At-Home Happy Hour

Aside from honey in his first year, our general policy with D has been that he can try any food he wants, including "adult" food and drinks like coffee and alcohol. He's all for my iced mochas, but a single sip is generally more than enough to convince him he doesn't want beer, wine, or cocktails. That's why, a few months ago, hubby let D sample his candy-red Negroni. When D fled the room, we weren't surprised. But we were surprised when he ran back in wielding a straw, javelin-style, looking for a bigger sip. 

So if we can't go out and we can't stay in, how do we preserve cocktail hour? Of course, we're often happy to have a non-alcoholic cocktail hour, with flavored syrups and sodas or fruit-filled waters. But sometimes, we just want a cocktail. Time & Oak has come to the rescue. We've used their Whiskey Elements to age large batches of Negronis to make the cocktails both earthier and less Kool-Aid red. 

Forget Sunday meal prep. Try Sunday drink prep.

Forget Sunday meal prep. Try Sunday drink prep.

Gently used cocktail bottles make great vases.

Gently used cocktail bottles make great vases.

Bottling cocktails in batches means that we don't have to worry about missing ingredients or a pile of dirty shakers. We stock up on bottles and bottlecaps so that we can make a big batch whenever we feel like it. There are plenty of cappers out there, but homebrewers seem to like the Red Baron, so that's what we use too. The bottles aren't super-easy to clean, so after we've used them they get repurposed as vases, toothbrush holders, and vessels for tiny ships until we recycle them. 

Bottling our cocktails has also unleashed our child's inner Bert, who is enjoying his new bottlecap collection.

Keeping kiddo busy during cocktail hour with custom bottlecaps. #parentingwin #whydoibuytoys

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Toys for him, cocktails for us, budget flower vases all over the house. I'm going to sit, sip, and enjoy this rare win.