Whether you’ve spent the day working or wrangling little ones (or, bless you, both), we think you deserve a happy-hour reprieve. Follow our guide to create a simple-yet-delicious drink, and set the scene for a casual cocktail hour in the comfort of your own home.
Step 1: Choose Your Glass
Glassware is sometimes dictated by your drink of choice – flutes for champagne, for instance – but in your home, these rules don’t apply. Let intuition be your guide and choose what makes you smile. We love how a colorful DOF or tumbler can infuse a cocktail with vibrant charm. Prefer an artistic look? Reach for a wine glass or coupe that’s hand-blown into a subtle, organic shape.
Step 2: Craft Your Cocktail
Start by mixing your own simple syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and let it simmer on medium heat. Make it unique by adding tea leaves, sliced fruit, or fresh herbs for a burst of flavour. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved, then set your simple syrup aside to let it cool. Once cooled, add 1 oz. simple syrup, 1 oz. citrus juice, and 2 oz. liquor to a cocktail shaker – then shake, shake, shake! Strain your drink over ice and garnish your glass with a little whimsy. We love a lime slice or a sprig of mint.
Step 3: Gather Your Group
Happy hour is best shared, so spend some time with loved ones. FaceTime your best friend, hang out with your roommate, call your mom, or cuddle on the couch with your pup. Take some time to celebrate small victories and savor every special moment.