The cocktail hour, time to taste a variety of appetizers before the main meal, and drinks to get the party started. Cured meats, olives, cheeses, and vegetables in oils and vinegars – lots of variety to get the taste-buds working. Often salty, or sharp, we added a little tangy Pine Syrup to give some of the ingredients a little sweetness.
Taking a selection of savoury biscuits, sandwich together with a simple cream cheese to give a creamy texture to contrast with the crunch, and top with the following selection or be as inventive as you wish, matching your selection with the drinks being served.
- Tomatoes marinated in Pine Syrup with black pepper. Sweet peppers work well too.
- Quick fried spinach leaves. Once crisped, sprinkle with rough ground salt and a few drops of syrup.
- Mushrooms quickly warmed through with olive oil, Pine Syrup and a little balsamic vinegar.
- Cream cheese with sesame seeds and sunflower seeds toasted with Pine Syrup and sesame oil.
- French Brie with a few drops of Syrup and dill seeds.
- Salami, a good spicy one with a few drops of Syrup and one with a little cream cheese wrapped in the salami.
- A hard cheese and a goats cheese with syrup and spicy peppercorns. Drizzle a little Syrup over the cheeses before serving.