cocktail party

Baked spiced pecans on a sheet of parchment that is resting on a wooden serving board.

Spiced Pecans

“Super easy.” “Great with beer.” “Disappear fast.” “Yummy!” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe that’s a little sticky, a little sweet, a little spicy, and incredibly stunning.

  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Two mushroom strudels on a silver tray, one cut in half, with a knife resting on top.

Mushroom Strudel

Crackly phyllo that’s crisp as autumn leaves give way to tender wild mushrooms in this simple, sumptuous savory strudel.

  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 5
Two coupe glasses filled with martinez cocktail and a strip of orange zest with a cocktail shaker and more orange zest in the background.

Martinez Cocktail

The Martinez cocktail is a classic mix of gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters that creates a perfectly balanced and smoooooooooooooth sip.

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  • 1
Several plates with fluorescent glowing Jello molds

Glow in the Dark Jello

The spirits summoned for this ghostly glow-in-the-dark Jello hail from a bottle, not the supernatural. Whew. It’s just a gin and tonic under a black light. Who knew?!

  • 25 M
  • 11 H, 35 M
  • 34
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. It owes its loveliness to chorizo, Cheddar, chili powder, and cilantro.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
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A wooden bowl filled with Manchego potato chips and sprinkled with more Manchego cheese.

Manchego Potato Chips

Magnificent. Marvie. Munchable. Manchego-y. Mmmm. That’s how we think of these glammed-up potato chips (and you can use a shortcut by

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Four mini apple tarts made from apple slices in puff pastry shells on a plate

Cheater’s Apple Tarts

You’re going to feel like a cheat when you serve these obscenely simple tarts to guests. Shhhh. Your secret’s safe with us.

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
A white cake stand with four spirals of pumpernickel bread, salmon mousse, and smoked salmon

Salmon Mousse Pinwheels

Salmon mousse pinwheels are an elegant way to kick off a tea, cocktail party, or dinner. The pinwheels can be made ahead and sliced just before serving.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Pimm's Cup cocktail in a class with ice, slice of cucumber, on a flowered tray

Pimm’s Cup

The iconic summer cocktail. Gin. Lemonade. Ginger ale. Citrus. Cucumber. Mint. Yes, please.

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  • 5 M
  • 2
Red Singapore Sling with gin, cherry brandy, Benedictine, and triple sec in a tall glass with a cheery and pineapple skewer

Singapore Sling

It doesn’t get much more retro or groovy than this turn-of-the-century cocktail. Gin, cherry brandy, sweet and sour fruit juices, and club soda make for an easy, not-too-intoxicating sipper.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
A metal skillet filled with warm olives, rosemary, and lemon zest.

Warm Olives

Simple and impressive and ready in less time than it takes to run and buy marinated olives. That’s what we call honest entertaining.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
A pitcher of Pimm's cup, with a half-filled glass and a vase of flowers on either side of it.

Pimm’s Cup for Wimbledon

A sprightly summer cocktail, this vibrant variant on a Pimm’s Cup is a wham bam grand slam of booze, orange, lemon, cucumber, mint, and lemon-lime soda.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 17