Once upon a time, two clever elves noticed the holiday season was upon them. Buffalo at Silverado decided to share easy cocktail and appetizer recipes that would help you host the perfect gathering. The crafty masters also suggested tips and tricks for an effortless clean up!
They invented a delightful peppermint spiced cranberry sparkle; a timeless cocktail that would keep even the coldest guest warm and wanting more.
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
- 1 bottle of Champagne
- 4 champagne flutes
- Sweet cranberry cocktail juice
- Peppermint schnapps
- Lime halved into 4 slices
- Sugar for the rims
- 4 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
- 8 fresh cranberries
Directions: Rim glasses with lime and dip in sugar. Pour 1/2 ounce of peppermint schnapps into glass, 1/4 cup of cranberry juice, top with champagne. Garnish & aroma: Use a tooth pick to poke holes through 2 fresh cranberries, thread rosemary sprig through cranberries and hang off each glass.
Keeping with the red and green theme the elves decided to have something hot and tasty for their guests. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus. “The perfect bite-size starter for any cocktail party,” the young elf commented, as they began cooking away.
Ingredients: Serves 4
- 12 Asparagus spears trimmed
- 12 strips of Prosciutto
- Frying pan with 1 tsp of coconut oil
Directions: Wrap prosciutto tightly around each asparagus spear. Heat up your frying pan until the coconut oil is sizzling . Pan sear until golden brown (approx. 1-2 minutes).
While the hot snack was sizzling away, the elves decided to create another green and red option for their guests. This time a cold one— Caprese salad skewers. “My favourite!” shouted the elder elf. The elves started prepping for their snack leaving the recipe behind.
Ingredients: (Serves 4-6)
- 1 container cherry tomatoes
- 1 container fresh basil
- 1 container buffalo mozzarella
- 12 wooden skewers
- Olive oil & Balsamic vinegar
Directions: Alternating between tomato, basil leaf and mozzarella balls, add each to the skewers. Fold the basil so it’s the same size as the tomato. Garnish with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. So delicious, healthy and festive.
“Our guests will love these,” the elves both nodded while decorating their beautiful kitchen and sipping on their cocktails.
Tip 1: Prepping is key. Be ready for your guests to arrive. Prep your cocktail glasses and garnishes and have them ready. All that’s left to do is pop the champagne!
Tip 2: Keep small waste cans around the room making it easy for everyone to toss their serviettes.
“Imagine the number of holiday gatherings we could host with our kitchen island and eating bar,” the elves laughed as they envisioned the parties they could have. “This kitchen is the perfect set-up for a buffet dinner party!”
…and they partied the holidays away.
Stay tuned for more holiday tips and tricks!
Until next time,
Whitney @ Buffalo