For this month’s TGIF Happy Hour event, I hosted a Martini Mixer paired with Swanky Snacks. This was such a great night with friends… but then again, you can’t go wrong with some delicious martinis. We set up our “Martini Room” with a whole assortment of fun ingredients for martinis including:
Fruit juices: Peach, mango
Flavored liqueurs: Apple Pucker, Papaya Schnapps
Mixers: Raspberry Vodka, Triple Sec
Fruit juices: Pineapple, pear, strawberry
Flavored Liqueurs: Blue raspberry, Mango, Double Chocolate, Mint Chocolate
Flavored Liqueurs: Grand Marnier, Godiva
Mixers: Gin, Vermouth, Vodka, Rose’s lime juice
Rimmers: salt, Lemon Drop, Pomegrante, Chocolate
topped w/Creme Fraiche & Dill
Linda’s Cucumber Cream Canapes
Betsy’s Cucumber w/Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade
Howard’s Phyllo Quiche Cups
Nelson’s Salame & Marinated Mushroom Plate
Yumi’s Onion Veggie Dip w/Crackers
Joelen’s Chicken Gyoza
The Disco Duck & Pecan Bars
Stina joins us to share two fab things – The Disco Duck martini and Pecan Bars using pecan liqueur. You must check out Stina’s blog for details and the recipes… who knew orange juice could taste so good and pecan liqueur existed?!
Becke of Columbus Foodie
Roasted Chioggia Beets with Feta
Are you a fan of beets? If so, great! If not, this recipe for Roasted Chioggia Beets with Feta that Becke shares with us just might make you change your mind. Aside from the rich color, this dish is sure to be a hit… especially with a nice martini to wash it down. Check out Becke’s blog for the recipe!
Courtney of Cook Like a Champion
Roasted Chicken Purses
Courtney joins us for her first blogging adventure and she chose an awesome recipe to share! Her Roasted Chicken Purses had a bit of Florida flair by using Mojo seasoned chicken. To check out how she did it and for the recipe, click on her blog link and give them a try!
Jen of Beantown Baker
Bacon Wrapped & Goat Cheese/Almond Stuffed Dates
Isn’t it true that bacon makes everything better?! Jen proves my point with her Bacon Wrapped & Goat Cheese/Almond Stuffed Dates. I’m seriously craving them and the combo of goat cheese & almond sounds so amazing. Check out her blog for the recipe and the step by step guide to prepare!
Karen of Loves to Eat Weblog
Karen joins us with a fabulous martini – the Grapefruit Martini! She has quite the advantage by having some fresh grapefruit to use, coming from the Sunshine State. Check out how she learned about the Grapefruit Martini and the recipe in her blog!
Jess of Cooking Up Memories
Jess’s husband gets into the action by concocting this martini with both their favorite liqueurs, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Dr. McGuillicuddy’s Cherry SChnapps. Check out Jess’s blog for the recipe and serve this up at your next get together!
Cara of Cara’s Cravings
Nutty Pumpkin Pie Martini
Cara is an inspiring person and friend of mine for many reasons… and on top of that, she is quite a fan of pumpkin. I’m so glad she’s participated in this event by sharing her Nutty Pumpkin Pie Martini. It’s a perfect martini to enjoy in the fall, especially during the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. To serve this up at your next fall party, check out Cara’s blog for the recipe!