As I mentioned in my Holiday recap post, Kyle and I invited friends and family over for a Holiday Happy Hour party a couple of days after Christmas. My sister-in-law April was in town and helped me make some fun appetizers and drinks. Here are a few favorites:
Caprese Salad Bites
- Basil leaves (washed and patted dry)
- Boccioni sized fresh mozzarella or larger pieces of fresh mozzarella cut into bite sized pieces (patted dry with paper towels)
- Grape tomatoes (washed)
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
String one end of a basil leaf onto a toothpick. Next add a mozzarella bite and a grape tomato. Then string the other end of the leaf. Spread on a platter and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar just before serving.
These are April’s recipe and they went lighting fast so be sure to make a bunch!
- Baby bella or white mushrooms (cleaned and stems removed)
- Boursin cheese
- Cream cheese (low fat or fat free are fine)
- Parmesan cheese
- Red wine
- Red wine vinegar
Soak mushrooms in half red wine, half red wine vinegar for 1-2 hours. Mix equal parts Boursin and cream cheese (you only put a very small amount in each mushroom so it does not take a lot). Add a couple tablespoons of grated parmesan to the cheese mix. Stuff each mushroom with about a half teaspoon or so of the cheese mix. Bake at 300° for 20-30 minutes, until warmed through.
This is my Mom’s recipe – she served it at brunches and parties and it is always a hit! I made little bite sized pieces for the appetizers and they were great.
- # bacon
- dark brown sugar
I wanted to have a Champagne cocktail and came up with this – it was super tasty and went quick! This amount makes about 1 pitcher:
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup vodka
- 1/2 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
- 1/2 lime
Mix ingredients in a pitcher, adding the juice of half a lime and some lime slivers – serve over one or two ice cubes in a wine glass. Yum!
Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Vodka
- 1 can Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate Mix
- 64 oz milk
- Smirnoff Marshmallow Vodka, as desired
We prepped the hot chocolate mix according to directions with milk in a medium sized crock pot. Once hot, serve in mugs and allow guests to add a shot of Marshmallow Vodka as they wish. The really good hot chocolate mix made this! Really yummy and warm.
Our holiday happy hour was so much fun – thanks to all our friends and family who stopped by to celebrate.