Inside Cocktails and Appetizers
Welcome, and I’m glad you’re here! My name is Annie – my husband and I are empty nesters who love enjoying the best that life has to offer. Whether that means cooking a delicious dinner, traveling for a golf vacation, going to a rock concert or simply mixing drinks for Happy Hour!
Thank you so much for stopping by here at Cocktails and Appetizers, where I love sharing new favorite recipes. This site is where you’ll find hundreds of delicious food recipes, cocktail recipes and great ideas for party menus!
I believe that food and drink are some of the most powerful tools we have to connect with other people. But it doesn’t have to be difficult!
That’s where these recipes are absolute lifesavers. Invite over a group of friends, your family, or get together with coworkers. Bring along a super simple finger food or a pitcher of your favorite simple cocktail, and you’ll see just how important good eats are to stirring up a quality conversation!
Using the recipes from the site, you can easily create brand new traditions, add some pizzazz to old ones, or just sprinkle fun new recipes into your everyday life. With lots of options for snacks, desserts, appetizers, cocktails, and ways to customize everything to your liking, you’re bound to find something you absolutely love here.
So if you’re looking for…
- Cocktail recipes for your weekend party
- Quick recipes for afternoon snacks
- A pretty dessert to serve at a bridal shower
- All kinds of delicious appetizer ideas, perfect for Happy Hour, Girls Night, Date Night or Game Day
…you’ll find all these and more!
See, my husband and I enjoy cocktail hour on Fridays with friends. We love making and mixing drinks and are always on the lookout for another new recipe to become a favorite. Pair a refreshing adult beverage with the perfect snack and you’ve got an instant memory in the making!
Why Cocktails and Appetizers?
I love experimenting with new drink ideas and writing about them here in the cocktails section of the site. Not only that, but it’s fun to enjoy a delicious adult beverage with the perfect snack companion to go alongside it.
My husband and I also love being in the kitchen. Between the two of us, we come up with some delicious recipes for appetizers, snacks, treats, and side dishes that are adaptable to a wide variety of occasions and events. Whether you like sweet, savory, salty, or something in between, there’s sure to be something here you’ll adore.
Just because it’s a special occasion doesn’t mean you need to spend hours at the stove, checking your dish in the oven, or standing at the grill. There are a wide variety of snacks that are surprisingly easy to make but have a fantastic end result. These appies don’t sacrifice flavor or quality, and many of them are even good for you!
Pair a satisfying bite with the ultimate cocktail and you’ve got the perfect combination. For those evenings when you don’t quite want a full meal or special brunch occasions, the one-two punch of a cocktail with an appetizer can be the perfect solution to please any crowd.
It’s also the perfect party combo! The site is full of recipes for holiday-specific treats and seasonal goodies that will make excellent centerpieces at gatherings, surprises for date night, and more.
What Kind of Recipes Will I Find Here?
As the name implies, my focus is largely on adult cocktails (which often include instructions for alcohol-free versions) and dishes that are perfect to serve as appetizers and snacks! Not only that, but there will also be some sweet desserts and heartier dishes that can be served as entrees on busy weeknights. The point is to do things easy, to do them quick, and to do them right!
Looking for a low calorie cocktail – try this Skinny Bitch Cocktail, one of our most popular drinks (and it’s under 100 calories). Planning a party and need a yummy pitcher cocktail recipe? Try this Sparkling Blue Hawaiian – super easy to make and your guests will love it.
Or whip up a pitcher of this refreshing Champagne and Lemonade cocktail. Perfect to serve at a bridal shower!
Are these Recipes Difficult to Make?
Definitely not! I started Cocktails and Appetizers with accessibility and simplicity in mind. That means many of these recipes have short ingredient lists, only a few steps of prep, and can be whipped up in under half an hour for an emergency snack or quick afternoon drink.
If you’re brand new to home bartending in particular, don’t worry! We have you covered. All of these drink recipes are easy to make and don’t require a lot of special equipment.
If you’re wanting to set up your own home bar, you can download a complimentary Bar Item Checklist as our way of saying thank you for signing up for a weekly newsletter! It’s got everything you need to cover the basics, and then add to your home bar once you get going.
Are there Air Fryer Recipes?
You can find all our air fryer recipes right here. The air fryer is an excellent way to produce a fantastic appetizer without the fuss of preheating the oven, so I utilize it quite often when it comes to appetizers, desserts, and more!