French Cocktail Blini


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Toppings of your choice, such as smoked salmon, crème fraîche, caviar, or chopped herbs


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream, egg, and melted butter.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the batter for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  5. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly coat it with vegetable oil.
  6. Using a tablespoon measure, drop small rounds of batter onto the skillet or griddle, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  7. Cook the blini until bubbles form on the surface and the edges are set, about 2 minutes.
  8. Flip the blini and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes on the other side, until golden brown.
  9. Serve the blini warm, topped with your choice of toppings.

This recipe is a great way to impress your guests with a sophisticated and delicious appetizer. The blini themselves are light and fluffy, with a delicate flavor that pairs well with a wide range of toppings. Some popular choices include smoked salmon, crème fraîche, caviar, or chopped herbs. Get creative and have fun with your toppings!