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Cocktail Hour Skewers

Cocktail Hour Skewers

These little skewers are the perfect appetizer to serve with cocktails. They’re easy to make, and the varied ingredients are fun to combine for different flavor combinations. With the holidays around the corner, these cocktail hour skewers are a great appetizer to put together when entertaining.


Cook’s Notes:

​How many skewers to make depends on how many guests, if there will be other types of appetizers and if a meal will be served. As a general rule provide 4-6 appetizer pieces per person, per hour if no meal is being served. If you are serving a meal, prepare 6 pieces per person.


Ingredients Suggestions


Fruits + Vegetables

Pitted Olives, green, Spanish, Kalamata, use your favorite

Pickles, chunks

Carrots, rounds

Cucumbers, rounds

Pineapple, cubed

Apple, cubed

Cherry Tomatoes

Seedless Grapes



Mild Cheddar Cheese, cubed

Swiss Cheese, cubed


Meats + Seafood

Salami, cubed

Ham, cubed

Turkey, cubed

Large Shrimp, cooked


Dipping Sauces

Ranch Dressing

Cocktail Sauce

Prepared Horseradish

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Italian Dressing


You will also need:

Cocktail Toothpicks

Serving Trays

Lettuce or Parsley for garnish, if desired



Thread three to five ingredients to each toothpick (depending on the length of the picks). Use different combinations, mix and match for different flavors. Arrange the skewers on serving trays. If desired, line the trays with leaf lettuce or paper doilies for a festive display. Place several servings of the dipping sauces with small spoons around the serving trays.


These Cocktail Hour Skewers are also great because you can make as many as needed. Small gathering with friends on a Friday night, date night or a big birthday bash, no problem! Just buy more or less ingredients and put them together. You can also build these ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until party time, perfect for the busy host.


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