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Happy Hour: An Easy Seltzer Cocktail

I don’t drink at home often, but on a sunny summer day, the idea of sitting on the patio with a cocktail is just too enticing.  For an easy, refreshing cocktail, this four-ingredient drink is the way to go.  It’s also a great use for the flavored seltzer water that most of us have in our refrigerators.

I like this Oola vodka because it’s smooth and not terribly expensive.  We’re also a big fan of the Kirkland Signature vodka, the rumor is that it’s Grey Goose in Costco packaging.  I’m not sure I buy that, but if you’re having a party, you can’t beat the price.

Add ice to a glass (these Anthropologie glasses are my favorite), then add 1.5 shots of vodka, and 1 shot of St. Germain elderflower liqueur.  Then, pour in some seltzer and add a lime wedge.

It’s such a simple cocktail, but I think the St. Germain gives it a bit more pop.  One of my girlfriends makes a similar drink but with a splash of champagne instead of the seltzer.

So what does one wear for a casual cocktail on a Friday night?  I like a relaxed jersey dress.

Lou & Grey Mediamix Dress ($79.50 + 50%-off with code FLASH)

The Lou & Grey line from LOFT has some lovely relaxed summer dresses.  I like this simple tank dress with a racerback.  They have a number of lovely dresses including this short-sleeve swing dress and this sleeveless back pleat dress in pink.  I recently bought this signature-soft swing dress in fiery orange.  I’ll let you know how it is when it arrives.  But with this 50%-off sale running, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of dresses for warm weather.

Plus-size?  Try this Caslon drop-waist dress or this Modcloth dress with a twist front.



  1. KB says:

    Chris Cohen did a piece in the May issue of Lucky Peach breaking down Kirkland Signature (Costco’s signature brand) v major high-end liquors. Worth a read for anyone with a Costco card looking for the best cost-saving alternatives.

    June 9, 2017/Reply
  2. Lynn says:

    Yay! The return of one of my favorite features. I’ve never had elderflower. What does it compare to? Is it sweet? Citrusy?

    June 9, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It has a hint of sweetness, but it has a citrusy herbal flavor.

      June 9, 2017/Reply
    • Ellen says:

      Totally agree – this was one of my favorite posts of the old old blog (circa 2010-11) – so happy it is back!

      June 10, 2017/Reply
  3. Sarah says:

    I loooooooove this beverage!!! The elderflower is a little sweet so I like to pair it with bitters and prosecco.

    June 12, 2017/Reply
  4. JOJO says:

    Love the cocktail and glad Happy Hour is Back!

    June 12, 2017/Reply