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New Year's Eve appetizers to try at your next party

December 16, 2016
New Year's Eve is a time for friends, family, parties, and great food. The best New Year's Eve party will have just a spread of appetizers to enjoy and for people to graze on, rather than a sit-down meal. We've prepared a quick guide to all of the best New Year's Eve appetizers for all of your party guests. No party is complete without good holiday treats, so here are a few treats for you to whip up.

Shrimp Dip
Everyone loves some shrimp, so how about throwing it in a dip for a real crowd pleaser. Simply layer cream cheese in the bottom of a pie dish, then top with a jar of cocktail sauce and a can or two, depending on your preference, of mini shrimp. Serve with Ritz crackers for dipping, but don't expect this New Year's Eve appetizer to last very long. This is a holiday treat that will disappear in seconds.

Slow Cooker Bourbon Smokies

2 lb. cocktail wieners
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. ketchup
½ c. bourbon
1/3 c. finely chopped shallot
3 cloves garlic

Combine cocktail wieners, brown sugar, ketchup, bourbon, shallot, and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook on high until the bourbon smell has cooked off, about 6 hours. Serve with toothpicks. It's a great spin on a favorite New Year's Eve appetizer.

Caprese Bites
This holiday treat is one that is a favorite at many parties.

8 oz. mozzarella balls
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt
24 cherry tomatoes
12 fresh basil leaves
1 c. balsamic vinegar

In a small bowl combine mozzarella, olive oil, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, and season with salt. Assemble the skewers by layering a cherry tomato, basicl leaf, marinated mozzarella ball, and another cherry tomato. Place on your serving platter. Make the balsamic glaze by bringing balsamic vinegar to a low simmer and let it thicken until syrupy for about 15 minutes. Set it aside to cool and thicken, then drizzle over skewers.

Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick
No New Year's Eve appetizer spread is complete with some sweet holiday treats.

1 store-bought plain cheesecake
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp. coconut oil
½ c. rainbow sprinkles

Slice the cheesecake into triangles and insert a popsicle stick into them. Transfer them to a parchment-line baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to a simmer and add a glass bowl and add chocolate. Stir until melted, then stir in coconut oil. Remove from burner and let cool to room temperature. Dip each cheesecake triangle halfway into chocolate and add sprinkles immediately. Let sit for five minutes until magic shell chocolate hardens. Read More...

Holiday cocktails to help you get through the holiday season

December 16, 2016
The holidays are full of joy and cheer, not to mention presents, good food, holiday treats, family, friends, and likely lots of alcohol. Surviving the holidays can be a difficult task for some, while others just enjoy a nice glass of wine or an ice cold beer at dinner to help celebrate. So if you're going to celebrate during the holidays, why not celebrate in style? Here are some holiday cocktail ideas for your holiday celebrations this year. Remember to always celebrate responsibly.

Pumpkin Pie Martini
Pumpkin pie is a staple from November through December for any major holiday feast. So why not recreate it in drink form for your adult guests? Mix up some vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps, and half-and-half and distribute between martini glasses with a crushed graham cracker rim. Cheers!

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven
Everybody loves a good glass of hot chocolate, so give it an adult twist with this holiday cocktail recipe. Mix raspberry liqueur and crme de cacao with hot chocolate and pour into glasses. Top them with whipped cream and a fresh raspberry. It's the adult version of a favorite holiday treat.

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail
Apple cider is the other beloved holiday flavor, along with pumpkin spice. This holiday cocktail is good from November through the New Year. Simply add brandy to sweet apple cider and serve chilled. You can even garnish with apple slices if you want to be fancy with your holiday treats.

Hot Peppermint Rod
Peppermint is to winter and Christmas what pumpkin spice is to fall and Thanksgiving. Enjoy this delicious Hot Peppermint Rod drink this holiday season by mixing hot water and vodka. Top it off with whipped cream and a peppermint stick to give it a peppermint flavor. It's as simple as that.

Hot Buttered Rum
It sounds strange, but it's a holiday tradition. Hot Buttered Rum is a traditional holiday cocktail that is sure to please. Heat brown sugar, hot milk, and dark rum together and pour into a glass. Top each glass with some butter and allow it to melt. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg. It's a rich, decadent holiday treat that is sure to warm you up no matter the temperature outside.

Peach Sparkler
This holiday cocktail would be perfect for New Year's Eve toasts. Combine cognac, peach schnapps, simple syrup, and crushed fresh peaches, lemon, and orange and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a peach slice for a unique toaster.

The holidays are a great time to try some new drinks and the flavors throughout the season are delicious, so have a cocktail party and taste test some different flavors. Not up for hosting? Stop by Shooter's Wood Fire Grill and taste some of our unique winter cocktails and beers we have on tap. We'll do all the hosting for you. Read More...

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