Cocktail Party Ideas
Pop the cork off of that champagne bottle and raise a glass to the happiest of happy hours! Impress your guests with our party-planning tips, bartending tricks from the pros, everything needed to stock a home bar, and signature mixed drinks.
How to Host a Happy Hour Like Martha Stewart
Get acquainted with Martha’s secret weapon for entertaining: mind-boggling cocktails.AdvertisementAdvertisementFeature
Bubble-Themed Cocktail Party
Champagne, balloons, caviar. Throw a festive bubble-themed party, and fun will be all around.
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Cocktail Party Hors d'Oeuvres
Looking for the perfect bite-size snacks? Here are 20 delicious options, many of which can be made well ahead of party time.
Cocktail Party Etiquette: 11 Things You Should Never Talk About Over DrinksYou've got your case of business cards, a drink name you can order with confidence at the bar (even if you're not entirely sure what it is), a stain-remover pen (just in case), and all the mints your clutch can carry. You're ready for this cocktail party. Before you try out one of your amazing ice-breaking initiations with potential colleagues, read our list of social no-nos to avoid.
15 Recipes That Will Make You a Hit at Your Summer Cocktail PartyA sunny afternoon by the pool. A deliciously warm evening on the patio. These are the moments we fantasize about all year long, so now that the time is ripe, here are the recipes you need to throw a glorious summer party with cool cocktails and picture-perfect appetizers.
Pops and Bubbles: How to Throw a Champagne Popsicle PartyCocktail hour just got a sweet upgrade! Popsicles are the perfect summer throwback to childhood, but a little bit of bubbly instantly puts a delicious grownup spin on the frozen treat (and gives you one more reason to throw a party this summer).
How to Set Up and Stock a Home Bar
How to Mix the Perfect Shaken Cocktail
Professionals prefer the two-piece Boston shaker to mix cocktails. This glass-and-tin combination shaker takes a little effort to learn how to use, but once you do, it's quick, versatile, and rarely gets stuck shut.Recipe
Maple ManhattanTry grade B maple syrup here for a more assertive maple flavor.Recipe
Kingston NegroniDry shaking an egg white until frothy gives this take on a Negroni an unexpected creaminess.Recipe
Winter Cadillac MargaritaRim only half of the glass in salt to complement this sweet-meets-tangy drink.Feature
It’s Cocktail O’Clock!
Whether you're planning a New Year's Eve bash or just a fun get-together with friends, we’ve got the guys for you -- Patrick Janelle, the Instagram phenom behind A Guy Named Patrick, and his partner in cocktails and revelry, Maxwell Britten. Their winning party recipe: Take traditions of the past, add a splash of fresh style, and mix well.Recipe
Fried Prawn CrackersThese crackers are a great snack to have on hand. Keep a box in the pantry and fry them up when friends stop by.Recipe
Sweet-and-Sour Korean Cocktail MeatballsOld-school Swedish meatballs get a Korean twist, courtesy of gochujang, a sweet-and-sour chili paste.Recipe
Saffron AlmondsEasy to make but a luxurious and unexpected bar snack, that's these saffron almonds.Recipe
Toasted Coconut FlakesEasy and delicious, that's these coconut flakes toasted with honey and five-spice powder.Recipe
Fondue BitesA delicious portable take on fondue; bread cups hold the cheese and cornichons top it all off.Recipe
Clams & Oysters CasinoServing the oysters and clams atop rock salt ensures that they stay upright -- and also makes a striking presentation.Recipe
Mortadella, Artichoke-Heart, and Olive CrostiniWho needs bacon? These crostini pop are salty, meaty, and altogether irresistible.Recipe
Champagne FizzOur bubbly update on the classic Champagne cocktail features a piece of candied ginger rather than a bitters-saturated sugar cube.Recipe
Bacon-Wrapped Peppadew PoppersFinger food for contemporary palates, these bacon-wrapped, cream cheese-stuffed peppers are one-bite wonders.Recipe
Roasted Squash with Cherry Tomatoes and EggsLook for very small butternut squashes, or small to medium acorn squashes. If you find the hollow in a butternut isn't large enough, scoop a bit of the cooked flesh out before adding the egg.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Cauliflower-and-Mushroom RoastWe like to think of this recipe as a deconstructed, healthier grilled cheese. Cauliflower stands in as the base while the bread serves as a crunchy garnish.Recipe
Indian-Spiced Eggplant StacksWarm naan and some cucumbers make a nice accompaniment to this dish.Recipe
Brussels Sprouts with Oranges and BaconSmall thin-skinned oranges work best here. Look for organic, as you are going to want to eat the whole fruit. The combination of sweet orange, lightly smoky bacon, and caramelized brussels sprouts is absolutely addictive.Recipe
Roasted-Carrot-and-Beet TartThe cilantro here is fragrant even after cooking, and the vegetables' sweetness is offset by the toasted spices. Roasting beets provides more intense flavor but requires peeling them raw, which can leave hands red; consider wearing gloves.See More