Dec 30

New Year’s Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers


New Year's Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers

Pull on the glittery party hats, chill the champagne and pucker up for the big smooch at the drop of the ball. It’s time to mix up some New Year’s Eve cocktails, whip up a few appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, and bid adieu to 2012 as 2013 sidles onto our calendars.

My family and I will be indulging in our annual cheese, meat and vegetable fondues, and nibbling away at smoked salmon and capers. With the blood flowing straight to our stomachs to digest our feast, it’s unlikely that we’ll actually make it to midnight. Yeah, it’s a sure sign that we aren’t the party-loving spring chickens that we used to be, but we will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for our runs the next morning.

This post is chockfull of some of our favorite cocktails and appetizers. Whether you favor dips and spreads, crostini, or party-sized meatballs, this post has something for you. As for the cocktails…peruse through some of my favorites below and let me know what your favorite cocktails are. I’m always looking for new ideas!

May you have a rockin’ (but safe) New Year’s Eve!


New Year's Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers
Pink Grapefruit Greyhound Cocktail
Kamikaze Cocktail or Shot

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The Caesar Cocktail, aka The Canadian Bloody Mary
Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini


New Year's Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers
Shrimp Martini Appetizer with Tomato, Olives & Jalapeno Pepper
Strawberry, Brie Cheese, Honey & Basil Crostini
Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cream Cheese Spread

New Year's Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers
Roasted Shrimp with Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon
Savory French Toast Bites with Bacon, Tomato & Cheese
Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Green Salad

New Year's Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers
Baked Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
Grilled Pear, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Crostini
Southwestern Stuffed Mushrooms with Black Beans, Brown Rice & Red Pepper

New Year's Eve Recipes: Cocktails and Appetizers
Savory Cranberry, Pistachio & Goat Cheese Palmiers
Marinated Olives with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Fennel
Crostini with Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Melted Cheese & Sage

May 2013 be a happy, healthy and joyful year for each and every one of you!

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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

I’m not sure if we’ll make it to midnight either! Especially since our little guy will still be up at 6am 😉 Happy New Year, Dara! xo


2 Denise @ Creative Kitchen December 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

Happy New Year Dara! Your cocktails look so pretty. I need to get back out there for a run…..I think it’s been about 3 weeks which is FAR too long. Oops!


3 deb December 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

I never make it to midnight, but if someone was serving all these appetizers I’d sure try!! Thanks for all your recipes…


4 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

Love this collection, Dara! Gorgeous and festive appetizers and beautiful cocktails. Have a wonderful NYE and a Happy New Year!


5 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Great collection of ideas, Dara! Have a fantastic new year!


6 Lail | With A Spin December 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Wonderful collection, Dara. Very festive. Happy New year to you and yours.


7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

What a fab round-up, you know how to throw a party! Happy New Year! :)


8 bellini December 31, 2012 at 3:19 am

I hope that 2013 is rich in experiences, filled with love and happiness and of course great food Dara. Have a safe and happy New Year. Smile often it is contagious.


9 Frank @Memorie di Angelina December 31, 2012 at 8:47 am

Best wishes for a lovely New Years Eve. Looks like it’ll be delicious as well as fun… :=) Cheers, Frank


10 Laura @ Family Spice December 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

A truly spectacular round-up! Wishing you and your family a wonderous new year!


11 Amanda December 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Can’t wait to try some of these great recipes ,great collection !Happy New Year!


12 JulieD December 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

What a great round-up!! Hope you had a nice Christmas, Dara, and hope your 2013 is awesome!! Hope we get to meet up again in 2013!!


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