In January of 2015, I started focusing this blog around the idea of a “homemade happy hour” - recipes for drinks and snacks that could be made easily at home with minimal effort.
When I found out later that month that I was pregnant, developing and taste testing a bunch of drink recipes became something that would have to wait. And very quickly the blog took a BIG back seat to being a new mom.
Since then, the answer to “what would you do if you could do anything?” has been “write a cocktail book.” After 5 years, I still wanted to pursue this idea.
When I was furloughed from my job in June 2020, I knew this was my chance to make this project a reality.
So I turned publishing a cocktail ebook into a B.A.G. - Big Audacious Goal. It’s a new goal for me too - not one I set at the start of the year. Which means I haven’t spent the year focusing on it and planning it into my schedule - I just grabbed the idea and ran with it. (See also, why goals are adjustable.)
I definitely have some suggestions for snacks, but my Homemade Happy Hour ebook is focused on the cocktail portion of happy hour.
My goal with this ebook is to provide cocktails that have easy-to-find ingredients (even the liquors!) and take minimal effort. There are 18 cocktail recipes in the book - all of which fit this description. There are also 5 cocktail syrup recipes that can be made (1) with pantry ingredients and (2) well in advance of your happy hour so you can make your drinks even easier!