5 Cocktails to Refresh Your Happy Hour Routine

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5 Cocktails to Refresh Your Happy Hour Routine
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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 one of these unconventional infusions and unlikely pairings.

Raspberry Infused Vodka
Thalia Ho

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.

Tropical Rum Punch with Avocado
April Anderson

Tropical Rum Punch 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.

Negroni
Jennifer Farley

Negroni

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.

Chocolate Vodka
Thalia Ho

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.

Bourbon Hot Chocolate
Jennifer Farley--SavorySimple.net

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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