Welcome to the first installment of a new series I’m launching here on The Fainting Goat Blog, Homemade Happy Hour! I’ll be rolling out a few new series this week, and I’m so excited about each of them!
I am currently unemployed, so joining friends for happy hour after they get off work has lost some its fun for me. No money + no job + getting dressed and driving into town just to sit around and drink for an hour = not a lot of fun (and maybe the beginning signs of an addiction). The up side of my situation though is that I don’t have to wait until 5pm for happy hour, I can make it whenever! 2pm martinis, 10 am screwdrivers, the sky is the limit! Well, ok, maybe the items in my liquor cabinet are, but you get the idea.
This is actually a tradition I started last winter, when I was still employed by “the man.” Now I didn’t drink during the day, but since my house is without heat, it was important for me to come home after work to get the heaters and fireplace cracking so that I could actually go to sleep in gentle warmth. Knowing the standard drinks that you can get in any bar are great, but it’s so much more fun when you create your own little cocktails!
** Sidebar: for those of you who don’t drink (or who are not legally able to do so yet), don’t let that stop you from enjoying your own homemade happy hours!! I didn’t drink alcohol until I was in my mid- 20’s, but had created many “signature” drinks and snacks by that time that were totally non-alcoholic and totally yummy. Homemade Happy Hour is not about “getting wasted”; it’s about carving out a little time in the day to sit and indulge in something that makes you happy.
OK, on to today’s drink! I call this Pure Joy. It has three simple ingredients and is perfect for cold rainy afternoons like today.
- Silk Pure Almond milk, Vanilla (any vanilla almond milk will do though)
- Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
- Grand Marnier
Fill a mug with almond milk and microwave for about a minute, minute and a half. (You can also steam it if you wish. I do this sometimes, but mostly I’m lazy so the microwave wins.) Add Godiva liqueur to taste. I eyeball mine, I suggest starting small and see what you like. I like a couple of good sized glugs, but you can add too much! If you can taste the alcohol, you’ve gone too far. Add just a splash of the Grand Marnier. Stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds or so. Now go grab a blanket and a good book and enjoy!