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Cocktails Meet Finger Foods In These Effortless Snack Recipes

Cocktail-Inspired Finger Foods: Snacking With A Twist

Want to elevate greasy, cheesy, fried and scrumptious finger foods to the next level? Here are some recipes inspired by popular cocktails! Check them out below.

1. Margarita Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

1.5 kg skinless, Boneless chicken breasts, cut into 12 strips
600 ml Frozen margarita mix, thawed
350 ml Don Julio Reposado tequila
240 gms Fresh cilantro, chopped 
4 tablespoons Chicken seasoning
Vegetable oil, for the grill
Baby arugula, for serving 
2 limes, halved, for serving 

Method

Put chicken, margarita mix, tequila, cilantro, and seasoning in a large resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out its air and seal the bag. Massage the plastic bag to mix the ingredients. Place the bag in a fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Soak 24 wooden skewers in water. Preheat a grill to medium. Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread each piece onto a skewer. Oil the grill and place the chicken skewers on it for 1-2 minutes per side, or until the meat is cooked through. Serve on a platter with arugula and lime.

Cocktail-Inspired Finger Foods: Snacking With A Twist

2. Bloody Mary Shrimp Shooters

Ingredients

24 Large Raw Shrimp peeled, tails left intact
700 ml Tomato juice
270 ml Smirnoff Vodka
50 ml Worcestershire sauce
8 teaspoons Horseradish
Several dashes Tabasco Sauce, to taste
Kosher salt
Lime wedges, thinly sliced, for garnish
Lemon Wedges, thinly sliced, for garnish 

Method

Prepare a medium bowl of ice water. Now, in a large saucepan, add water to boil over high heat. Salt the water until it tastes like the sea. Add shrimp to it and cook until the shrimp is just cooked through, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain the shrimp and put it in the prepared ice water immediately. Set aside for some time.

Take a large container with a spout. Add tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and tabasco sauce to it. Whisk the contents to combine. 

In a plate, add a layer of kosher salt. Take shot glasses for serving and rub a lime or lemon wedge on the rims. Dip the glasses' edges in the plate with the salt so that the rims are covered with it.

Pour Bloody Mary mixture in the shot glasses and garnish each of them with cooked shrimp, along with lime and lemon wedges. 

Cocktail-Inspired Finger Foods: Snacking With A Twist

3. Sangria Skewers

Ingredients

1.5 kg Cherries, pitted and halved
750 gms Blackberries
750 gms Blueberries
30 Strawberries, cut into thick slices
6 Apples, diced into 1'' chunks
6 Peaches, diced into 1'' chunks
6 Limes, thinly sliced
handful of Lemon Slices (optional)
200 ml Simple Syrup
3 l Red Wine
6 Oranges, freshly juiced
350 ml Peach Brandy

Method

Take a mixing bowl and pour wine, orange juice, brandy and simple syrup. Stir the contents to combine. Add cherries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apple, peach, lime, and lemon slices (optional). Stir to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 - 6 hours. Before serving, skewer the fruits on to picker sticks and serve.

While it's great to learn about alcohol, it is important to also consume alcohol moderately. Remember to serve and drink responsibly to ensure you and your guests are healthy and out of harm's way. If you know anyone who has trouble controlling their alcohol intake, please refer them to a professional immediately.

 

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