These 5 Cocktails Will Refresh Your Happy Hour Routine

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Whether you plan to host a TGIF party for your friends, celebrate the holidays in style or simply indulge in a homemade happy hour as soon as five o’clock rolls around, having some appetizing cocktail recipes in your repertoire is a must. But before you prepare another vodka tonic or old fashioned, think again. You don’t have to eliminate the classics, but to give your bar cart some on-trend personality, expand your standards with unconventional infusions and unlikely pairings. From an avocado-based cocktail to raspberry-infused vodka, these recipes will be all the motivation you need to pour yourself a fresh drink.

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Impress With Raspberry Infused Vodka

Collect your colleagues for a post-work cocktail hour and serve some of this homemade raspberry-infused vodka. The fresh raspberries give the vodka a fruity flavor, and the vibrant color makes every drink as beautiful as it is tasty. No promises, but there may be a promotion in your future: team bartender.

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Blend Up a Tropical Paradise With Avocado

Creamy and cold daiquiris are just what the doctor ordered, so gather your girlfriends and get the blender ready on a Saturday night. An icy tropical rum punch blended with smooth avocado will transport you to sunny beaches — no actual travel required.

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Mix a Cocktail Masterpiece

Constructing a praiseworthy classic cocktail is an art in itself, so hone your skills by making a Negroni. This four-ingredient aperitif has everything a good drink needs — refreshing ingredients and strong results — plus an orange twist.

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Turn Happy Hour Into Dessert Hour With Chocolate Vodka

The rich flavor of dark chocolate combined with the alcoholic bite of vodka makes this chocolate-infused vodka satisfying on multiple levels. Really, it’s so delicious either straight up or mixed into a drink-dessert-first martini, it’s practically addictive.

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Warm Up With Bourbon Hot Chocolate

TGIF turns into TGFB — thank God for bourbon — with this boozy hot chocolate cocktail that will warm you up from head to toe. A homemade hot cocoa with bittersweet chocolate and bourbon is sure to be an ideal drink on a chilly Sunday night spent on a cozy couch.

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