Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cocktail Party Fun

We finally got around to having a cocktail party a few weekends ago to celebrate my husband's early birthday and a farewell for some good friends. Aside from great company, tasty beverages and good munchies are a must for a successful cocktail party! Hope you can make use of the recipes below for your next get together.


Cocktails:
Dark and Stormy (This is my new favorite cocktail!)
- 1.5-3 ounces Goslings Black Seal Rum
- 8-10 ounces Ginger Beer (Flavored or Regular)
- Lime Wedges (Optional)
  1. Pour your rum and ginger beer over ice, stir, and enjoy! Use as much rum or ginger beer as you want, it's really up to you.
Emeril's Sangria
I used additional fruit and a grapefruit flavored sparkling water to add a little more citrus to the sangria. Remember you can always play around with different quantities to suit your taste!
 Appetizers:

- Jalapeno Poppers (Recipe listed on a previous post)
 
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip (Not figure friendly...but it's soo good)

 Ingredients:
- 2 9z boxes of frozen spinach (Fully drained, liquid removed), Chopped
- 2 14z cans of artichokes, Chopped
- 1 12z Cream Cheese (Neufchatel), Softened
- 2c Mayo
- 1c Sour Cream
- 1/2 Onion, Chopped
- 3 to 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- Handful of Parmesan Cheese
- 1-2c Shredded Mozzarella
  1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add some oil to a pan and cook down your chopped onions and minced garlic with a dash of salt and pepper, once they are ready set them aside to cool.
  3. Mix together your softened cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, parmesan, and your cooled onion and garlic. 
  4. Finally add your chopped spinach and artichokes and make sure it is well blended. Move the mixture into a oven safe dish (I used a 13.5x9 baker from Crate and Barrel) and top with 1-2c mozzarella cheese.  Cook for about 25-30mins just to warm the dip and melt the cheese.
Dessert:
- Churro Cupcakes (Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds!)
The awesome cupcake recipe came from Bakingdom! Even though I used coconut oil and changed a few measurements it still turned out amazing!


Frosting:
- 16oz of Cream Cheese, Softened ( I used neufchatel )
- 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 2 1/2c Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon 
  1. Mix together your cream cheese and butter in a mixer or with a hand blender.
  2. Add your sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. You can put it in the fridge for about 20mins if you want a thicker consistency for your frosting. 
Dulce De Leche Drizzle:
- 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- Pinch of Salt
  1. Empty contents into a double broiler heated on low. Stir occasionally for about 50-60minutes, you can keep it on longer to make it thicker as well. When it's ready, remove from heat and mix until smooth.
FINALLY, frost your cupcakes and drizzle it with dulce de leche! Try to save a few for your guests...

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