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Dawa

Happy Wednesday! Are you ready to go on a Safari happy hour? Buckle in because for this week’s Drink of the Week we’re taking you to Kenya where after admiring gorgeous animals in the heat for a while you wind down with The Dawa. A cocktail that is both for fun and fun for your health. Intrigued yet? Keep reading to find out about this magic potion and what country inspired it. Cheers!

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Emerald

It’s time for another mid-week treat here at Happy Hour City! Today, we’re toasting with an Irish classic that constantly gets overlooked because of it’s relativity to the O.G. of classic cocktails- the Manhattan. Today, we’re exploring the Irish cousin of the family, the Emerald! So grab your glass and raise a toast to the Isles with this easy but spirit forward kick-in-the-ass cocktail your Wednesday needs. Cheers!

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Painkiller

Happy Wednesday! Today, we're switching out the LA heatwave for the British Virgin Islands with the Painkiller cocktail! This staple Tiki cocktail is often confused for a Piña Colada, but its strength makes it a bigger and badder Tropical cocktail. We got you the recipe (that's had some controversy!), the short history, and the U.S. city that has the record of most Painkillers bought in a year- the answer WILL surprise you. Cheers!

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Espresso Martini

Combining coffee with liquor may make your 9-5 hell, but when it is done right, magic happens and history is made. The Espresso Martini holds an important place in coffee and martini culture and today we’re also celebrating National Martini Day! Celebrate with us by learning how to make it, who made it, and why it wasn’t called an Espresso Martini right away. Cheers!

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Gin Fizz

Happy Wednesday! We’re diving into a very classic cocktail this week, the most popular from the “Fizz” family, the traditional Gin Fizz. With so many variations, the original recipe has changed in the last 100 years, and today it is completely customizable. We did some digging and found the best versions, who might have invented it, and how even gin haters will be able to enjoy this spirit forward cocktail. Cheers!


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Aperol Spritz

Welcome! After a very much needed Spring Break vacation, we are baaaaack, and feeling more refreshed than ever! What a better way to start fresh than with an incredibly refreshing drink that’s EVERYWHERE right now- Aperol Spritz. We explored why and how this Italian liqueur skyrocketed to fame, how it made its way into the "Spritz" category, and why it won’t be going anywhere any time soon. Learn how to properly make one and much more inside, cheers!

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Caipirinha

When a drink makes a mark as a national beverage, it deserves a spotlight, and for a country the size of Brazil that’s quite an accomplishment. The Caipirinha is a simple, yet historic cocktail that came to the Americas and left a lasting impression in the heart of millions of Brazilian people. If you have never had it, this is your chance to learn how to make it, how to say it, and what the heck it means. Cheers!

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Blood and Sand

Don’t let the name scare you, this week’s Drink of the Week does not taste like blood and it doesn’t feel like sand going down your throat. This long-forgotten Scotch cocktail has been in the history books for nearly a century, so why have you never heard of it? We dug into that, plus found out where the name came from, and a little tip to make the recipe well worth your while. Cheers!

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Rose Water Gin & Tonic

Flowers and cocktails are no strangers to each other, gardens and refreshments go together hand in hand. Flowers, the edible ones, also make quite the beautiful garnishes, so why wouldn’t we use them in recipes? Rose Water is nothing new in skin care, and it hasn’t been a booming trend (we see you lavender) but it is around. For Valentine’s Day tomorrow, here’s a cute little pink cocktail for all you lovers out there. Cheers!

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Sgroppino

The end of January is here! We’re ready to treat ourselves to a dessert cocktail. Don’t worry, this Drink of the Week is actually as healthy as it gets in terms of ingredients and citrus deliciousness. We’re speaking Italian this week and making Sgroppino. Cheers!

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Black Velvet

We’re sticking to light cocktails this month, to help you all keep your NYE resolution, and this week’s drink is for the beer lovers. The Black Velvet cocktail is a mysterious looking mix of two very different ingredients that will certainly have you on your back if you drink too many. We dug into a bit of the history and of course provided you with the recipe for the right way to make it. Cheers!

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