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Apple Mules

There’s no easier happy hour cocktail than a mule. Three ingredients and no special tools required! Which also means it’s super easy – and fun – to create variations on this classic drink. Apple Mules are delicious any time of year thanks to apple vodka. Ginger and apple are a delicious pairing, with the lime keeping the sweetness in check. 

Mule drinks are traditionally served in a copper mug. Don’t have one? No problem. A rocks glass or old fashioned glass will work great. 

Makes 1 cocktail. 

2 oz apple vodka 
4 oz ginger beer
¼ of a fresh lime

Fill a glass with ice. 

Top with apple vodka. 

Squeeze ¼ of a lime over the vodka. Add the lime wedge into the glass if desired. 

Top with 4 oz ginger beer. 

Give your cocktail a gentle stir. 

Garnish with thin slices of apple and/or lime. 

Enjoy! 

Tips on Apple Mules

  • If you can’t find apple vodka, make some! Place a cored, chopped apple in a pint mason jar and fill the jar with vodka. Let it sit in a cool, dry place (like your pantry) for 7-14 days, depending on the strength of apple flavor you’d like. Strain the apples out of the vodka and enjoy your homemade apple vodka! 
  • Ginger beer is non alcoholic (like root beer!), and different from ginger ale.
  • Fresh lime is a must in this drink. There’s only 3 ingredients, so fresh juice makes a big difference.  

Happy Hour Snack Pairing

Potato Chips

Enjoy your apple mules with some salty, crunchy homemade potato chips.

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Apple Mules

Apple Mules


  • Author: Katy McAvoy
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x

Description

There’s no easier happy hour cocktail than a mule. Three ingredients and no special tools required! Ginger and apple are a delicious pairing, with the lime keeping the sweetness in check.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 oz apple vodka 
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • ¼ of a fresh lime

Instructions

Fill a glass with ice. 

Top with apple vodka. 

Squeeze ¼ of a lime over the vodka. Add the lime wedge into the glass if desired. 

Top with 4 oz ginger beer

Give your cocktail a gentle stir. 

Garnish with thin slices of apple and/or lime. 

Enjoy!

Notes

Ginger beer is non alcoholic (like root beer!), and different from ginger ale.

Fresh lime is a must in this drink. There’s only 3 ingredients, so fresh juice makes a big difference.

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: On The Rocks
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple mule, moscow mule, apple vodka, cocktail, vodka cocktail, happy hour, homemade happy hour

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Elderflower Margarita

A subtle twist on a classic cocktail, this elderflower margarita will definitely level up your Taco Tuesdays. This is a great cocktail if you’re unfamiliar with elderflower liqueur. The flavor enhances but doesn’t overpower the lime.

Makes 1 cocktail

2 oz silver tequila
1 oz elderflower liqueur (I use St. Germain)
2 oz fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
1 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz triple sec 
Lime wedges for garnish

Prep your glass: 

Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your glass. 

Pour some salt into a shallow dish and gently run the rim of your glass through the salt. 

Fill your salted glass with ice. 

Set aside. 

Make your margarita:

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake well. 

Pour into the prepared glass. 

Enjoy!

Tips on Elderflower Margarita

  • Fresh lime juice is important here! Don’t use bottled lime juice. Buy some limes and juice them right before you make the cocktail. Roll the limes on the counter while pressing down firmly to get the most juice out of them.
  • Skip the salt if you don’t like it on your rim, or swap the salt for sugar.
  • Love a twist on the classic margarita? Try my Citrus Margaritas and Watermelon Margaritas recipes.

Snack Pairing

Corn and Avocado Salsa

Enjoy your elderflower margarita with this fresh and creamy avocado corn salsa.

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Elderflower Margarita

Elderflower Margarita


  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x

Description

A subtle twist on a classic cocktail, this elderflower margarita will definitely level up your Taco Tuesdays.


Ingredients

Scale

2 oz silver tequila
1 oz elderflower liqueur (I use St. Germain)
2 oz fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
1 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz triple sec 
Lime wedges for garnish


Instructions

Prep your glass: 

Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your glass. 

Pour some salt into a shallow dish and gently run the rim of your glass through the salt. 

Fill your salted glass with ice. 

Set aside. 

Make your margarita:

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake well. 

Pour into the prepared glass. 

Enjoy!

Notes

Fresh lime juice is important here! Don’t use bottled lime juice. Buy some limes and juice them right before you make the cocktail. Roll the limes on the counter while pressing down firmly to get the most juice out of them

  • Category: Cocktails

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  • Serving Size: 1
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Apple Orchard Cocktail

Skipping the traditional fall spices, apple vodka and elderflower liqueur keep this Apple Orchard Cocktail fresh and slightly floral.

Makes 1 cocktail. 

2 oz apple vodka
1 oz ginger syrup (recipe below)
0.5 oz apple brandy (I use Long Road)
0.25 oz elderflower liqueur
0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes aromatic bitters 

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake up and strain into a glass.

Garnish with an apple slice, if desired.

Enjoy!


Ginger Syrup

¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger

Heat the water to boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. 

Peel and slice the ginger. 

Add to the hot water and sugar mixture. 

Allow to cool to room temperature. 

Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled. 

Tips on Apple Orchard Cocktail

  • The longer you leave the ginger in the syrup, the stronger the flavor. If possible, make the syrup a day or two ahead of making cocktails to allow the ginger more time to infuse the syrup. 
  • Fresh lemon juice tastes best, but you can use bottled juice in this recipe if that’s what you have on hand.

Snack Pairing

Bacon Wrapped Dates

This crisp cocktail pairs deliciously with creamy, salty bacon wrapped dates.

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Apple Orchard Cocktail

Apple Orchard Cocktail


  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x

Description

Skipping the traditional fall spices, apple vodka and elderflower liqueur keep this Apple Orchard Cocktail fresh and slightly floral.


Ingredients

Scale

2 oz apple vodka
1 oz ginger syrup 
0.5 oz apple brandy (I use Long Road)
0.25 oz elderflower liqueur
0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes aromatic bitters 


Instructions

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

Shake up and strain into a glass.

Garnish with an apple slice, if desired.

Enjoy!

  • Category: Cocktails

Keywords: vodka, apple, elderflower, st germaine, cocktail, martini, drink, drinking, homemade happy hour

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12 Easy Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is a super versatile liquor and one people often have on hand. Whether it’s your favorite spirit or you’re just starting out with vodka, give one of these vodka cocktails a try.

Did you give one of these a try? Leave me a comment on the recipe or send me a message! I’d love to know your thoughts.

DIY Liquor Infusions

Try out these 3 DIY liquor infusions, all made with easy-to-find ingredients and liquors. Each infusion also includes a custom cocktail recipe so you can get sipping and enjoying your new liquor creation.

Making your own flavored alcohol is fun, but can also be daunting. 

Liquor is expensive and you don’t want to risk a combination not tasting good. 

And once you’ve made it, what kind of cocktail do you use it in? 

Sometimes I don’t know what to do with an infusion – even the store bought ones. 

Below are 3 DIY liquor infusions made with easy-to-find ingredients and liquors. I’ve also included a cocktail recipe along with each infusion to help get you started sipping your new creation. 

Besides the recipe’s ingredients, all you need for infusing liquor is a clean, glass, pint jar with a lid, and a strainer



Note: Lemon is a popular choice for liquor infusions, but not one you’ll find here. I’m not a fan because (1) lemon can easily overpower any other flavor you infuse with it, and (2) lemon infusions taste a lot like cleaning products to me. But if you love lemon, give it a try!

DIY Liquor Infusions - Day 1
Infusions – Day 1…
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Infusions – Day 14!

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How to: Make Pitcher Drinks

Love entertaining, but don’t want to spend your time bartending? That’s where Pitcher Drinks come in. Make one for the adults, and another for the kids! 

This recipe uses a can of frozen juice as both the base of the cocktail and the measuring cup. No need to let flavors mingle like you do with sangria. Just pour everything together and serve! Add sliced or frozen fruit to the pitcher to make it extra festive.

Ingredients for Pitcher Drinks :

1 can frozen condensed juice*, thawed
Vodka (for cocktails)
Triple sec (for cocktails)
Lemon lime soda (for mocktails)

To start, empty the can of condensed juice into a large pitcher

For cocktails:

Using the juice can to measure, add 1 can of vodka, ½ can of triple sec, and 1 ½ cans of water to the pitcher.

Stir.

Enjoy your pitcher of cocktails! 

For mocktails:

Using the juice can to measure, add 1 can of lemon lime soda, and 2 cans of water to the pitcher.

Stir.

Enjoy your pitcher of drinks! 

Tips on Pitcher Drinks

  • Berry or cranberry juice blends work best for afternoon cocktails.
  • Try an orange juice blend for a fun brunch cocktail. 
  • Don’t want to water down your cocktail? Freeze 2 cups of grapes, blueberries or cranberries. Add them to your pitcher before serving to keep drinks cold without risking melting ice.
  • These cocktails are perfect for last minute happy hours! I love to set a large pitcher or two out on a bed of ice and let guests help themselves.

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Coffee Old Fashioned

Coffee and bourbon are the perfect pair in this twist on a classic Old Fashioned cocktail.

I love a good riff on a classic cocktail. This coffee old fashioned is my go-to nightcap. I keep a pint jar of strong coffee in the fridge so it’s always at the ready.

Makes 1 cocktail.

2 oz bourbon
1 oz cold coffee
0.5 oz brown sugar syrup
0.5 oz fresh orange juice
4 dashes chocolate bitters

Stir everything together with ice in a large glass or cocktail shaker. 

Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a couple Luxardo maraschino cherries and/or an orange peel, if desired. 

Enjoy!

Tips on Coffee Old Fashioned

  • Strong brewed coffee works best in this cocktail, but use what you have! Just grab the leftover coffee from the morning once happy hour hits.
  • Fresh juice is really important here. Don’t use orange juice from a bottle or carton. Squeeze the fruit!
  • Clementines make a great substitution for the orange in this recipe.
  • Don’t forget to make your brown sugar syrup ahead of time so it has a chance to chill before you make your cocktail.

Snack Pairing

Bacon Wrapped Dates

A coffee old fashioned pairs well with creamy, salty bacon wrapped dates.

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Coffee Old Fashioned


  • Author: Katy McAvoy
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x

Description

Coffee and bourbon are the perfect pair in this twist on a classic Old Fashioned cocktail.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz cold coffee
  • 1/2 oz brown sugar syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 4 dashes chocolate bitters

Instructions

Stir everything together with ice in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker

Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a couple cherries and/or an orange peel. 

Enjoy!

  • Category: Cocktails

Keywords: coffee, old fashioned, bourbon, cocktail, drinks, bourbon drink, classic cocktails, homemade happy hour

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White Wine Sangria

Delicious and refreshing, a pitcher of this fruity white wine sangria is perfect for entertaining – or having on hand for happy hours at home.

Makes 1 pitcher of sangria.

1 – 750ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
½ cup brandy
½ cup peach liqueur 
1 ½ cups (12 oz) guava or mango nectar
½ cup fresh fruit (peaches, grapes, orange slices, melon cubes, etc.)
12 oz lemon-lime soda or club soda

Combine wine, nectar, brandy, and peach liqueur in a large pitcher

Add fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

To serve:

Fill a glass with ice.

Add sangria to glass, filling ¾ full.

Top with a splash of soda. 

Enjoy!

Tips on White Wine Sangria

  • This recipe works best with a dry wine, but if you love your sangria sweet with moscato – go for it! Skip the Chardonnay for this recipe, though.
  • To make this a very peachy sangria, swap the guava or mango nectar for peach nectar/juice.
  • Swap the soda for prosecco if you’re looking for a stronger glass of sangria. 😉

Snack Pairing

Black Bean Mango Salsa

Sip your sangria while snacking on this fresh black bean mango salsa.

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White Wine Sangria

White Wine Sangria


  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 pitcher 1x

Description

Delicious and refreshing, a pitcher of this fruity white wine sangria is perfect for entertaining – or having on hand for happy hours at home.


Ingredients

Scale

1750ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
½ cup brandy
½ cup peach liqueur 
1 ½ cups (12 oz) guava or mango nectar
½ cup fresh fruit (peaches, grapes, orange slices, melon cubes, etc.)
12 oz lemon-lime soda or club soda


Instructions

Combine wine, nectar, brandy, and peach liqueur in a large pitcher

Add fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

To serve:

Fill a glass with ice.

Add sangria to glass, filling ¾ full.

Top with a splash of soda. 

Enjoy!

  • Category: Cocktails

Keywords: sangria, white wine, cocktails, drinks, drinking, pitcher, batch cocktails, peach

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Easy Bubbly Cocktails

From a classic champagne cocktail, to a French 75, to your own favorite combination, these easy bubbly cocktails are fun to make, and even more fun to sip. 

Start with a chilled bottle of your favorite semi-dry or dry champagne/sparkling wine. 

In a champagne flute, place: 

For a classic champagne cocktail:
1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp sugar) 
4 dashes aromatic bitters

OR

For a French 75:
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 oz gin

1 oz raspberry liqueur
4 dashes chocolate bitters

OR

1 oz apple cider (see tips)
0.5 oz caramel vodka
3 dashes Orleans bitters

0.5 oz simple syrup
1 oz gin
4 dashes orange bitters

OR

0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz elderflower liqueur

Top your glass with your favorite sparkling wine or Champagne. 

Enjoy!

Tips on Bubbly Cocktails

  • These recipes are specifically made to go with dry or semi-dry champagne/sparkling wine. If you make these with moscato, they will be extremely sweet.
  • Use fresh lemon juice in the cocktails that call for it.
  • Swap apple juice for the cider in the caramel apple cocktail if it’s not cider season or you just can’t find it. 
  • Make it a Blueberry French 75 by using blueberry gin with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. I love New Holland Sprits’ Blueberry Knickerbocker Gin.
  • Ice cubes don’t belong in these cocktails, so chill as many ingredients as possible – syrups, juices, and especially the bubbly – before serving.

Snack Pairing

Potato Chips

Enjoy your bubbly cocktails with salty, baked, homemade potato chips.

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Blueberry Mojito

A blueberry mojito is a fun summer twist on a refreshing rum cocktail. Make it a delicious mocktail by simply leaving out the alcohol!

Makes 1 cocktail.

2 oz white rum
1 oz blueberry simple syrup (recipe below)
1 sugar cube OR 1/2 tsp sugar
Mint leaves
Slices of lime
Blueberries
Club soda

Place several mint leaves, a few blueberries, and a slice of lime in a glass.

Top with the sugar. 

Using a muddler or wooden spoon, crush everything together in the bottom of the glass. 

Add blueberry syrup and rum. 

Add enough ice to fill the glass. 

Fill up the glass with club soda. 

Give your drink a stir to mix everything together. 

Enjoy!

Tips on Blueberry Mojitos

  • Make the syrup several hours in advance so it has time to chill.
  • Don’t love blueberry? Swap the blueberries in the mojito and syrup for blackberries or strawberries.
  • Fresh limes and mint are necessary for this recipe.
  • Make it a mocktail by leaving out the rum and increasing the blueberry syrup to 2 oz.

Blueberry Syrup

1 ½ cups blueberries (thawed, if frozen)
½ cup sugar
½ cup water

Combine blueberries, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 10 minutes

Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl. Carefully pour berry mixture into the strainer. Using a spatula, gently press the mixture into the strainer until all blueberries are crushed and all liquid has been pressed through to the bowl below. Discard the blueberries remnants left in the strainer. Cool syrup to at least room temperature – preferably chilled – before using.

Happy Hour Snack Pairing

Homemade Potato Chips

Enjoy your blueberry mojito with some salty, crunchy homemade potato chips.

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Blueberry Mojitos

Blueberry Mojito


  • Author: MittenGirl
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x

Description

A blueberry mojito is a fun summer twist on a refreshing rum cocktail. Make it a delicious mocktail by simply leaving out the alcohol!


Ingredients

Scale

2 oz white rum
1 oz blueberry simple syrup (recipe below)
1 sugar cube OR 1 tsp sugar
Mint leaves
Slices of lime
Blueberries
Club soda


Instructions

Place several mint leaves, a few blueberries, and a slice of lime in a glass.

Top with the sugar. 

Using a muddler or wooden spoon, crush everything together in the bottom of the glass. 

Add blueberry syrup and rum. 

Add enough ice to fill the glass. 

Fill up the glass with club soda. 

Give your drink a stir to mix everything together. 

Enjoy!

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: blueberry, mojito, rum, mint, lime, happy hour recipe, cocktails, drinks, homemade happy hour

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