Recently, I tagged along with a friend to a sports bar to watch the NCAA basketball championship final game. I hadn’t followed the tournament besides a few small details here and there on fb “news”. I was raised in KY where some consider basketball a form of religion and plan work schedules around the game times. I do enjoy watching a game here and there but that’s where it ends for me. My friend I was tagging along with, who is also from KY, takes it a little more seriously. Honestly, I was glad to have the night out away from dinner preparations, away from bedtime routines and the never ending call backs to the boys’ bedrooms. Parents…you get me! Most days we wouldn’t trade any of it for a million dollars but we truly appreciate the small breaks to refuel our tanks.
So here, we were. Just before 7 pm we found a table near a television and kindly asked our server to switch the channel to the game. Great. Time for me to relax. It was true that I was free from the night time stresses but I had never expected to be overwhelmed with all the choices of the happy hour selections and the time deadlines. I was being pressured to choose a cocktail, a beer, or a wine, next an appetizer all within ten minutes to get the order in before 7 pm. Whoa…my brain was still stuck on homework, what to wear for this night out, which team was ahead (well, kind of) and now they wanted me to search through the one hundred page menu to choose all of those things. My brain shut down. Besides, happy hour in my life was the hour when my kids fell asleep and my jammies were on and I could flip on the tv without having to meet someone else’s needs. It was still a little early and my brain wasn’t keeping up.
The happy hour that I’m used to is enjoyed on the couch and lately with this delightful cocktail made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and vodka also known as a Greyhound. It was a recommendation of another friend and a good one at that. It is just the perfect amount of sweetness to start our happy hour which starts around 9 pm. I later added the mint when yet another friend of mine kindly handed me a huge bunch one day. It didn’t take much time to match the two. The end result is such a nice treat at the end of any kind of day. It is light and refreshing, not too sweet and I serve it in the cutest glasses I found at a recent trip to Goodwill. No matter how unflattering my happy hour attire (aka jammies) are, these petite glasses help me enjoy my quiet evening happy hour. In addition to be extremely delicious, the greatness of this drink also comes in the ease of making. I’m embarrassed (but not really) to tell you that this drink can be easily made in a commercial break for your favorite show. If you’re watching Netflix, keep that pause button handy!
Just to let you know, I had one lone grapefruit left in the refrigerator this week and decided to use it for a minty grapefruit margarita to accompany our taco dinner. It was equally as delicious. So, if vodka isn’t your flavor of choice, try tequila with a little Cointreau. If you are unsure, try both. I promise you won’t be disappointed! So, no matter what your “happy hour” looks like or when it falls, enjoy yourself. Don’t feel pressured to make those quick decisions, they’ll be waiting for you later.