Food & Drink

5 Unexpected Cocktail Recipes And Snack Pairings To Bring To Your Mid-Week Dates

By Isabella Jeffrey

If, like us, you love creating dinner party Pinterest boards and saving loads of TikTok tablescaping inspo, it's always a good time to dust off the good glasses and host a soiree at home with your crew. 

To help you level up your next gathering, we've teamed up with Cellarbrations so you can serve up some surprising cocktail and snack duos guaranteed to thrill your mates—plus, the cocktail recipes to save for later. 

French 75

With Brie Crostini With Prosciutto And Honey

We’re calling it, a French 75 is our new sunny go-to. Easy to make and refreshing to sip, this bubbly and classic cocktail is a fabulous thirst-quencher whether hosting a low-key birthday or celebrating surviving another work week. We recommend pairing it with a smooth and creamy plate of brie crostinis with prosciutto and honey to compliment the sweetness. 

Ingredients

30 mL Hendrick’s Gin
15 mL Lemon Juice
15 mL Sugar Syrup
60 mL Grant Burge Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV Bottle
Ice

Method

Add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a shaker with ice.
Shake for 15–20 seconds.
Strain into a flute glass, top with sparkling wine and enjoy

Gimlet

With Cheese Quesadilla 

Flex those dinner party skills while avoiding too much chaos in the kitchen with a round of gimlet cocktails and cheese quesadillas. Teaming the gimlet's sweetness with the crispy, pull-worthy cheesiness of quesadillas introduces an unexpected twist and enhances the zest in the gimlet. 

Ingredients

45mL Hendrick’s Gin
30 mL Lemon Juice
30 mL Sugar Syrup
Ice

Method      

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.
Shake for 15–20 seconds.
Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass of your choice and enjoy.

Drink on a bench

Espresso Martini

With Almond Biscotti

If you’re like us and believe the legend, we’ve got Kate Moss to thank for our timeless favourite—the espresso martini. Perfect for Friday night knock-off drinks this beloved cocktail always hits the spot. Although we usually prefer our coffee with a chocolate (or two), pair this bold and classic espresso aperitif with a nutty almond biscotti for a crispy contrast.

Ingredients

30 mL Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
30mL Smirnoff Vodka
30mL Freshly made espresso
Ice

Method

Add all ingredients and ice into a shaker.
Shake for 15–20 seconds, for that velvety foam.
Strain into a martini or cocktail glass.
Garnish with coffee beans and enjoy.

Daiquiri

With Beef Ragu Pasta 

If you’re like us, typically when you think of a classic daiquiri we’re looking for fresh ceviche and fish dishes to accompany it. Slow it down this long weekend with a round of daiquiris and bowls of slow-cooked shredded beef ragu. Pairing robust flavours from the beef ragu with the tart and caramelized flavours of the rum daiquiri—expect a round of applause from the table. 

Ingredients

60 mL Bacardi Rum
30 mL Lime Juice
30 mL Sugar Syrup
Ice

Method

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.
Shake for 15–20 seconds.
Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass of your choice and enjoy.

Margarita on a bench

Margarita

With Pad Thai

Don’t knock it until you try this one, pad thai and margaritas are the sweet and salty twist your long weekend dinner party won’t see coming. Whether you’re dishing the last of some leftovers or cheffing it in the kitchen—paired together a zesty margarita cuts through this sweet and salty dish perfectly. 

Ingredients

45 mL Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado Tequila
15 mL Cointreau
30 mL Lime
Ice

Method

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.
Strain into a cocktail glass of your choice with ice.
Salt the rim of the glass and enjoy. 

 

Get your long weekend celebrations on point with Cellarbrations' selection of drinks and snacks. Cheers to a good shout.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Cellarbrations and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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