Lucky for me some of my oldest and dearest friends live very close by. Yet for some reason we still can't seem to get together as often as we'd like. Recently, I was thrilled to pop out for a quick dinner with two of my best high school girlfriends, especially when one presented me with my name in lights. It was a bottle of vodka flashing brightly with, "Happy Birthday Maureen" scrolling across the bottle, and the inspiration for this week's 10-minute happy hour.
All January, we worked through our case of grapefruit, and this month we've been tackling cases of Cuties, a.k.a. clementines. They're the perfect portable snack with a shot of vitamin C for the whole fam. This week, I was tiring of chewing those little segments, so I grabbed the juicer to change things up. This refreshing Clementine Cocktail came shortly after. It's juicy and refreshing, and perfect for this week's 10-minute happy hour.
When the Oscars roll around, my husband and I usually shrug at the noms since we typically haven't seen any of the movies. This year, though, the mythical gods of "free-time" shone down on us and we were able to squeeze in a few of the films we usually only hear about. So it seems we will have a reason to actually watch the ceremony for more than the red carpet. Without hesitation, I grabbed the shaker to create an Oscar-worthy cocktail that we could sip while watching Hollywood's biggest night.
A mid-day stop for flights of vodka and a caviar tasting with your mom isn't a typical day in the life. Well, at least not my life! But on a recent blustery cold New York afternoon, my mom showed me a little sunshine in the romantically lit, over-the-top glamorous dining room of The Russian Tea Room. Considering it was a work day, I wasn't able to fully partake in the vodka sipping, but I did find something just as indulgent, though less nap-inducing, on the cocktail menu.
One of my favorite treats on a Friday evening is enjoying a new cocktail at home. Often it's something as simple as a Gin and Tonic, but with the cold nights of February upon us, we've been turning to sipping warming liquors instead.
When it comes to pairing food and drinks, there are three basic elements: complementing, contrasting and bridging. In relationships you could say the same. It's the contrast, though, that can create the fireworks and often the passion. With the "Hallmark holiday" around the corner I set out to find a sexy cocktail suitable for toasting your sweetheart, but also one perfect for any happy hour in 10-minutes' time.
I'm not sure whether it's the beginning of tax season or the gray Pacific Northwest days we've been having lately, but many people I know have been a bit down. In line at the grocery store, I hear families dreaming up sunny vacations and faraway weekend plans. But for the rest of the week, for the slog that February can feel like, I have a small solution: The Winter Warmer Cocktail.
Q: We're throwing a cocktail party to introduce my boyfriend to my parents, friends, and extended family in two weeks. I'd like to make a cocktail that speaks to my experience working on a cruise ship for the past seven months. I am hoping your readers may have some great ideas for a tropical whiskey drink!
Abstaining from alcohol this Valentine's Day? There's no reason you can't enjoy a cheery pink cocktail — or make that mocktail. These five drinks are refreshing and festive, and you'll find something for everyone, whether you're spending the holiday with a partner, your kids, or a group of friends.
This week I thought about pitting two cocktails against each other in honor of the Super Bowl. Then I realized this is the 10-Minute Happy Hour, emphasis on the minute, and two cocktails wouldn't quite fit our need for speed. Instead I chose one ultimate cocktail that will have you coming out the victor — no matter which team you're rooting for.