Cocktail party

Pineapple Sangria

Pineapple Sangria

With the temps already in the 90s (ugh!), it’s definitely sangria time! What I love about sangria is that the alcohol content can be diluted without overly impacting the flavor. So on those hot summer days, you won’t do yourself in with a glass or two of it! I also appreciate that sangria can (and should) be made ahead, so when your guests arrive (I’m assuming you’re sharing that pitcher with someone)… it’s a snap to serve and you aren’t running all over the place mixing up custom cocktails. Read More

Smoked Salmon Ceviche Crostini

Smoked Salmon 'Ceviche' Crostini

To say I am a big fan of crostini is a major understatement. If I’m asked to bring an appetizer to a party, 80-90% of the time, I’ll be bringing crostini or some variation of.  A quick search of our archives made me realize that I really haven’t posted many of my go-to crostini recipes. In fact, the only one I found was my Shrimp & Goat Cheese Crostini. I have failed you. I’m going to make it up to you, starting now with this Smoked Salmon Ceviche Crostini. It’s SO simple, and can be thrown together in minutes.

I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping both smoked salmon and prosciutto in the fridge. They keep for a decent length of time (if unopened) and always seem to yield impressive-looking appetizers.  I’ll also usually have a loaf or two of those take-and-bake baguettes in the freezer. They are a great size and amount to just the right number of crostini for my typical-sized gathering. And of course, I always have a good variety of cheese on hand because, well,  I really like cheese. Those few things, with whatever other random ingredients I have on hand, will almost always make for a tasty crostini recipe.

So here’s one of my favorite crostini recipes…and probably the easiest. More crostini recipes to come!

Smoked Salmon Ceviche Crostini

Smoked Salmon 'Ceviche' Crostini





Ingredients


1 medium baguette
Olive oil, for brushing baguette slices
Kosher salt
1 8 oz. package of smoked salmon, cut into thin strips or diced
1  tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp finely chopped chives (fresh)
1/3 cup creme fraiche

Directions

Slice baguette into 1/4 inch-1/2 inch slices on a diagonal. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle some kosher salt on top and set aside.

Chop smoked salmon and toss in bowl with lemon juice. Add chives and toss to incorporate.

Broil crostini at 450 for just a couple of minutes. Keep a close eye as they will go from perfect to burnt in seconds!

At this point, you can either put the smoked salmon ceviche in a serving bowl and let your guests assemble their own crostini, or you can assemble them yourself for serving.

To assemble, top crostini with a spoonful of the smoked salmon ceviche and a small dollop of creme fraiche. Top with additional chives for garnish.

Enjoy!!

Smoked Salmon 'Ceviche' Crostini

 

Blueberry Mojito

 

Blueberry Mojito

Cheers to the weekend! If you don’t grow mint in your garden, you really should. Yes, it can be invasive, but it’s a small price to pay for having such an important cocktail ingredient readily available. My mint has been taking off like crazy this year and so I knew it was time to harvest some of it to whip up some mojitos. Checking the fridge to see what other ingredients I had on hand, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that blueberries were still available. Usually my son devours them within minutes of me unpacking the groceries. It’s an expensive habit that he’s developed. Time for him to get a job. He’ll be three this year, after all.

So here’s your Fruity Friday Cocktail for this week (if you missed last week’s Pineapple Mule, you can check it out here).

Blueberry Mojito
serves 1 (you’ll probably make more)

Blueberry Mojito


1 handful of fresh blueberries
1 sprig of mint
1 oz. lime juice
2 1/2 tsp sugar
2 oz. white rum
2 oz. club soda
ice

Muddle the blueberries with the mint, lime juice and sugar.

Add the rum and stir to combine. Pour over top of ice in cocktail glass. Top with club soda. Stir gently.

Enjoy!!

Featured cocktail tool: The Muddler

Cranberry, Goat Cheese & Roasted Garlic Naan Toasts

It probably would have been ideal if I would have posted this before Christmas, since it definitely falls into the category of a “festive” appetizer…but, hey, there’s still time before New Year’s! Cutting the naan into star shapes is totally optional, of course.

Cranberry, Goat Cheese & Roasted Garlic Naan Toasts

1/2 cup of whole berry cranberry sauce
5-6 oz. goat cheese
6 large cloves of garlic
4 pieces of naan bread
olive oil, for brushing

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap your garlic cloves in aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until quite soft.

If not using cookie cutters, cut your naan bread into roughly 6 wedges per piece. Cut two pieces of naan on top of each other to ensure that you will have top and bottom pieces that match. Put pieces on cookie sheets, brush with olive oil and put into oven at 400 degrees.

Allow to bake for about 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Now you’re ready to assemble.

Squeeze garlic cloves out of skins. Spread a little bit of the roasted garlic (about 1/2 a clove) onto the toast, then top with goat cheese and a teaspoon or so of cranberry sauce. Press a similarly-sized naan toast on top to make a little sandwich. Repeat.

Lavender & St Germain Martini

lavender st germain martini

File this one under “classy”. The addition of lavender makes this cocktail both special and pretty, especially if your lavender is flowering (unfortunately it’s fall right now and my lavender is without its beautiful purple flowers).

It’s tart, and not too sweet and tastes a lot like grapefruit, thanks to the addition of one of Beckham + Belle’s favorite cocktail ingredients – St Germain. Here’s how it’s done.

Lavender & St Germain Martini







































Ingredients

1.5 oz. gin
1 oz. St Germain
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 sprig of lavender for shaking and 1 for garnish

Directions


Place all ingredients (except for second sprig of lavender) with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with that second sprig of lavender.

Cheers!