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Happy Hour: Light and Refreshing

When I asked for reader comments a few weeks ago, several of you expressed disdain or at least, ambivalence toward the Happy Hour posts.  The most common reason given: You don’t make cocktails at home.  Well, I’ve got a summer cocktail that is so tasty, refreshing and easy that it might change your mind about drinking at home.

Champagne Cocktail with Mint and Lemon Sorbet from Fresh 365

The ingredients for this cocktail are simple: mint, lemon sorbet, champagne and vodka.  No simple syrup.  No special bitters.  Just four ingredients.  

This cocktail is so refreshing.  It’s perfect for a weekend brunch or a bridal shower.  It would also be lovely with raspberry or lime sorbet instead of lemon.

Kite Dress (Anthropologie, $168)

Because the cocktail is airy and light, I wanted a breezy, flirty dress.  This kite printed dress is just adorable.  It can be worn to the office with a skinny belt and a cardigan.  I can also be worn to a bridal shower, casual summer wedding or Gold Cup.

This strikes me as one of those dresses that you’ll find yourself wearing all the time.  And you’ll probably get compliments on it every time.



  1. Heatheresq says:

    Ooooohhh. Mango sorbet & champagne!

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  2. Anita says:

    Speaking of reader comments – are you planning a follow-up post to the rest of the comments?

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  3. Belle says:

    Anita- i was out of town for quite a bit, but i am planning some things based on the suggestions.

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  4. Ann says:

    I for one LOVE the Happy Hour posts. We entertain at home a lot and many of your Happy Hour posts have made me look like a genius!

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  5. XF says:

    I'm a sucker for fizzy cocktails like this. Also, once and for all, can someone tell me the correct pronunciation of sorbet?

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  6. HR says:

    XF: The correct pronunciation of sorbet is “sore-BAY”

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  7. KM says:

    I made this cocktail a couple of weekends ago. It was delicious and it got the “job” done very quickly! Highly recommend.

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  8. Melissa says:

    I may not always make the cocktails on your Happy Hour posts, but I look forward to them every week. It reminds me it's almost the weekend! And, it at least makes me want to go somewhere to order a happy hour cocktail…

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  9. EK says:

    I love the happy hour posts too – feels right on a Friday. This one's going on my “to make” list for sure.

    April 20, 2012/Reply
  10. Nadia says:

    I tried this cocktail this week-end and it was so good!
    It also “did” the job, i had only one and I've already felt tipsy

    April 23, 2012/Reply
  11. Tracy says:

    I love all of your cocktail recipes/posts! Whenever I entertain I usually steer myself in this direction to get an idea! Keep them coming :).

    April 27, 2012/Reply