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friyay happy hour: hard cider float

long, LONG before friyay happy hour began, when i had no idea what i was doing in the kitchen, the first “cocktail” i ever made was a beer float.

now, it wasn’t necessarily the tastiest drink i ever made, but it was fun and boozy and at twenty-three, it did the trick.

fast forward through almost ten years worth of tasty cocktails, and insert the updated, much improved version of the beer float. and it just so happens to be the perfect drink to enjoy on halloween.

now, you could easily customize this hard cider float with your favorite cider or ice cream, but this combination tastes remarkably like the most delicious caramel apple, but with the benefits of a buzz.

hard cider float

serves 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minute

active time 1 minutes

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 8 oz hard cider (used one with less sugar and a higher alcohol content since they are usually light in alcohol and we are adding other sweet things to the mix). 2 oz your favorite whiskey. 2 scoops salted caramel ice cream (vanilla, pistachio or pumpkin spice could also be delicious). spoon full of whipped cream. pint or other large serving glass.

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start by pouring your whiskey into your serving glass.

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add your two scoops of ice cream.

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pour your cider over the top.

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top with a scoop of whipped cream.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

hard cider float

serves 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minute

active time 1 minutes

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 8 oz hard cider (used one with less sugar and a higher alcohol content since they are usually light in alcohol and we are adding other sweet things to the mix). 2 oz your favorite whiskey. 2 scoops salted caramel ice cream (vanilla, pistachio or pumpkin spice could also be delicious). spoon full of whipped cream. pint or other large serving glass.

start by pouring your whiskey into your serving glass. add your two scoops of ice cream. pour your cider over the top. top with a scoop of whipped cream. serve and enjoy.

friyay happy hour: bloody berry sangria

halloween is right around the corner and no good costume party is complete with out a spooky good,  large batch cocktail.  

my favorite kind of party drink is an easy one that i mix up in big batches and can be made in ADVANCE. and the best part about this sangria is that it is BETTER when made a day or two before. 

bloody berry sangria

serves: 4 cocktails  

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 5 minutes

total time: 15 minutes

ingredients: 1 bottle cabernet sauvignon. 8 oz  blood orange juice. 6 oz brandy. 4 oz simple syrup.  .5 slices concord grapes. 2 plums, sliced into wedges. handful of blackberries. 1 blood orange, thinly sliced. 4 cups of ice. large pitcher.

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start by filling your pitcher with all of your fruit.

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pour in the bottle of wine.

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add in the blood orange juice, brandy and the simple syrup. give everything a really good stir.

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fill your glass with sangria. fill your serving glass with a cup of ice. scoop out some of the fruit and add it to the serving glass.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

bloody berry sangria

serves: 4 cocktails  

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 5 minutes

total time: 15 minutes

ingredients: 1 bottle cabernet sauvignon. 8 oz  blood orange juice. 6 oz brandy. 4 oz simple syrup.  .5 slices concord grapes. 2 plums, sliced into wedges. handful of blackberries. 1 blood orange, thinly sliced. 4 cups of ice. large pitcher.

start by filling your pitcher with all of your fruit. pour in the bottle of wine. add in the blood orange juice, brandy and the simple syrup. give everything a really good stir. fill your serving glass with a cup of ice. scoop out some of the fruit and add it to the serving glass. fill your glass with sangria. serve and enjoy.