One of the best shifts I ever got to work while waitressing at Houlihans in the 90’s was Happy Hour. Slinging “blue whales” and “pink alligators” (each garnished with respective plastic animal on glass edge) while delivering 1/2 priced potato skins and other happy hour apps was easy enough, and, unlike a few of the other customers I encountered while working there, Happy Hour customers were always happy! Happy to be finished with work for the day, spending some time with friends while enjoying cocktail or two. My girlfriends an I enjoy a “Martini Reunion” Happy Hour once a month and KF and I love to catch up on the weeks events every Friday night over a cocktail and snack so I thought I’d share some posts featuring some of my favorites!
This weekend you might be trying to decide weather to celebrate the Kentucky Derby or Cinco De Mayo. While I enjoy a good Kentucky Derby themed party, The Margarita Queen always wins in my book! Inspired by one of the “foodie juice” comments in my cookbook giveway last month, I played around with this recipe for a bit. Its delicious, crisp and not too fruity. Its also extra yummy when made with jalapeño infused tequila!
Grapefruit Margarita Queen
1 Grapefruit (squeezed equals about 1/2 C or so of juice)
1 Lime (squeezed)
1/2 Cup Silver Tequila (I like Milagro or Patron)
2 Tablespoons Orange Liquor (I like Grand Marnier)
1/4 Cup of Agave
Lime or Grapefruit garnish
Coarse salt for glass rims
You can’t call it “happy hour” without a snack to munch on… Here’s my recipe for the most delicious spiced nuts… everyone who tries them loves them! Packaged in a ball jar or cellophane bag, they also make a really great hostess gift accompanied by a bottle of wine.
(adapted from Marthastewart.com)
1 Tablespoon coarse salt
2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 Teaspoons paprika
1/4 Cup sugar
2 large egg whites
6 cups mixed, raw nuts (any mix of pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts)
Combine spices with egg whites in large mixing bowl. Add nuts and mix to coat. Spread coated nuts in a single layer onto 2 parchment covered baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees. Rotate the sheets in oven, and cook for 10 minutes more. Let cool before serving or storing.
Here’s to a happy Happy Hour and a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to enter our Seven Stars Cookbook Giveaway which ends tonight at midnight! Cheers & All Good Things! Xo Dani