“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog Happy Hour”
After a long day of beating the pavement, or keyboard as it were looking for that elusve job, kick you shoes off and give yourself a happy hour.
Below is a cocktail I created last night! Take one part gin, 4 parts water – pour over ice, drop 2-3 peppermint candies into the drink. one red straw, stir till pink/ place a yorke peppermint patty at the base of the drink and serve!
(Yorke patty is to be eaten after the cocktail is gone!)
A typical cocktail, served in a cocktail glass.
The idea of drinking before dinner has its roots in the Prohibition era. When the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act were passed banning alcohol consumption, citizens would host “cocktail hours”, also known as “happy hours”, at a speakeasy (an illegal drinking establishment) before eating at restaurants where alcohol could not be served. Cocktail lounges continued the trend of drinking before dinner. “Happy hour” entered civilian use around 1960, especially after a Saturday Evening Post article in 1959.
***FDR had cocktails as a regular activity while he was in the White House during the depression.