Red Carpet Appetizers and Drinks
This awards season, roll out the red carpet for your viewing party guests with these showstopping recipes.
The stars aren't the ones stealing the show this awards season. When your party spread features these red carpet-worthy nibbles and sippers, you'll be the star of the show.
First up is a pretty cocktail that guests will love.
Not to be confused with cheap imitations, Plymouth Sloe Gin—a sweet-tart spirit featuring sloe berries—is made from a time-honored recipe and worthy of a special libation.
The filling can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance, then brought to room temperature before filling the cups. Phyllo shells come conveniently prebaked, so they're ready to fill once thawed.
If you don't have a pastry cutter, use the rim of a drinking glass to cut rounds from the puff pastry. The light, fresh flavor of these tarts will be a hit with red carpet watchers.
Start making the phyllo stacks about 30 minutes after you put the cheese mixture in the refrigerator. Or make the cheese mixture a day ahead, and assemble prior to the party.
Raw oysters are delicious enough on their own, but this light dressing elevates them into the stratosphere. For an extra Hollywood-glam presentation, use a small plate and spread a layer of rock salt on the bottom. The salt evokes the sea and stabilizes the shells.
Toast the red carpet royalty with this fitting libation. This simple twist on the traditional kir royale blends tart-sweet pomegranate juice with subtle herbal notes from a rosemary-infused syrup. Float rosemary leaves on the drinks for a pretty garnish.
Blue cheese gives a bit of a bite, but is not overpowering, to this delightfully crunchy nosh. Prepare up to two days ahead and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Dip the pretzels, and store in the fridge on a parchment-lined tray up to five days ahead of your awards party. Set out shortly before serving, but not too far ahead, as the chocolate may melt.
The red carpet might be sparkling with starlets, but your viewing party will get an equal dose of glamour with this sparkling cocktail. A classic combo—sparkling wine, cognac, sugar, and a dash of bitters—makes for an elegant drink.
Lose the fork and knife for these healthy handheld bites. Smoky prosciutto and cauliflower fill bitter endive leaves in this flavorful party appetizer.
Crunchy phyllo-wrapped asparagus makes great pick-up bites for your party. You can also chop the prosciutto and sprinkle it on the phyllo if you want.
What would a red carpet viewing party be without the official snack of the big screen? For a more kid-friendly version, omit the ground red pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to two days.
An appetizer-only menu can leave guests feeling hungry, unless it includes an item like this one: Hearty and meaty, but elegant and refined at the same time.
A mix of fruity and meaty olives works well in this treatment. Serve with cocktails fit for the red carpet and your viewing party will be off to a great start.
If you start your awards show party with this festive cocktail, we can assure you guests will be dazzled from the very first sip. The flavor of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, distilled from sour cherries, captures the essence of the pristine fruit.
Gold trophies might be the coveted prize at the award show, but this brie topped with golden raisin compote will be the prize at your viewing party. This hearty appetizer is best made ahead of time, before your guests arrive.
Give your viewing party an international flair by serving this cocktail. Suze, a bitter French liqueur that's popular in Europe, is now available in the US. Order online, or look in boutique liquor stores.