The Atlantic Cocktail Party Menu

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These wonderfully brined pickled green almonds make an exciting alternative to the usual bowl of mixed nuts. View recipe here .


Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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To bring a retro taste of "Mad Men" to your party, try mixing up an Old Fashioned. This whiskey-based drink was one of the first to be officially called a "cocktail." View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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This REAL version of classic onion dip is made with caramelized pan-fried onions instead of salty, flavor-enhanced dried onion soup mix. Served with excellent potato chips, it is the ultimate cocktail party food. View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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These chicken cups from Wellesley's Blue Ginger make tasty hors d'oeuvres. View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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Who can resist one of summer's most popular vegetables in fried form? View recipe here .


Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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The Rickey is a category of mixed drinks made from a base spirit ( gin in this version), half of a lime squeezed and dropped in the glass, and topped with carbonated water. Little or no sugar is added to the Rickey. View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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Hosting a cocktail party doesn't have to be time-consuming. Here, five cocktails that are easy to make. View the list here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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This drink, by one of the world's best prohibition-era bartenders, brings to mind a perfect Rob Roy or even an Affinity Cocktail. View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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A similarly simple snack option is classic Italian bruschetta . This dish is also ripe for improvising: see this version using slow-roasted cherry tomatoes or this tomato-soaked Spanish variation . No matter which type you try, bruschetta is easy enough to assemble that you can have it out of the kitchen within minutes.



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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Nothing livens up a party like a little champagne. This drink combines it with vermouth and Campari to create a festive cocktail. View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.

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Though cocktail parties usually feature savory food, these almond "cigars" provide a much-appreciated touch of sweetness. View recipe here .



Recipes and techniques for refreshing cocktails and memorable snacks.