National Happy Hour Day: The Best DIY Craft Cocktails When You’re the Bartender (And It’s Happy Hour All Day at Home)
Nov. 12 is National Happy Hour Day. Sadly, like with all very important holidays, this one will be a little different this year. There’s a pretty good chance you won’t be visiting your local watering hole to grab discounted drinks and half-priced appetizers this year. But, especially in the midst of a pandemic, who doesn’t want another reason to have a few cocktails, beers, or glasses of wine? We sure do.
Since there’s nothing exciting about opening a bottle of wine or cracking open a can of beer, we’ll turn our attention to cocktails. Even though many of us are still working from home, that doesn’t mean we have limitless time to shake up extremely complicated mixed drinks with a dozen ingredients. We’re all about simple and easy when it comes to cocktails. Below, you’ll find 10 of our favorite easy, DIY cocktails.
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Honestly, to make a Moscow Mule, you don’t need a copper mug. All you really need is ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.
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To make a classic old-fashioned, you only need to muddle sugar, add a dash of bitters, a dash of water, ice, and bourbon or rye whiskey.
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Gin & Tonic
With a name like gin & tonic, you can be pretty sure this drink is simple. It’s made up of gin, tonic, and a lime wedge. That’s pretty much it.
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If you enjoy the old-fashioned, you’ll probably also like the classic Manhattan with its combination of rye or Canadian whisky, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
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There’s a good chance that when you think of the daiquiri, your mind goes to frozen, cloyingly sweet beach drinks. The classic daiquiri is simple, tart, and sweet with white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
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This is one of the easiest, most refreshing, perfectly balanced cocktails of all time. It’s simply 2 ounces of whiskey and 6 ounces of ginger ale or soda water.
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You might know the Cuba Libre by its simpler name: rum and cola. The recipe is as simple as that name. You need cola, lime juice, and white rum.
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The martini is as easy to make as it is to drink. It’s gin (or vodka if that’s your jam) and dry vermouth. The best part? The ingredients can be adapted to fit your tastes.
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Possibly the most popular happy hour drink of all time, authentic margaritas aren’t frozen. They’re simply made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
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A popular after (or before) dinner drink, the negroni consists of three simple ingredients: vermouth, gin, and Campari.
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