Every cocktail party needs appetizers, to soak up the booze and keep party guests happy, but you can easily elevate your cocktail party by serving appetizers that are creative, delicious, and pair well with cocktails.
We’ve all been to those parties where the food is an after thought. It’s really a lost opportunity to elevate your party. Food plays a big role in the success of a party, and it’s important to put at least a little thought into what pairs well with the cocktails you’ll be serving.
To help you forms some ideas for hor d’oeuvres and finger food that you can serve alongside the drinks at your party, we’ve put together a little guide. These recipes were collected from our colleagues. You can see the full recipe by clicking the link below each photo.
Cocktail Party Appetizers
Dark Chocolate Figs with Gorgonzola Cheese
These Dark Chocolate Figs with Gorgonzola Cheese are served as an appetizer or dessert, your guests will fall in love. The ingredients are simple, but they all work so well together. >> See the recipe
Irresistible Teriyaki Salmon Bites
These Teriyaki Salmon Bites are coated in a sweet teriyaki glaze and fried to perfection, then topped with sesame seeds and green onions, to make an irresistible appetizer.
Honey Goat Cheese Balls
Easy to make and so delicious, goat cheese balls are perfect cocktail party appetizers. The tangy, lemony flavors in goat cheese, as well as the grassy and herbaceous flavors, go well with gin. >> See the recipe
⚯ Pair these honey goat cheese balls with a fruity gin cocktail, like this Raspberry Lemon Gin & Tonic.
Marinated Mozzarella Balls
These Mozzarella balls are perfect for cocktail hour. Cheese always goes well with cocktails, beer, and wine, so you can’t go wrong. But mozzarella pairs especially well with strawberry and black pepper, or anything smoky. It’s alsoan easy finger food that you can eat while sipping. >> See the recipe
French Onion Bites
French Onion Bites are made with phyllo pastry and filled with sweet caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese just like the famous French onion soup we all love, but in appetizer form. >> See the recipe
Mini Bacon & Onion Pasties
Caramelized bacon and onion is encased in flaky puff pastry to make a delicious appetizer. These are perfect for a cocktail party because the sour citrus in a cocktail cuts through the fat in the pastry and bacon. Your guests will love this combo. >> See the recipe
Sliced baguette dressed with pesto, mozzarella, and proscuitto is an easy appetizer that can be eaten easily at a cocktail party. >> See the recipe
Puff Pastry Pinwheels with Prosciutto
These Puff Pastry Pinwheels are easy-to-make. Just roll up prosciutto and grated gruyère cheese in puff pastry dough, then slice and bake. The gruyère cheese has a mild and nutty, sweet flavor and goes well with many drinks, especially red wine. >> See the recipe
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears
These prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears make a great finger food for a cocktail party. They’re easy to make and cook before the party, so you can have extra on hand to restock the plate, and they go well with a number of cocktails. >> See the recipe
⚯ Asparagus and bacon pair well with a Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria (which uses tequila instead of vodka). It also pairs well with a margarita or a smoky mezcal cocktail.
Mushroom Gruyere Tartlets
These cheesy baked Mushroom Gruyere Tartlets are easy to make and are an impressive appetizer for a party. The savory umami notes pair well with a number of cocktails. >> See the recipe
⚯ A Sidecar pairs perfectly with these mushroom tartlets. The aromas of citrus and cognac go well with mushroom.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears with Arugula
These little treats are deliciously sweet AND savory, which is a great pairing with any drink that uses simple syrup or tonic and lime. These are also a great choice for parties because they are gluten and dairy free, plus low-carb and Whole30. So there’s something for everyone. >> See the recipe
⚯ A gin & tonic will go well with this appetizer and so will our Ginger Pear Martini.
Fig and Bacon Jam Crostini
These crostini are topped with creamy goat cheese, homemade bacon jam, and fresh figs. They make a great finger food for a cocktail party. >> See the recipe
Sweet and Spicy Cream Cheese Dip
This Cream Cheese Dip appetizer recipe is a total snap to throw together in moments (like … 3 minutes flat)! It absolutely disappears every time, and everybody asks for the recipe! >> See the recipe
Strawberry Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
You’ve probably never thought of pairing strawberries with cheese or balsamic before. It sounds like an odd pairing, but in reality strawberries pair beautifully with the rich balsamic glaze and fresh basil. >> See the recipe
Cucumber Appetizer Bites
Cucumber Appetizers with Smoked Salmon (Gravlax) and Black Caviar are healthy appetizers. These easy Hors d’oeuvres or Zakuski are perfect for your next party. These Cucumber Bites don’t require cooking, are low carb and gluten free. >> See the recipe
Bruschetta with Seared Tomatoes & Burrata
This delicious bruschetta recipe with seared cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic and burrata is a decadent antipasto that will dress up your cocktail party nicely. >> See the recipe
⚯ The subtle, warm flavor of orange liqueur makes an excellent pairing for the mild taste of burrata. A Tangerine Champagne cocktail will pair nicely with this appetizer.
Oysters Rockefeller Recipe
This Oysters Rockefeller Recipe is very old, said to have been invented by Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans in 1840. They are so delicious and rich! Just like the Rockefellers! >> See the recipe
⚯ The most classic pairing with oysters is Champagne. The crisp fizziness of Champagne marries nicely with the brininess of oysters. It cuts through the richness and enhances the subtle flavors.
Devilled Avocado Quail Eggs
These adorable little devilled avocado quail eggs are great for cocktail parties. Everyone loves devilled eggs and these are just small enough to pop in your mouth as you hold a conversation. >> See the recipe
Before You Go
Delicious appetizers that pair well with great cocktails definitely make a statement. Your guests will be so impressed with the extra effort you put in. Here are a few more articles we think you might enjoy.
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