For many people, the beginning of the year is the ideal time to reflect and set goals, establish new plans and think about opportunities to do things differently. But also, it is at this time that many look forward to one of the most popular parties in the world, Carnival.
Certainly, this is an excellent occasion to prepare a lively party and gather family and friends at home. Even if you are not an expert in the kitchen, it is possible to make the celebration please anyone with a simple tasty menu and neat drinks.
In order to leave your party even more in the mood of Carnival, how about investing in a special decoration? Many colors and brightness will definitely make a difference. And don't forget to ask the guests to come dressed up! It will definitely be a success!
If you don't know where to start, don't worry. This article will help you with some ideas of practical snacks and drinks that can not be left out of the celebration, among them a mouth-watering caipiroska recipe. Check out!
1. Cheese stick
A piece of firm cheese cut into a toothpick, breaded and fried. The cheese stick is a snack that cannot go wrong. If you still want to spice it up, serve it with different types of sauce like garlic, onion or black olives.
That way your guests can dip each crispy cheese stick in one of the sauces before eating. It will make all the difference! And it will certainly go very well with drinks based on cachaça or vodka, like the capiroska recipe below.
2. Caipiroska recipe
The traditional caipirinha, a drink that takes lemon, sugar, ice and cachaça, is one of the drinks that represent the Brazilian DNA. There's no way. But the version that takes vodka instead of cachaça, called Caipiroska, also fell in people's taste.
So, to enjoy the carnival holiday, write down the caipiroska recipe with lemon and surprise your guests. It combines very well with virtually all snacks and is very simple to prepare.
Bruschetta is a snack that is always present in starter and finger foods due to its versatility. As the carnival party is more informal, this snack is a good choice because it is easy to prepare and serve. In addition, it is very tasty and sure to please everyone. The preparation takes only a few slices of bread, tomatoes, basil leaves and cheese.
4. Piña Colada
If you like sweet and creamy cocktails, Piña Colada is the drink that you cannot miss at your carnival. The famous Puerto Rican drink takes coconut milk, pineapple juice, rum and lots of ice. The result of this mixture is indescribable, your guests will love it. To serve, decorate the glass with a small colored paper umbrella and a delicate slice of pineapple.
5. Skewer of cold cuts
Another snack suggestion that deserves space at your carnival party is the cold meat skewer. It is difficult to find someone who dispenses a combination of cheese cubes, salami, ham, olives, hearts of palm and cherry tomatoes.
When serving, it is possible to place them flat on a shallow platter or stick them on a Styrofoam surface. You can also check out some salad recipes to include during the summer.
6. Pink Lemonade
In the summer, a cold lemonade refreshes like no one else and that is why she cannot miss your party. The pink version of the drink, called Pink Lemonade, takes strawberry syrup, cranberry or any other red fruit – making it look more fun and different. In addition to being delicious and refreshing, Pink Lemonade is democratic, because with the same recipe it is possible to make alcoholic versions too – just add the drink of your choice (vodka or gin, for example).
7. Tapioca dumplings with rennet cheese
The last snack on the list has been gaining more and more space in bars across Brazil. The preparation method takes tapioca, rennet cheese, milk and salt. After fried, the cubes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. When serving, a sweet and sour pepper jam to accompany makes all the difference.
With all these tips, it will be difficult to control anxiety from here to the carnival. Until the day arrives, you will have enough time to make a complete list of the ingredients needed for each of the drinks and snacks, in addition to ensuring the utensils to serve them.
How about taking the opportunity to create a group with your friends and share these ideas? So you already start planning the revelry!