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Happy Hour: Sugar and Spice

 For the next four weeks, each of the Happy Hour posts will feature a holiday-themed cocktail.  Given my hatred of Starbucks’ Red Cups and holiday music, this is as close to Christmas cheer as I get.

Spicy Gingerbread Man

1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Hazelnut liqueur
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
2 oz Ginger Beer
Cinnamon stick


Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake over ice. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with Cinnamon stick.

 J.Crew Brown Sequin Popover ($325 + 30%-off with code GIFTS)

Instead of a cocktail dress, I thought I would put up this chocolate sequin pullover.  It would look lovely with ivory dress pants, a cream pleated skirt or over a grey chiffon strapless dress.  It’s casual, but the sequins keep it cocktail.


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  1. Virginiia says:

    I happened to read this as I was rocking out to Mariah Carey's “All I want for Christmas is you” while drinking a delicious peppermint mocha out of the delightful Starbucks red cup – BLISS! Happy Friday!

    December 2, 2011/Reply
  2. Suburban Sweetheart says:

    That drink looks amaaaazing!

    December 2, 2011/Reply
  3. Tiny Tim says:

    Wow, a sweater from JCrew!

    December 2, 2011/Reply
  4. Belle says:

    TT- I get a lot of requests from readers for non-dress holiday attire. So I posted this, if you don't think it's original or stylish or worth your time, feel free to read elsewhere.

    Virginia-I am glad we no longer share office space. Damn Mariah Carey and her Xmas music. Damn holiday cups.

    December 3, 2011/Reply
  5. Erica says:

    love the sweater!

    December 3, 2011/Reply
  6. ProfessionGal says:

    Love the sequin pull over, Belle! Refreshing to see something that isn't a glittered dress.

    December 3, 2011/Reply
  7. Samantha says:

    I am so excited to try the Spicy Gingerbread Man! Have you ever tried it with just ginger ale instead of ginger beer? I'm having a holiday party this coming weekend and I'm worried the ginger beer might be too strong for some of my friends.

    December 5, 2011/Reply