Take the guesswork out of planning your next cocktail soirée with these recipes for elegant cocktails, each perfectly flavor-paired with a small bite.
Sip on a classic ice-cold Dry Martini whilst nibbling a Crostini with Green Olive and Anchovy Tapenade; try a fruity Strawberry Daiquiri with Strawberry, Mango, Basil, and Pine Nut Salsa on Baked Tortilla Chips; enjoy a sparkling Lavender French 75 with a Goat Cheese and Pink Peppercorn Ball or a Pisco Sour paired with a flavor-packed Pink Grapefruit Ceviche-Style Shrimp Skewer. For the holiday season, nothing will impress your guests more than a Clementine Caipirinha served with a melt-in-the-mouth Warm Brie and Cranberry Sauce Puff. From elegant classic drinks, to lip-smacking newer creations, tangy summer treats, and sparkling ideas for special occasions, here you’ll find all the inspiration and recipes you need to plan for every event from a stylish pre-dinner tipple with friends to a full-blown cocktail reception.
Julia Charles is a London-based editor and writer working in lifestyle publishing. She began her career at Penguin Books and during the following two decades worked for the Sunday Express newspaper, BBC Books and Time Warner Books. Best-selling drinks titles she has conceived and/or commissioned for Ryland Peters & Small include Gin Tonica, Parisian Cocktails, Cuban Cocktails, Prosecco Cocktails and Tequila Cocktails and she has worked closely with Tristan Stephenson on the ‘Curious Bartender’ series, including his bestselling debut The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail. She has always had a passion for global bar culture and has sampled many good (and bad) drinks on her travels including negronis in Naples, brandy in Barcelona, pisco in Macchu Picchu, mescal in Mexico City, beer in Beijing and Desi Daru in Delhi. Julia lives and works in London but is a frequent visitor to both Spain (where she has family) and the Greek Island of Antiparos (where she has delicious cocktails).