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marius87 Jan 9, 2008 02:40 AM

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,
Guy

  1. JungMann Jan 9, 2008 06:08 AM

    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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      ceekskat Jan 9, 2008 10:35 AM

      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
        JungMann Jan 9, 2008 11:19 AM

        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
          im_nomad Jan 9, 2008 11:32 AM

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

      2. j
        Janet Jan 9, 2008 09:15 AM

        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. Mandymac Jan 9, 2008 10:33 AM

          You should read this recent article:

          http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/19/din...

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            Janet Jan 9, 2008 10:48 AM

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

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            BlueHerons Jan 9, 2008 11:05 AM

            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. passycafe Jan 9, 2008 11:06 AM

              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.

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                nemo Jan 9, 2008 10:31 PM

                Are these exactly the same people? If not, you can always reuse some of your favorites.

                Small fricos folded in half like a taco shell, filled with dressed baby greens salad. Eat before they get soggy.

                Cold soup shooters. Creamy avocado, pureed pea or asparagus, topped with a slice of avocado or crab or crumbled bacon or asparagus tip. Or gazpacho.

                Scooped out cherry tomatoes stuffed with deviled ham, horseradish, cream cheese.

                Cucumber cups filled with crab or shrimp salad.

                Jicama sticks sprinkled with lime juice and cayenne.

                Herbed cheese (here we have a brand, Alouette, that's tasty) spread on red and orange bell pepper wedges.

                Phyllo cups filled with ratatouille. Should be fine at room temp, but might get soggy if left too long. Maybe fill and pass, do another round later.

                A watermelon salsa or a salsa using whatever fruit is in season for you.

                Cantaloupe or other seasonal melon in bite size chunks sprinkled with cracked black pepper, served ice cold (on a platter over ice).

                Now, share some of your recipes, Guy! If you do this regularly, you must have some great ones. Thanks!

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                1. re: nemo
                  im_nomad Jan 10, 2008 05:23 PM

                  i made something once that was kind of a shrimp and mango salad thai type thing....and it was served in wonton cups...made by baking oiled wonton wrappers that had been pushed down into mini muffin pans....i can't remember the exact recipe for the shrimp salad thing....but i think it was in gourmet or bon appetit.

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