Host An At-Home Happy Hour With These Fab Recipes

As much fun as it is to go out after work to blow off some steam, or to celebrate wrapping up that massive project, sometimes it is fun to host people at home.

Rather than going all-out and committing yourself to a dinner party, why not host a happy hour? You get to pick the drinks and the food, and keep it as simple as you’d like.

Here are our picks for your at-home happy hour to keep things easy, fun, and happy!

Raspberry Beer Margarita

Why not spice up your margaritas a bit, with minimal effort?

What you need:

  • 1 12-oz can limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 12-oz club soda
  • 12-oz tequila
  • 1 8-oz can Bud Light Raz-Ber-Rita
  • Lime wedges
  • Salt

What you do:

  1. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge
  2. Dip into salt to rim the glass
  3. Pour limeade concentrate, club soda, tequila, and raz-beer-rita in a pitcher
  4. Stir well to combine
  5. Serve over ice

Recipe and photo courtesy of TheBlondCook.com

Mojito Limeade

Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean happy hour isn’t worthy of some fab mojitos.

Mix up some delicious (and easy) ones with this recipe.

What you need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 limes, zested
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1 liter white rum
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Club soda

What to do:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar until fully dissolved
  2. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest with 1/2 cup mint leaves
  3. Cool to room temperate, strain, and refrigerate
  4. Drop lime wedges into the bottom of a large pitcher
  5. Stir in remaining mint leaves, 1 cup of syrup, rum, and lime juice
  6. Top with club soda

Recipe and photo courtesy of OneSweetAppetite.com

Winter Sangria

Swap our the summery flavors in your standard sangria for some more wintery tastes, and you may find yourself still making this recipe come summer.

What you need:

  • 1 750-ml bottle white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple cider
  • 16 oz 100% pure pomegranate juice
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large ripe blood orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, cored and cut into wedges

What to do:

  1. Add wine, apple cider, and juice to large pitcher
  2. Add cinnamon sticks, chopped blood orange, and apple
  3. Serve chilled

Recipe and photo courtesy of TheRoastedRoot.net


You’d be a terrible host if you didn’t provide your happy hour guests some grub to snack on while sipping on the above delicious drinks.

Here are some fab recipes to keep their bellies (and yours) happy.

Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes

This easy snack will help keep your guests feeling full, so they can enjoy more of your cocktails.

What you need:

  • 4 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 to 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 8 1/2 inch thick slices baguette
  • 1 garlic clove

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F
  2. Place tomatoes cut-side up in a shallow baking dish
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme
  4. Roast for 1.5 hours to 2 hours, or until the tomatoes are very soft
  5. Increase oven temp to 400 F
  6. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and bake until golden brown (about 10 minutes)
  7. Rub the crostini with garlic and top each with a roasted tomato

Recipe and photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

It seems almost impossible to have a happy hour without some onion rings, right? Bring them to your at-home happy hour with very little effort.

What you need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large white onions
  • sea salt
  • 1 lemon

What to do:

  1. Combine flour, salt, and pinch of cayenne in a medium bowl
  2. Whisk in buttermilk, beer, egg, and lemon zest and let stand for 20 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 200 and place baking sheet on middle rack of oven
  4. Heat oil to 380 F in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat
  5. Dip few slices of onion into batter, turning to coat
  6. Gently drop slices into oil and cook, turning once until golden brown (about 2 minutes)
  7. Transfer rings to paper towels, season immediately with salt and transfer onions to baking sheet to keep warm
  8. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing

Recipe and photo courtesy of Delish.com

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