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
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!