Cocktail Party

White pan of 24 orange-red chorizo golf-ball-size meatballs

Chorizo Meatballs

Quite frankly, these remind us why meatballs are a thing of magnificence. They owe their loveliness to chorizo, chili powder, cilantro, and Cheddar.

  • (7)
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 32
Crackers topped with pimento cheese.

Pimento Cheese

You can practice proper Southern gentility, no matter where you’re from, simply by whipping up a batch of this classic crowd-pleasing party must, pimento cheese. Then prepare to be your most gracious self as you kindly accept accolades.

  • (6)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 193
Cheddar-Parmesan crackers on a black wire rack with a few on a black oval plate beside the rack.

Cheddar-Parmesan Crackers

Who knew that making your own crackers could be so easy?! This dough is a cinch to work with although the results disappear rather frighteningly quickly when there’s wine involved.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 6
Two martini glasses filled with spruce needle vodka with a spruce sprig floating in each glass.

Spruce Needle Vodka

Last-minute gift, anyone? Repurpose your Christmas tree by infusing vodka with a sprig or three. A celebratory and cinch of a project that extends the Christmas spirit–and spirits.

  • (5)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 24
Two glasses half-filled with Kentucky coffee and an open bottle of bourbon between them.

Kentucky Coffee

This bourbon-imbued after-dinner drink, a variation on classic Irish coffee, is guaranteed to make everything alright. Or at least seem it in the moment.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 4
A slab of red wine cherry cheesecake bars cut into squares.

Red Wine Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Like a slice of cheesecake smothered with the best, most boozy cherry sauce ever. Your fave diner dessert gone to finishing school.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 8 H
  • 0
An assortment of chocolate covered pretzels with white and dark chocolate coating and sprinkles

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

An impressive (and blissfully last-minute!) nosh with an incredibly satisfying salty sweet thing happening. And spectacularly simple to make. Decorate as much or as little as you like.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 0
Several Spanish olive oil tortas in a bowl lined with a lace linen cloth.

Spanish Olive Oil Tortas ~ Tortas de Aceite

We’ve been wobbly in the knees for these sweet and shatteringly crisp little Spanish olive oil tortas. And now that we know how to make them at home, we can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not…

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • 44
A cranberry margarita in a short glass with a skewer or sugared cranberries and orange zest across the top.

Cranberry Margarita

Because sometimes on Thanksgiving, you need something a little stronger than wine. Especially this year. We know we will. *hic*

  • (3)
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 10