Mixology Report: A shot of a different sort

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

July 30, 2014 at 2:30 a.m.

One of the great things about summer is it's the perfect time of year to throw outdoor cocktail parties.

Garden parties at night are always a big hit.

The lights, the music, the chatter - hosting on your back patio or in your backyard can be a smash if you do it right.

Now, listen. Cocktails are needed, sure.

Chilled wine, cold beer, maybe a signature fruity blend served in chilled martini glasses.

But don't forget the food.

And you don't have to spend an excessive amount of money to serve your guests in style.

So while the following suggestions aren't alcoholic, they are served in glasses made for spirits.

Shrimp cocktail shots

Find a few clear or glass cocktail shots and pour your cocktail sauce in the bottom. Place one jumbo shrimp on the side and garnish with oregano and parsley.

Fries, ketchup tumbler

On a white platter or long serving dish, place several tumbler glasses on the tray and pour ketchup into the bottom of the glass. Stand a handful of fries straight up in the glass. Grind some fresh black pepper over the fries. For something extra, serve mini-hamburgers alongside this dish.

Tomato soup shot

Find your favorite tomato soup - Rachael Ray makes a great one - or make the soup yourself. Fill a shot glass three-fourths full with tomato soup. Skewer a tomato and black olive with a long, sturdy toothpick. Place the toothpick over each shot glass so it dips slightly in the soup. Serve on a long tray.



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