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What’s your favorite cocktail? One of my favorite things about dining out socially is ordering a cocktail. I love enjoying it among the company of friends, family or while on date night. But, whenever I try to replicate cocktails at home, they never seem quite right. So, you can imagine how excited I was to find DeKuyper Classic Ol’ Fashion, which helps me create my husband’s favorite cocktail at home, flawlessly every time. DeKuyper Classic Ol’ Fashion is the newest offering to the lineup of liquors and cordials offered by DeKuyper, the brand bartenders trust.
On a recent mini-vacation to a beach rental, I surprised my husband with his favorite bourbon based cocktail, made in just 2 simple steps thanks to DeKuyper Classic Ol’ Fashion, and a simple snacking platter to enjoy during our at-home date night. It was an early Father’s Day gift of sorts, and he was over the moon. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite tips to help you create happy hour at home.
3 Tips for Creating Happy Hour at Home
Stock the Bar
Make it simple for guests to serve themselves at home by making basic bar tools accessible. Ice, pouring and mixing tools, cocktail shakers, glassware, selection of mixers and liquors, and garnishes are some of the basics that you should stock your at home bar with.
Serve up Your Guest’s Favorite Cocktail(s)
Whenever I entertain at home, I do my best to serve what I know my guests enjoy. Pay note when you are socializing with friends and family as to the type of cocktails they enjoy. Since my husband’s favorite liquor is bourbon, I was sure to offer a bourbon based cocktail for our at-home date night. Check out this tutorial from DeKuyper bartender Amy Probasco for tips on mixing an Old Fashioned cocktail using DeKuyper Classic Ol’ Fashion at home! If you aren’t sure what your guests enjoy, offer a small selection of cocktail bases and mixes to choose from.
Create a Grazing Board
I am in love with the grazing board trend. It’s a fun way to present a variety of snacks for virtually any occasion. And, it works perfectly for happy hour at home. For my husband’s surprise cocktail hour, I created a simple snacking board with some of his favorites; popcorn and salted nuts.
When creating your own grazing board, consider choosing a theme (i.e. Italian charcuterie, bar snacks such as nuts and popcorn, fruits and cheese, etc) and whether your selections will serve as appetizers or a full snacking meal. Consider your guest’s favorite snacks and the cocktails that you will be serving. The sky is literally the limit for grazing board ingredients.
Keep these 3 tips in mind when setting up your own at-home happy hour. A few simple gestures will go a long way in creating an enjoyable experience, whether it’s for date night, or a virtual happy hour with friends. Within just a few minutes, I was able to surprise my husband with a set-up that he loved, and his favorite cocktail, a classic Old Fashioned, thanks to DeKuyper Classic Ol’ Fashion.
The new 30 proof product is available in-store nationwide and online through Drizly and Reserve Bar, with a suggested retail price of $12.99 per 750 ml bottle. Visit https://drizly.com/liquor/liqueur/other-liqueur/dekuyper-classic-ol-fashion-liqueur/p104577 to purchase yours.
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