Style + Happy Hour

Happy Hour: A Use for Store-bought Lemonade

Yesterday, we had a Zoom happy hour with some congressional staff alumni and it was really fun to see everyone again.  Because I’m on the West Coast, I still had a couple of hours left in my workday, so I could dive into Happy Hour with as much abandon as I would have liked.  But I have big plans for my grad school happy hour tomorrow.

Meet the Kentucky Lemonade.  Bourbon, lemonade, ginger ale; what could go wrong?

The trick is to avoid making the cocktail too sweet.  The Simply Lemonade brand makes a low-sugar version, which works well for this application.  I also recommend a zippier ginger ale (like Reed’s) or a ginger beer.

This is one of those cocktails that you need to “season to taste,” so as you make it, adjust the sweetness or ginger flavor to your preference.  The mint is optional, but highly recommended.

2020 is t-shirt dress summer in my house.  This Lou & Grey frock is gorgeous.  The heathered blue is incredibly fresh.  And the knot in front is a little more flattering for those who weren’t graced with a defined waistline.  This plus size dress from ASOS Curve has a similar color and style.

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    5 comments

  1. Anna says:

    The dress like goes to Reed’s ginger ale 🙁

    April 24, 2020/Reply
  2. Mary says:

    Hey Belle, the dress link took me to the ginger ale. This means it’s time to stop working and start the weekend, right?!
    Thank you for this blog, it has brought me so much enjoyment!

    April 24, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Gosh, let’s hope. I really need to stop blogging at 3:00AM.

      April 24, 2020/Reply
  3. Rachel C says:

    I use Simply Lemonade to make a delightfully refreshing and sippable drink that I’ve dubbed “My Drink.”

    2 Oz vodka
    2 Oz Pom Juice
    4 Oz Simply Lemonade

    Serve in a tall glass over ice. It’s wonderfully refreshing.

    April 24, 2020/Reply
  4. SG says:

    Yes! I use the Simply Limeade for big batch margaritas and it’s perfect – not too sweet and a short ingredient list.

    April 24, 2020/Reply