These light, smooth cocktails are some personal favorites that are perfect to serve before a dinner party. Serving cocktails to your guests prior to the meal is not only a great way to keep guests occupied while you finish preparing the food, but also serve as an appetite stimulant, or an aperitif
. Any drink that contains gin
or Campari are good choices and those listed below are quick and easy to mix up and are universal to most tastes.
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The classic Martini is always a great choice because the recipe can be adapted easily to individual taste if a guest prefers their Martini Dry, Perfect or even a Gibson. Perfect combination for any meal but I especially prefer a Martini before any vegetarian meal like Creamy Artichoke Pasta
If you're serving something southern like Lemon Chicken With Mushrooms
prepare your guests with a refreshing Gin & It. This is just another variation on the Martini, it substitutes sweet for the dry vermouth and is garnished with a cherry, that's IT.
Lovers of scotch will enjoy this cocktail as an alternative to the Martini. A Rob Roy is a sweet, smooth drink that men tend to prefer and makes a nice warming drink for the colder seasons. Try this cocktail before a meal that features Cassoeula
, a hearty pork, sausage, and cabbage soup.
Perfect for summer dinner parties as it is a very light, refreshing cocktail. Serve Gimlets to your guests as they sit on the patio and you finish up the spareribs
on the barbecue.
The Manhattan has been served before dinner since it's creation, which has been a long time since it is one of the oldest cocktails. So many people cannot be wrong and it's popularity has not been lost to time. This cocktail is the perfect combination with any gourmet food such as Blackened Salmon with Chipotle Squash Puree and Mang
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A Negroni is a great testament to the flavors of Campari. A sweeter version of the classic Martini, the orange flavors of this cocktail are a delight before any meal. A wonderful precursor for Cornish Game Hen with a Citrus
or any meal with a citrus glaze or marinade.
For a very simple and great tasting cocktail the Campari Cocktail ranks high on the list for elegant pre-dinner favorites. The bitters
will get your tastebuds ready for a great meal. A personal favorite for a meal to pair with this cocktail is Stuffed Eggplant with Crab