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New Year’s appetizers and cocktails

New Year's Eve is upon us and it is time to break out our best appetizers and cocktails for the celebration. Growing up in Hawaii, New Year's was a time for special pupus. We always had some form of fresh ahi tuna, usually sashimi or poke, or both. An article in the Honolulu Advertiser described a list of Hawaiian New Year's food traditions and at the top of the list was ahi. As the author succinctly put it, "If there is no ahi on the table, it is not New Year's."


Here is a collection of some of my favorite appetizers, including two must-have ahi recipes as well as a few festive cocktails to help you celebrate.

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Baked goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and basil appetizer

Ahi, avocado & grapefruit Thai-style poke  

Crab cakes with Asian dipping sauce

Sashimi tataki - Sam Choy style

Hawaiian pupu chicken wings

Polenta and veggie bites with honeyed cheese

Avocado shrimp cocktails in a jar

Burnt eggplant and yogurt dip - Ottolenghi

Modern roasted cucumber tea sandwiches

Favorite cocktails

Tamarind whiskey sour

Roasted champagne and cranberry sparkler

Upper Eastsider gin cocktail

Ginger smash cocktail

Orange Moscow mules

Moscow mule Maui style

Thank you for following us throughout the year. We are working hard on some great things for 2015 and are looking forward to sharing them with you soon.


Have a wonderful New Year!




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