Happy Hour

Whether you are meeting friends by zoom, or face-to-face in the backyard, you don’t have to settle for less than satisfying snacks and drinks. Scroll for some of my fun bar creations and get the recipes for easy, make-ahead “shareable” bites.

Seelbach Cocktail

With the flavors of an Old Fashioned, and the fizziness of Champagne, this Louisville-based cocktail will be a lovely option for a Kentucky Derby watch party.


Let the good times roll with this strong rye whiskey drink that is the official cocktail of New Orleans!

Pompatus of Love

True, peaches don’t grow on shrubs, but this delightful bourbon cocktail gets most of its personality from a peach “shrub” that’s so easy to make, I’m wondering why I never tried it before.

Summer Tomato Water Martini

This super-simple twist adds a bright, fresh, summery flair to an otherwise classic martini cocktail, and I have found myself slicing up tomatoes just so I can make another one.

Sunset Margarita

This is a fun and flavorful twist on a classic tequila cocktail, plus a super-simple technique for making a “sinker” in the bottom of your glass.

My Favorite Martini

I promised a friend I’d meet her with a martini on the backside of Dry January. This is my twist on the classic cocktail, and the personal reason martinis hold a special place in my Happy Hour routine.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

As mild or zesty as you want it to be, this is a simple way to elevate the “old school” appetizer for modern holiday entertaining.

Hot Artichoke-Cheddar Dip

In my crazy fun catering days, we had so many holiday orders for this delicious dip, we made enough to fill a bathtub. But this scaled-down, slightly modified version is perfect for a small gathering at home.

Long Live the King! (a bourbon cocktail)

Most people come home from vacation with souvenirs, but I come home with recipes! This cocktail is my version of a drink my husband and I enjoyed during our end-of-summer trip through New Jersey.


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