With holiday party time in full swing, Bon Appétit Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Lindenauer has teamed up with BACARDI U.S.A. to create some new ‘small plate’ recipes that perfectly complement a merry collection of cocktails.
Punch and popcorn
Since nothing says party like a classic punch bowl, one excellent option is Bacardi Gold Rum Punch, a simple, fun and flavorful recipe that lets the host relax and enjoy the party with guests. Made with fresh juices, citrus slices and Bacardi Gold rum, Chef Lindenauer recommends pairing the punch with Truffled Popcorn. This snack is the ideal companion for a mellow, smooth punch and a totally luxe take on everyone’s favorite treat. Here’s the recipe:
4 tablespoons black truffle butter
2 teaspoons black truffle oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3 quarts popped popcorn
Salt, to taste
Heat the butter in a saucepan until just melted. Toss butter, oil and cheese with popcorn. Season to taste with salt and serve.
You can enhance the spirit of the season by welcoming guests with a signature cocktail like the Grey Goose La Poire Ginger Joy. Alive with the aroma of fresh Anjou pears, this cocktail has a subtle sweetness and soft flavor that perfectly complements the festive taste of ginger.
Margaritas with a side of salsa
The Tequila Cazadores Mistletoe Margarita, a festive cocktail made with Tequila Cazadores Reposado, is distilled from 100 percent blue agave and accompanied by refreshing pomegranate juice. Pair the cocktail with Chef Lindenauer’s Mango Black Bean Salsa, a light and lively seasonal salsa with a delicate balance of spice and a touch of sweet.
Since Martini cocktails are always in season, you may wish to enliven the celebration with the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Martini Cocktail. This crisp, yet refined cocktail can be served with Chef Lindenauer’s Stuffed Olives. Filled with ahi tuna, anchovies, capers and lemon, this gourmet pairing adds a salty twist to the traditional Martini cocktail.
Good friends, festive cocktails, delectable appetizers…let the party begin.