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Creating a Cupcakes & Cocktails Menu

Creating a cupcakes and cocktails party menu is fun and easy. Feel free to get creative with your cupcake flavors and cocktail offerings - half the fun is in finding new twists on tried recipes.

Tip 1: Creating the right mix

Pairing cupcakes and cocktails should be approached with the goal of creating a balance. Try to avoid mixing super sugary cocktails with super sugary cupcake flavors, since guests will be hit with a saccharine overload. Serve cocktails without sugar as well as the syrupy sweet ones to create a nice balance for guests to choose from.

Tip 2: Integrate wine and beer

Instead of only serving wild cocktails, consider including a mix of suggested wine and beer pairings with the cupcakes. Many wines have fruity, smokey or floral notes that pair very well with cupcakes, depending on the flavor. A rose with a hint of raspberry, for example, would pair splendidly with a cupcake that has a raspberry vanilla frosting.

Tip 3: Mixing and Matching Tastes

Wine and food pairings work for two main reasons. The first is that the wine and food have some similar thread within the palette that tie them together. The second is that the wine and food have distinctly different, but complimentary flavors that enhance the enjoyment of each other. Strive for this when creating the cocktails and cupcakes pairing menu.

Tip 4: Infuse Alcohol Into the Cupcakes

Who says you can't have your cupcake and your drink too? There are many great cupcake recipes that incorporate everything from Syrah to Kahlua to Bailey's Irish Creme to Guinness beer. A quick search will yield a plethora of delicious cupcake recipes that are delicious and also have a sneaky kick to them. Though most of the alcohol disappears during the baking process, a hint of the flavor remains. These cupcake recipes would be great paired with a cocktail or drink featuring the alcohol used in the recipe.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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