3 couples coming for drinks before dinner

What do I serve 3 couples coming for drinks before dinner, keeping in mind that we have to drive and dinner in upscale restaurant is next. Not too much to eat or drink but I want to be a good hostess. Thanks!!



Gammy November 24, 2019
I like Lisa's suggestion of lighter wines! I would go very light on any appetizers, a small cheese and charcuterie platter, or a simple homemade cheese spread along with really good crackers or loaf of bread. Or perhaps some nuts, seasonal fruit or an olive tapenade. You don't want to fill guests up before a lovely upscale dinner.
Nancy November 24, 2019
Pitcher of non-alcoholic for all sophisticated drinks (so designated drivers don't feel excluded or suffering), with complementary food, for ex:
1) Homemade limeade with mini tacos, empanadas, etc
2) homemade lemonade with fish canapes
3) homemade mango lemonade with mini samosas, pakoras, etc
4) artisanal bitters in fuzzy water with some vegetable or cheese galette
Nancy November 24, 2019
Should be: non alcoholic sophisticated drinks for all
Lisa F. November 24, 2019
Maybe wine would be a good choice or even the cider mentioned below. Below are some less well known wines that work really well. The wines below have lower alcohol content which might work since you have to drive. Some options:

Arneis - a great Italian white varietal from Northern Italy. Crisp and light
Any Cru Beaujolais - there are 10 sub regions in Beaujolais and all use 100% Gamay grape.
Gruet Sparkling wine. This American Sparkling wine comes from New Mexico and is great

A non-wine option which is fun is this really delicious apple cider whiskey. https://food52.com/recipes/78098-whiskey-apple-cider-syrup-aka-the-only-fall-cocktail-you-need-in-your-life
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