12 Days of Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres: Day 9

by Tokyo Terrace on December 5, 2009

Polenta Cups with Sweet Peppers, Manchego, and Almonds and a Sparkling Grapefruit cocktail

One of the best parts about cocktail parties is feeling like everything is specially made just for you. Little bite sized meals are placed on small plates or napkins and you don’t have to share them with anyone. Every little crumb is all yours. These polenta cups are a perfect example of an hors d’oeuvres that makes you feel that decadence to the max. Aren’t they adorable? Click here for the recipe.

To go along with these beautiful little bites, I created this Sparkling Grapefruit cocktail. It’s flavor is light and doesn’t compete with the food and it’s color is so festive and fresh. This cocktail is also easy to make for large groups and can be served in a punch bowl.

This combination is perfect for the holidays. I hope you will give both of the recipes a try! The Sparkling Grapefruit would be especially festive for New Year’s.

Sparkling Grapefruit
Makes 6 servings

1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
12 oz. gin
12 oz. ginger ale
2 oz. Grand Marnier
grapefruit slices

Combine the ingredients in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Place a bucket of ice to the side rather than in the bowl where it would dilute the cocktail. If serving in a punch bowl, be sure to have a ladle available. Garnish with grapefruit slices.

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Incredible combination. I like it that they’re so easy to prepare without the complications.

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Another winning combination :-)

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  • http://www.MyLastBite.com mylastbite

    It’s a cool Sunday morning in L.A… too early for cocktails? NOPE.

    Gorgeous photos!

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  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Just beautiful. Your photos are always set up so thoughtfully and with a great eye for detail. The drink looks so fresh and delightful. For the holidays, drinks that can easily be served to large groups are always helpful. Serving mixed drinks for large parties can turn into such a logistic nightmare, but this recipe would ensure an elegant cocktail and that the host gets to enjoy her own party!

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