Happy Hour

A collection of my favorite cocktail recipes for all of life’s celebrations!

Happy Hour Frozen Blue Moscato Margaritas

Frozen Blue Moscato Margaritas

Alcoholic

These margarita slushies will be your new favorite summer drink thanks to the tasty addition of sweet Moscato. Just combine all the ingredients and blend ’em up! Garnish with blueberries or lime wedges.

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Ingredients:

1 c. Moscato Wine

3/4 c. Blue Curaçao

1/2 c. Tequila

1/4 c. Triple Sec

2 tbsp. Lime Juice

1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar

1 tbsp. Kosher Salt

5 c. Ice (or more)

Blueberries or Lime Wedges for Garnish

Get the full recipe at delish.com.

The Hang 10

Alcoholic

This cocktail is going to be a hit at your Memorial Day hang. This fresh, refreshing drink comes with a kick thanks to the jalapeño simple syrup. The watermelon and cucumber juice mellows the heat with tart lime and grapefruit providing a tart finish.

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Ingredients:

1 ½ ounces Tanqueray No. TEN Gin

1 ounce watermelon juice

¾ ounce jalapeño simple syrup

½ ounce lime juice

¼ ounce grapefruit juice

¼ ounce cucumber juice

Club soda, to fill

Lime wheel, for garnish

Get the full recipe at vinepair.com.

Guava Rose JDuce Design Happy Hour

Guava Rose

Alcoholic

Guava Rose is a Cachaça-based cocktail loaded with depth and complexity. Cachaça is made from fresh pressed sugar cane juice and is the national spirit of Brazil. Mixed in a blender with sweet, floral rose syrup, tropical guava puree, and tart lime juice, this cocktail is perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day.

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Ingredients:

2 ounces Leblon achaça

3/4 ounce guava puree

3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

1 1/2 ounces rose syrup

Garnish: rose petal

Get the full recipe at liquor.com.

Peach melba Mimosa jduce design happy hour cocktail recipes

Peach Melba Mimosa

Alcoholic

This light, fresh cocktail is filled with sweet berries, peaches, and just enough bubbly to feel festive.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. thawed frozen raspberries

1/4 c. sugar

1 c. thawed frozen peaches

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

2 bottles chilled champagne, cava, or other sparkling white wine

1/2 pt. fresh raspberries, for garnish

Get the full recipe at Country Living.

JDuce Design Happy Hour Summer Shandy

Lemon Summer Shandy

Alcoholic

Shandys are refreshing and they’re easy, too, which makes them a great summer cocktail! A shandy is a mix of wheat beer and lemonade and is a popular way to dress up the average glass of beer. Just gather your ingredients, pour and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

6 oz. wheat beer

6 oz. lemonade

Lemon slice, for garnish

Get the full recipe at The Spruce.

Cherry Bounce Cocktail Recipe Happy Hour JDuce Design Garden & Gun

Cherry Bounce

Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic

Since we’re in North Carolina this week, I’m sharing a drink that just so happens to be the official state cocktail! There are two versions, but I’m sharing the one that is associated with the Appalachians and originally contained moonshine! To make it non-alcoholic, just skip the vodka and add cherry juice instead.

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Ingredients:

1½ oz. cherry vodka

2 oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. fresh lime juice

Club soda

1 cherry, for garnish

Get the full recipe at Garden and Gun.

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Color-Changing Margaritas

Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic

Color-changing margaritas? Yes, please! Get ready to wow your guests at your next gathering with this magical spring cocktail that puts a spin on an old favorite.

The secret ingredient is cabbage, but don’t worry — it’s flavorless and is only used to get that bright fuchsia color. It’s the same basic process that is used to make natural Easter egg dye except we’re using it to make color changing ice cubes instead.

It’s a fun recipe that can be used with any drink, and kids really enjoy this little trick, too. Just pour over some lemonade and voila! Instant magic!

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Ingredients:

2 c. sliced purple cabbage

4 c. boiling water

8 oz. tequila

4 oz. triple sec

3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 c. lemonade

4 lime wedges, for garnish

1/4 c. kosher salt or coarse sea salt, for rim

Get the full recipe at Delish.

Happy Hour Cocktail Recipe Lavender and Lemon Sparkler

Lavender & Lemon Sparkler

Alcoholic

A refreshing cocktail just perfect for spring.

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Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Zest of 2 lemons

Juice of 2 lemons

Champagne

Garnish with edible lavender sprigs and lemon peel.

Get the full recipe at Rose & Ivy.

Marshmallow Peeptini

Alcoholic

Your favorite Easter candy in a glass! This cocktail proves that candy is for adults, too.

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Ingredients:

1/2 oz. vanilla syrup, plus more for glass

1 tbsp. colored sanding sugar

1 tbsp. shredded coconut

1 1/2 oz. marshmallow vodka

1 oz. heavy cream

1/2 oz. Red Grenadine or Blue Curacao

1 Peeps chick

Get the full recipe at Delish.

green tea sangria jduce design happy hour cocktail recipes

Green Tea Sangria

Alcoholic

A new twist on an old favorite, sweetened with honey and flavored with lemon and mint. Garnish with cucumber slices for a taste of summer!

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Ingredients:

1 bottle white wine

4 cups water

6 bags green tea

1/3 cup honey

3 lemons, sliced

20-25 mint leaves

Get the full recipe at Brewing Happiness.

Team Pants Aperol Twist

Alcoholic

This magical concoction was served to me by a client after making some fabulous design decisions together.

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Ingredients:

2 oz. Aperol

1 oz. Gin

75 oz. Lemon Juice

25 oz. Simple Syrup

*Shake and strain. Garnish with lemon rind.

Classic Aperol Spritz

Alcoholic

These bubbly Italian cocktails are refreshing and so easy to make. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary for a seasonal garnish.

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Ingredients:

3 ounces (1 part) Aperol

3 ounces (1 part) dry Prosecco

1 ounce (a splash) club soda or unflavored sparkling water

Orange slice, for garnish

*Shake and strain. Garnish with lemon rind.

Get the full recipe at Cookie and Kate.

pumpkin spiced latte jduce design happy hour cocktail recipes

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

Non-Alcoholic

Coffee shops are so overrated! Try this recipe to create a creamy and delicious fall treat.

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Ingredients:

Espresso

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Milk – skim, whole, or non-dairy

Whipped Cream

Cinnamon

Grate the cinnamon on top…trust me!

Get the full recipe at Cooks with Cocktails.

apple cider mimosa jduce design happy hour cocktail recipes

Apple Cider Mimosa

Alcoholic

This fall-themed cocktail is like a caramel apple, but for adults!

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Ingredients:

Apple Cider

Prosecco, Sparkling Wine, or Champagne

Caramel Sauce

2 TBSP of Sugar

¼ TSP Cinnamon

Add apple slices for flare!

Get the full recipe at Lake Life State of Mind.

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