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New Year’s Eve: A 5-Ingredient Holiday Cocktail Party

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New Year’s Eve: A 5-Ingredient Holiday Cocktail Party

December 29, 2017

Still on the fence about whether to throw a New Year’s Eve party? Here’s a plan for a last-minute holiday cocktail party that requires only five ingredients (plus a pantry staple or two). Our faithful friend and photographer Olivia Rae James recently captured such a party on camera. As far as we’re concerned, it’s proof that miracles really do exist.

Photography by Olivia Rae James.

Step by Step: A 5-Ingredient Cocktail Party

Easily assembled at the last minute, these ingredients are all you need for a holiday cocktail party.
Above: Easily assembled at the last minute, these ingredients are all you need for a holiday cocktail party.

5 Ingredients

  • A bottle (or three) of bubbly—Champagne, Prosecco, Cremant de Bourgogne…anything that you like
  • A slab of fresh Greek feta
  • A hearty loaf of fresh bread
  • A bunch of fresh rosemary
  • Marcona almonds

Optional: Candlelight

Not necessary, but highly advised: a collection of votives to set the mood.
Above: Not necessary, but highly advised: a collection of votives to set the mood.
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Above: One of Olivia’s friends kicks off the party by popping a bottle of Champagne.

Recipe: Roasted Feta Cheese

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Above: Olivia made what’s become a true Gardenista favorite: roasted feta.

The process is simple: Slather a block of Greek feta with olive oil, cover and bake at 400 degrees for eight minutes. Drizzle with honey and rosemary and put under the broiler until the cheese begins to brown and bubble. It’s a crowd pleaser every single time. For the original recipe, see Roasted Feta with Thyme Honey on Food 52.

Roasted Almonds

Roasted marcona almonds with sea salt and rosemary.
Above: Roasted marcona almonds with sea salt and rosemary.

Olivia roasted raw marcona almonds in a 350-degree oven with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary for from ten to 15 minutes, turning with a spatula every five minutes or so to make sure they didn’t burn. The result: the perfect salty snackable for mitigating the effects of too much Champagne.

The spread, with festive greenery peppered throughout by Lily Peterson.
Above: The spread, with festive greenery peppered throughout by Lily Peterson.
The sixth ingredient for any good cocktail party: a delicious baby for nibblingPI mean, cuddling.
Above: The sixth ingredient for any good cocktail party: a delicious baby for nibbling…I mean, cuddling.

Above: Cheers to creating at least one holiday event sans stress.

Planning to throw a last-minute party? For more inspiration, see Festive Recipes: Apple Cocktails for the Holidays.

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