Want the details of what we were sipping on during the show? Find them all below. (And of course, we assume if you’re visiting this page that you are of age to attend happy hour with us.)
- Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s Boone Creek Blonde
- Anything from Urban Family Brewing (preferably while on a picnic, with sharp cheese & good bread)
- Julia’s French 75 Recipe: 1 oz. gin, Juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp. powdered sugar, Champagne; In a cocktail shaker pour gin, lemon, and powdered sugar over ice. Shake until combined and pour into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Enjoy!
- Triple C Brewing Company’s Golden Boy, blonde ale
- Founders Brewing Company’s Lizard of Koz, imperial stout with blueberries and chocolate, aged in bourbon barrels
- Yorkshire Gold, tea (hey, it can’t be all booze all the time, plus Julia lives in London now– there are time differences)
August 2017 (RITAs edition)
- Cigar City Brewing’s Florida Cracker
- Whatever bourbon they were pouring at the Swan & Dolphin bar (you work with what you have)
- A most-lovely celebratory bottle of bubbles bought for the table by the design genius, Alexandra Haughton
- Wolffer Estate’s Dry Rose Cider (from Fair Folks & A Goat‘s Beer Club)
- Troegs’ Sunshine Pils
- Doc Porter’s Bourbon (from Alexis’ new home town, she’s settling in well)
- Elijah Craig
- Negroni (again– because Julia is drinking down her bar, see recipe from May)
- Home-brewed Belgian Golden Strong Ale (brewed for The Happiest Hour Project)
- Commonwealth Brewing Company’s Mano del Puma
- Negroni (Julia’s recipe: equal parts Tanqueray gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth)
- Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
- Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey (from a Flaviar box that was gifted to Alexis Anne by the fabulous Alexandra Haughton!)
- Zuccardi Q Malbec 2009
- Starr Hill Brewery’s Grateful Pale Ale (preferably in the oldest St. Patricks day glass you own)
- Smartwater – Sparkling (in an Irish beer branded pub glass, because– March)
- Tin Cup Whiskey
- Allagash Brewing Company’s Hoppy Table Beer
- Mazzei Badiola Toscna 2012 (aka, the red wine Julia wasn’t sure how to pronounce the name of)
- Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
- Redemption Rye Whiskey (with a splash of tonic)
- Macallan (good inspiration for writing stories set in Scotland, per Julia)
- Oktoberfest: Spaten or Sam Adams are both good examples
- Hot Chocolate (Julia was sipping Cadbury’s Drinking Chocolate)
- Irish Coffee, inspired by the scene in Alexis’ book 5 Dirty Sins where the main characters drink Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista, before riding cable cars.
- Kona Brewing Co / Big Wave
- Stone/Dogfish/Victory / Saison du BUFF
- Julia’s Negroni Recipe: 1.5oz Gin (she uses Tanqueray), 1.5oz Sweet Vermouth, 1.5oz Campari (She warns that this drink can be an acquired taste, it’s herbal and a bit bitter from the Campari.)
Since the Romance Writers of America (RWA) national conference is in New York City this year, naturally we had to go with a New York beer. Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace was the pick of the night.
We were all about the whiskey this month. Julia was sipping some King’s County Bourbon from Brooklyn and Alexis and Mary Chris were enjoying some fine Virginia spirits from John J. Bowman, and Reservoir. Want to make a quick refreshing summer cocktail? Mix grapefruit Pellegrino with your favorite whiskey and serve over ice.
Since the show aired on Cinco de Mayo, Mary Chris couldn’t resist making a margarita (even though it involves neither bourbon nor craft beer). Here’s her recipe:
Add salt to the rim of the glass, if that’s your thing. Fill glass with ice, add 2 oz. tequila and 1 tablespoon Cointreau. Fill the remainder of the glass with limeade* (such as, Simply Limeade).
*I prefer a really basic limeade made from juice, sugar and water to margarita mixes which always seem syrupy and overly green in color.