Just combine vodka with lychee syrup and a touch of lemon juice and triple sec. Shake and serve.

        1. re: ceekskat

          the SOHO liquer website has a recipe for the lychee martini, that's where i got mine from !!

      2. peel cherry tomatoes and soak in vodka and tabassco/hot sauce over night, mini Bloody Marys

        watermelon,fresh mozzarella, pineapple drizzled with balsamic vinegar on little skewers

        strawberries drizzeled with cooked down balsamic vinegar with ground pepper on top.

          1. re: Mandymac

            What a great article! Thank you for posting the link.

          2. Cold boiled shrimp is my go to appetizer served with lots of spicy cocktail sauce.

            Also, serve mojitos with fresh mint and key limes if you can find them. Mojitos taste like summer to me.

            1. KISS! Th simpler, the better! Everyone likes snow peas stuffed with Alouette herb cheese. Hollow out cherry tomatoes & stuff with store bought hummus & top with a sliver of black olive. Put out a variety of cheeses ( try to include different textures & sharpness; l'edel de Cleron is great instead of boring brie, horseradish cheddar, some blue (gorgonzola is easy to come by), round off the selection with a log of goat cheese. Surround everything with clusters of grapes and some lemon leaves; set out a tray or basket of breads & crackers, put out some small dishes of olives & nuts & you're done! Have fun.