Wine and cheese, bread and butter, Fred and Ginger—some things are just meant to be together. Below are three winning cocktail-and-canapé pairings for every entertaining occasion.
Gala Double Old-Fashioned, $9.95
The Retro Cocktail Party: The perfect excuse to break out the vintage mismatched porcelain. Your best bet? Cool, classic gin cocktails paired with savory salmon canapés.
The cocktail: The Hanky Panky. Combine 1½ ounces London dry gin, 1½ ounces sweet vermouth and ¼ ounce fernet, stirred with ice and strained into a coupe glass. Your mother would be proud!
The canapé: Smoked salmon smørrebrød, Denmark’s famed open-faced sandwich, served on fragrant rye bread and topped with smoked salmon, radish and plenty of fresh herbs. Be sure to cut into bite-size pieces. If you’re looking for a second pairing, gin also beautifully complements classic deviled eggs.
Hatch Rocks Glass, $4.95
The Game-Day Bash: Cheer on your favorite team with food-friendly whiskey drinks and hearty bites, both guaranteed to satiate a rowdy crowd of superfans.
The cocktail: The Brown Derby. Combine 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce grapefruit juice and ½ ounce honey syrup, shaken with ice. It’s a great alternative to beer.
Josie Double Old-Fashioned Glass, $4.95
The Fall Harvest Party: Set an autumnal scene with lanterns, colorful leaves, a warming applejack-spiked cocktail and apps that incorporate seasonal greenmarket bounty.
The cocktail: The rosy-hued Jack Rose. Combine 2 ounces applejack, 1 ounce lemon juice and 2 teaspoons grenadine, shaken with ice, then strained into a coupe glass and garnished with a lemon peel. It offers notes of vanilla and spice ideal for fall.
The canapé: A salty, savory caponata is the perfect showcase for root vegetables, like eggplants, cropping up at autumn farmers' markets. For a bite-size version, make a batch and load it by the spoonful onto toasted pieces of baguette. Top each canapé with a sprig of flat-leaf Italian parsley.
Crate and Barrel provided the product featured here and sponsored this post.
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