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Cocktail Party recipes


Last Updated : Feb 25,2020



कॉकटेल पार्टी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Cocktail Party recipes in Hindi)
કૉકટેલ પાર્ટી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Cocktail Party recipes in Gujarati)

 

Top 10 Snacks, Starters for Cocktail Parties

A cocktail party is usually an occasion for celebration. It might be to celebrate an occasion, an achievement or simply a sophisticated get-together.

Some of the occasions for which cocktail parties are held:
1. Pre-wedding events
2. Birthday party
3. Business meeting
4. Baby shower
5. Engagement
6. Any other happy moment worth celebrating!

  Top 10 Starter Recipes
1. Corn Cheese Balls
2. Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip
3. Pav Bhaji Fondue
4. Besan Masala Peanuts
5. Aloo Cheese Croquettes
6. Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries
7. Ricotta and Cherry Tomato Crostini
8. Broccoli and Cheese Balls
9. Pesto Corn and Black Olives Pinwheel Sandwich
10. Paneer Tikka

At a cocktail party, the guests are usually served several bite-sized starters along with alcohol-based drinks or cocktails. A couple of non-alcoholic mocktails are also served for teetotalers. The guests will be moving around freely at a cocktail party. The snacks or starters may be placed at tables at convenient places or carried around by bearers depending on the scale of the party, the place where it is held, the number of helpers available, etc.

Usually, dry and bite-sized snacks are preferred. The starters are always made to look very attractive because there is a certain standard to live up to in a cocktail party! The cocktails may precede a brunch or dinner party.

 

10 Tips to choose your Veg Starters wisely for Cocktail Parties

1. Always include some starters with bread as it soaks up alcohol.
2. Let not all the starters be deep-fried. Not only will it get difficult to prepare, but some people might be hesitant about having so much deep-fried stuff. So, include some raw, steamed or baked starters too.
3. Include a selection of chips and dry tidbits that can be enjoyed with dips.
4. The starters served should be easy to pick and eat, and not saucy or messy. Go for bite-sized!
5. Pick a good mix of deep-fried, baked, tandoori and barbequed snacks.
6. Make it convenient for the guests by serving each starter with toothpicks and tissues.
7. The starters should be piping hot and fresh.
8. Ensure that the starters are circulated well, or placed amply in several locations, so that is it available for all the guests to try.
9. The cocktail snacks must be arranged attractively in platters to make it look classy.
10. Do not select starters with uncommon ingredients, because some guests might be hesitant to try. Mushrooms and eggs are also not very preferable.

A mix of Indian and international starters will strike a proper balance and make sure all your guests are satiated. When a series of snacks is served one after the other, variety is very important. Only then people will pay attention to and individually relish each snack. If the snacks are repetitive, for example if you serve four or five types of tikkis one after the other, the guests will get bored and not even notice what they are eating. So, go for a good variety.

This is not very difficult to do, because there does exist a rather large pool of cocktail snacks and starters in every cuisine. You can go for standard, ever-popular choices like the Corn Cheese Balls, Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip and Besan Masala Peanuts, or surprise your guests with something different like the Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries or Pav Bhaji Fondue! Croquettes and crostini are ideal to serve at cocktail parties because they are handily sized and extremely attractive to look at. If you are planning to serve Tikkis or samosas, make sure you size them small.

When arranging a cocktail party, the idea is not just to serve satiating food, but to do it in such way that you set a new standard that’s spoken about memorably for a long time! Class and convenience go hand-in-hand to make a cocktail party a great success.


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Pomegranate Citrus Juice
Recipe# 41196
21 Feb 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Tangy joy in every sip! This juice combines pomegranate juice with the citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit and lemon in a very interesting way. The layers of red and orange look absolutely awesome in the glass, and the fresh taste of the juice is even more fabulous. The grapefruit segments in th ....
Malai Paneer Dill Balls, Cold Starter
Recipe# 41233
15 Feb 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
What a delightful snack to behold – and to bite into! The Malai Paneer Dill Balls is a dainty cold starter, made by coating succulent balls of paneer with finely chopped dill leaves. The melt-in-the-mouth texture of malai paneer together with the irresistible taste of dill leaves, which is absor ....
Pita Bread, Lebanese Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Recipe# 22571
15 Feb 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
A popular bread from Mediterranean cuisine, Pita Bread can be had as it is with Hummus or used to make tasty dishes like Falafel . Take care to dis ....
Cheesy Rice Stick
Recipe# 40861
04 Nov 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Cheesy Rice Stick is a snazzy starter made with a dough of rice and potatoes perked up with appropriate herbs and spices. Portions of the dough are stuffed with a piece of cheese before being deep-fried to a perfect golden brown. The cheese melts in the heat and coats the inside of the ric ....
Lemongrass Iced Tea, Indian Style
Recipe# 501
10 Feb 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
lemongrass iced tea recipe | Indian style lemongrass iced tea | hare chai ki patti iced tea | with 10 amazing images. lemongrass iced tea recipe is also called hare chai ....
Guava and Pomegranate Drink, Peru Aur Anar ka Drink
Recipe# 41359
15 Feb 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Combine the lusciousness of guava with the peppiness of pomegranate and you get a mouth-watering drink that will elate your senses. Both fruits are known for their distinct flavours and their special touch can be felt in the juice. A dash of black salt accentuates the flavours further, makin ....
Spicy Garlic Hummus
Recipe# 41552
05 Feb 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
spicy garlic hummus recipe | spicy garlic hummus without tahini | Indian style spicy garlic hummus | healthy garlic hummus | with amazing 16 images. Spicy garlic hummus ....
Grilled Broccoli Recipe
Recipe# 42228
28 Jan 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This is surely one of the yummiest ways to enjoy fresh and crisp broccoli! Marinated with lemon juice and black pepper, and then grilled to perfection, the Grilled Broccoli has a nice texture and fabulous flavour, with spicy and tangy tones. This delicious treat is also equally healthy, being ri ....
Grilled Sweet Potato in Lemon Coriander Dressing
Recipe# 41710
23 Sep 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is a radically new way to use sweet potatoes and it is sure to become one of your favourites too! Here, we have grilled the sweet potato slices with olive oil, and laced it with a mind-boggling dressing that combines tangy lemon, peppy coriander, spicy green chillies, a bit of this and a bi ....
Queso Dip
Recipe# 39811
14 Jan 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Queso Dip is a great accompaniment to crunchy nacho chips, as it provides a perfectly complementary blend of spice and cheese, which is what ‘queso’ means. Cheese slices melted with a mix of milk and chopped spring onions, garlic, chilli flakes and tomatoes gives the right balance of creamy cheesine ....
Galouti Kebab On Crispy Naan
Recipe# 41988
14 Jan 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The Galouti Kebab on Crispy Naan is an appetizer with such an attractive appearance and awesome flavour that it will capture everybody’s attention. It does involve a bit of effort but it is not difficult per se, and is surely worth the time you put in. More so, if you are serving it at a party b ....
Corn Kachori
Recipe# 41535
24 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a yummy variant to the traditional dal kachori, which is sure to entice everybody, especially children. This amazing variant is made with a filling of crushed sweet corn kernels and sliced onions perked up with tasty spice powders. Like all authentic kachoris, the deep-fried Corn Kachori ....
Papad Paneer Crispies ( Kebabs and Tikkis Recipes)
Recipe# 32746
11 Jan 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer is a versatile ingredient that works with myriad ingredients, absorbing their flavours and complementing their textures effectively. Here, soft cubes of fresh paneer are sandwiched with a fiery red garlic chutney, dipped in a flour batter, rolled in crushed papad and deep-fried, resulting in ....
Fried Chana Dal, Savoury Jar Snack
Recipe# 42424
02 Jan 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Fried Chana Dal is a common, time-tested namkeen that nobody tires of! The crispiness of the deep-fried chana dal together with the chatpata seasoning makes it a great success with young and old. It is a priceless, intensely satisfying experience to pop some of this into your mouth before you si ....
Dhokla Sushi with Bell Peppers
Recipe# 41200
26 Dec 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Love the exotic flavour of Sushi but don’t have the time to prepare it, or don’t have access to the ingredients? Not to worry. We have brought together Indian and Japanese styles to create a dhokla-based sushi, which anybody can make and enjoy any time! You can also surprise your guests with thi ....
Plum Cake, Eggless Plum Cake
Recipe# 41307
23 Dec 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Christmas is just so incomplete without Plum Cake. In fact, the air is so rich with the smell of Plum Cakes baking in ovens all around the city that everybody wants to have a bite. For those of you who do not have eggs but have been ....
Hummus, Lebanese Dip
Recipe# 22719
20 Dec 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Hummus, the famous traditional Lebanese spread, has a creamy chickpea texture. It tastes fantastic when served as apart of a mezze platter with Pita Bread or ve ....
Pav Bhaji Fondue
Recipe# 39815
02 Dec 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
pav bhaji fondue recipe | creamy pav bhaji fondue | with 20 amazing pictures. Friends and family coming over and want to serve them something that would tantalize their taste buds? Here we have given a transformation to the very famous Indian ....
Masala Makhana Recipe, Healthy Lotus Seed Snack
Recipe# 42412
27 Nov 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Let's take a few minutes to jazz up roasted makhana, so that a healthy snack becomes super tasty too! Here the crispy roasted lotus seeds are given a chatpata touch by adding some peppy spice powders including chaat masala. This is a healthy and tasty jar sna ....
Corn Rolls
Recipe# 4119
10 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
These scrumptious Corn Rolls stand apart from other run-of-the-mill starters due to the tongue-tickling Oriental-style filling of corn, onions and green chillies perked up with soya sauce. Bread acts as the holder for this mixture, while plain flour helps seal the rolls. Drain the oil well aft ....
Raw Banana Fritters, Kela Bhajia
Recipe# 40825
16 Nov 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Lose yourself in the scrumptiousness of these yummy bhajias made of raw bananas. The Kela Bhajia is a fabulous tea-time snack , with the inimitable flavour of raw bananas coated with a batter of besan flavoured with asafoetida and caro ....
Malai Paneer Mixed Herb Balls, Cold Starter
Recipe# 41236
30 Jan 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
paneer mixed herb balls | healthy malai paneer mixed herb balls starter | crumbled cottage mixed herb balls | with 8 amazing images. paneer mixed herb balls is made with a very soft paneer ....
Paneer Tikka, Punjabi Paneer Tikka in Oven
Recipe# 30878
26 Nov 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
paneer tikka in oven recipe | Punjabi paneer tikka in oven | paneer tikka | with 30 amazing images. A party without paneer tikka would be ....
Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40346
23 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The all-time favourite combo of Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip is not only energizing but also delightful to kids because they love the ‘chip-n-dip’ concept. It will be so much fun to find such an exciting option in the tiffin box that they would love to share it with their friends, so make sure you pa ....
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