Let’s take a second to discuss how amazing happy hour is. It just makes me feel so…happy. In my perfect world, happy hour would be a daily activity. We would all stop what we’re doing at 5pm to enjoy a couple hours of casual drinking with friends and family. Similar to the everyday siestas in Spain, just with drinks. I’m assuming this is what heaven will be like.
There’s just something about happy hour that is so easy and perfect. You work hard all day, and then unwind with a drink or two before dinner. Whether it’s at someone’s house or out in public, happy hour is magical wherever you are. For me, this is way more natural and enjoyable than forcing myself to go out for a night. With happy hour, you can go as you are and hang out in a relaxing environment. Going out requires extensive primping and forcing yourself to stay awake as you travel from one loud bar to the next. I obviously am a 50 year old woman trapped inside a 25 year old body.
My love of happy hour really developed while Nick & I lived in DC a few years ago. By nature of it being a bigger city with a lot of young professionals, happy hour is a big deal in DC. The bars quickly fill up after work, as they put on great specials and really cater to their happy hour crowds. My personal favorites were Penn Social, El Centro, the Georgetown waterfront and The Commissary. If you are in DC anytime soon I definitely suggest you checking these out!
Now that we live in Chapel Hill, happy hour is more of a home-based activity since it is illegal for bars to serve drink specials for a limited amount of time. If bars want to run a special, it must be for the entire day. Therefore, you don’t see as many good deals, nor do our bars have much of a happy hour atmosphere.
On days that I feel like something a little different than just wine or beer for our home happy hours, one of my favorite drinks to whip up is this citrus gin and tonic. Easy, clean, delicious. Three ingredients and two minutes is all you need to make a couple of these refreshing cocktails. Plus, look how BEAUTIFUL this citrus gin and tonic is. All the bright beautiful colors of the fruit make you feel like you’re on a tropical island somewhere.
Now pick up the phone, invite some friends over for happy hour and serve this awesome citrus gin and tonic. Warning: you should probably buy extra ingredients, as they are so delicious your guests may not ever leave!
- 2 ounces Gin
- 2 ounces Tonic
- 3 ounces Citrus Seltzer (I used Whole Foods brand, but you can use whatever you have on hand!)
- Lemon, lime and orange slices for garnish
- Fill glass with ice.
- Add in gin and tonic. Pour seltzer over the top. Stir gently.
- Garnish with lemon, lime and orange slices. Drink and enjoy!