Find new uses for your dusty, old shot glasses with festive and frivolous dining ideas. From an elegant dinner party to a fun backyard bash, show your guests the civilized side of shot glasses. No Jello shots allowed!
Keep Your Cool
Nothing says summer like a refreshing chilled soup. From creamy French classics such as vichysoisse to bright and tart fruit varieties, a sip of soup is a great way to get appetites and conversation started.
Provide an icy glass of something like a palate-cleansing sorbet. Grapefruit will add a tangy taste, while boozy brunch favourites such as champagne or elderflower cordial will add a pop to the party. Try unusual flavours such as sorrel for a savoury note.
Strawberry Shortcake Trifles
Make a fresh, fruity dessert that will elevate your tablescape with these single-serving trifles. The recipe makes six, so double or triple the batch if you’re hosting a crowd!
Coffee With A Twist
Let guests tailor their caffeine options by providing a shot of espresso with a glass or pitcher of warm milk, a bowl of whipped cream and raw sugar, honey or simple syrup. Offer a selection of after-dinner drinks such as cognac, or coffee-flavoured liqueurs for those who wish to imbibe.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Take a tip from Indian restaurants and offer some breath-beautifying cardamom or crushed star anise in shot glasses so that your guests can feel secure doing their double kisses goodbye.
Leslie Wu is a Toronto-based food and travel writer, editor and explorer. Follow her on Twitter at @leslie_wu.