5 Musts to Hosting the Perfect Home Happy Hour! (Hamsa's Take)
Whether it's with a small group or your significant other, what 2020 needs is more Happy Hours!!! A Happy Hour at your residence should include good company, appetizers, and (most importantly) drinks! Here are the 5 musts to hosting the perfect Happy Hour:
a husband's take
Drinks are the cornerstone of any Happy Hour and don't overthink them! I like to start off slow and easy with a favorite bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (one that tastes like a campfire) or chilled Chardonnay! Also, especially in these summer months put some Cerveza in the fridge, light and refreshing my favorites are Pacifico, Modelo, and Victoria. As the evening goes on have some harder stuff set aside for cocktails! This is where the non-mixologists get intimidated...don't be!! I find it's best to keep it simple here and have two go-to drinks ready to rock (I've included my home recipe for a French 75 and Manhattan below.) Also for those avoiding the hang-over, a mocktail is a great way to bring everyone to the party (A Paloma Fizz sans alcohol does the trick!!)
- 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 oz simple syrup or sugar cube
- 3 oz Prosecco or Champagne
- 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 1/4-1/2 oz Maraschino liquer
- 1 oz Red Vermouth
To mellow out the buzz have some apps ready to go! A good Charcuterie Plate is so easy to make and I think a place it makes sense to go all out! Pick up Proscuitto, Genoa Salami, Capicola from the butcher, grab some spicy mustard, pickles, green olives, next up thinly slice french bread or place crackers... How did I forget the cheese [Aged Gouda, Brie, and Manchago], arrange nicely and presto!! For those who like hot appetizers I've included a family recipe for an artichoke dip... trust me on this: make it!!!
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1 cup of mayo
- 2 drained cans of quartered artichoke hearts
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- garlic salt and chili powder to preference
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a baking dish that you will serve the dip in. Bake for 30-40 minutes, then broil until the top turns golden. Serve with pita chips or crackers.
This isn't a beer blast at your frat house so ditch the solo cups! Your glassware should accentuate your drinks (I swear it makes it taste better.) Here are some glass types to have on hand!
Collins or Highball glass:
Great for you guessed it a Tom Collins or a Scotch Highball!
Rocks or Old Fashioned Glass:
This is a great glass for the stronger stuff. The thick base provides great protection if you need to muddle your drink of choice!
The height of class; enjoy your Aviation or Margarita in a beautiful Martini Glass!
Coupe Glass or Champagne Flute:
A coupe glass is a great vessel for a French 75 or keep it simple with a champagne flute
Ok... I know compared to the last sections Ice may seem pedantic.... BUT you know when you are at a fancy steak house and you get an old fashioned do they pour it over refrigerator ice or a big square ice cube! Just like glassware, it makes a difference and shows you go that extra step to entertain (plus it's so easy) Just grab two ice molds fill with water, put in the fridge the night before and you are good to go!
The conversation should be the key music for any Happy Hour but it doesn't hurt to have something bumping in the background! I find it's easiest to just stream a channel so you can set up and chill! Two great channels I've found on Amazon Music are Beach Bar Lounge and Deep House Music! I don't think I'll be traveling to Ibiza anytime soon so this will have to do!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Kailee's perspective on the perfect Happy Hour here: