There’s just something about spring in the air that makes everything taste fresher and more appetizing, don’t you agree? So planning what appetizer + cocktails pairings to serve at a Spring Bridal Shower is such a delight! Just take a look at our suggested recipe combos (better yet, take trial bites and sips!) for the most refreshing drinks with a bit of a kick and light, flavorful finger foods that your guests are sure to enjoy. Happy hosting!
6 Cocktail & Appetizer Combos as Fresh as Spring
In keeping with the season, the drink recipes we recommend are those made with fresh fruits, herbs, veggies and yes, flowers. While the scrumptious bites we’ve paired with them feature healthy seafood, vegetables, and cheese in such pretty presentations!
Pairing #1: Strawberry Basil Margaritas + Shrimp Taco Bites
We love how this “pitcher drink” courtesy of The Kitchn makes party prep so much easier. You can make it the day before and keep it chilling in the fridge overnight! And just as easy and sooo scrumptious-looking are these mini “tacos” from I Wash You Dry, that are actually taco chips filled with chili-lime shrimps, creamy avocado and smoky sour cream.
Pairing #2: Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail + Mini Phyllo Quiche Cups
This perfect-for-spring cocktail found via Martha Stewart is a blend of Lillet wine, grapefruit juice and gin, garnished with tiny flowers. While the petite quiche cups from Peas and Crayons are another make-ahead treat that can go from fridge to oven or toaster to get nice and crispy in time for the party!
Pairing #3: Classic Bourbon Mint Julep + Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli
This iconic beverage of the Kentucky Derby is a Maytime classic, so it’s perfect for any spring soiree. Just follow the recipe from The Spruce. These tempting crab patties in zesty aioli-filled buns, spotted on Food Network, are baked rather than fried, so shower guests can indulge in several guilt-free!
Pairing #4: Lavender Bee’s Knees + Rainbow Spring Rolls
Such a pretty classic concoction for a spring event featuring honey and dried lavender, courtesy of Honestly Yum. Just as light and fresh are these roll-ups from Thirsty for Tea, filled with colorful, crunchy raw veggies and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.
Pairing #5: Sparkling Yuzu Gimlets + Smoked Salmon Canapes with Easy Truffle Mayo
A hint of Asia in this bubbly cocktail recipe from Food & Wine, made with mint and basil leaves, sliced cucumber, yuzu juice, vodka and sparkling water. Just the thing to pair with delicately flavored bites like these, made by Salt & Lavender from deli-bought smoked salmon, topped on fancified mayo and garnished with cucumber rounds and lemon zest.
Pairing #6: Grapefruit Mimosas + Cheesy Onion Puff Pastry Bites
The ever-popular mimosa gets a flavor twist via this Sugar and Charm recipe, with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and just a dash of orange juice topped off with champagne. A citrusy balance for the cheese and onion combo atop Garnish With Lemon’s puff pastry squares. A tip from the recipe: This appetizer can be prepared in steps, the day before and hours before guests arrive. Then simply bake to serve warm!