12 oz. Redd’s Apple Ale (Substitute: Hard Cider)
1 oz. Fireball Whisky
Pour the 1 oz. Fireball Whisky into the Redd’s Apple Ale into a tall draft glass. Stir & enjoy!
Mix the 3 tablespoons black cherry liqueur, 1 tablespoon brandy and 1 cup crushed ice into a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake then pour into tall glass already filled with 2 maraschino cherries. Fill the rest of the glass with the 4 tablespoons sparkling white wine or champagne. Toast and enjoy!
Thanksgiving week marks the start of the holiday season – that special time of year filled with parties, gifts, spirits, and cheer. Why not add dates to that list?
Christmas is a holiday that connects friends and families. The movies always show people falling in love at Christmas time and using it as a special occasion to say something you might not have said the other 364 days of the year because you were too scared or sober to do so.
The truth is, while you may not fall in love, the Christmas season brings different options and venues for dates for everyone to enjoy.
Here is the Happy Hour Stories’ version of “The 12 Dates of Christmas”:
On the first date of Christmas my date and I…Decorated a Christmas Tree.
Nothing kicks off the Christmas season like decorating the Christmas Tree. There is something romantic and special about decorating a tree together. Whether you went and purchased the eight footer tree from the local farm or you are rocking the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree in your studio apartment, getting decorations and taking time together to decorate the tree is a fun activity.
On the second date of Christmas my date and I…Volunteered.
Sure, volunteering might not be the most romantic or sexiest of dates…but you know what is sexy? Being with someone who cares for others. The holiday season showcases how many others are less fortunate and need help. Volunteering together at a soup kitchen, working a clothes drive, or walking the animals at the Humane Society is a good way to get to know your date better while helping others. ‘Tis the season.
On the third date of Christmas my date and I…Had a Christmas Movie Night.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the stresses that everyday life brings, sometimes it is nice to have a relaxing night in. Since you already decorated your tree together, why not sit and admire that tree while spending some quality snuggle time on the couch watching Christmas movies? I recommend putting on some of the classics…A Christmas Carol, Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and of course Elf. I also recommend having some spirits while the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future are spending your evening with you.
On the fourth date of Christmas my date and I…Went Christmas Shopping.
Christmas Shopping can be a pain for some, but this can turn your otherwise dreaded errand into an opportunity to spend time with someone. You both can help choose gifts for everyone on your respective lists and might even get shopping ideas ‘for that special someone’.
On the fifth date of Christmas my date and I…Played In the Snow.
There are a lot of great outdoor activities for date ideas during the holiday season. Brave the cold together to go ice skating, sled riding, go in the hot tub to warm up, or just go outside and play in the snow. You will most likely have to get creative with getting warm during these activities which usually includes getting cozy with one another and/or hot chocolate (with Bailey’s Irish Cream obviously).
On the sixth date of Christmas my date and I…Went to a Game.
There is no shortage of sporting events during the holiday season with professional and collegiate basketball, hockey, and football games to name a few. Going to a sporting event together is one of my personal favorite date ideas throughout the entire year, but there is something extra special about seeing a game during the holidays. Tailgating in the snow is extremely underrated.
On the seventh date of Christmas my date and I…Went to a Christmas Show.
In addition to sporting events, there are a number of plays, shows, and other events that are going on during the holiday season that would make for a great date night. You can try out the traditional Christmas classics like The Nutcracker, The Musical Christmas Carol, or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Or you can think outside of your Christmas box and go see some of the more unique options including Elf: The Musical, The Rat Pack Does Christmas, and Potted Potter.
On the eighth date of Christmas my date and I…Baked (and Drank).
If you knew me on a personal level, you would know that I avoid a stove or oven at all costs so it might come as a shock that I am recommending baking as a date activity. Having said that, I truly enjoy the end results of baking so I think it could be fun to do together (particularly if your date does the majority of the baking and you stick to the drinking part). My expertise in the kitchen usually involves alcohol but making Christmas cookies while drinking a hot tottie with a hottie doesn’t sound so bad.
On the ninth date of Christmas my date and I…Participated in an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl.
There are few things I enjoy more during the holiday season that an Ugly Sweater get-together. Recently, the Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl has become quite popular in some cities. This is a great date activity to do together or with a bunch of your friends. Usually the uglier the sweater, the more fun the evening. I enjoy this activity so much that I even have an ugly sweater for my wine bottle.
On the tenth date of Christmas my date and I…Went to a Christmas Party.
Sure Ugly Sweater parties are a blast, but another great thing about the holidays is the massive amount of non-ugly sweater Christmas parties. Everyone likes getting dressed up every now and then and Christmas parties are a fun excuse to get out that little black dress and heels combo or to put on that sweater and button-down and celebrate with your date.
On the eleventh date of Christmas my date and I…Spread Some Christmas Cheer.
Few things get you more in the Holiday spirit or make you want o spread Christmas Cheer than cheers-ing with another and indulging in some spirits yourself. One of my favorite things to do on a date is to go to a local bar or restaurant and have great conversation over a couple of cocktails. This is even escalated during the holiday season with extra days off work leading to an extra amount of cocktails consumed.
On the twelfth date of Christmas my date and I…Tried Out the Mistletoe.
Let’s face it; Christmas is an extremely romantic season. I mean it is the only holiday that includes a tradition involving hanging a plant on a door to force others to kiss underneath it. Rather than ask why, I recommend embracing this genius idea called Mistletoe. I also recommend testing out the mistletoe with your date at every opportunity that presents itself; after all, you have to be prepared for the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve.
If you are not as serious with your date (or looking for a date around Christmas), then I recommend my suggested route: Find a headband that has mistletoe attached and spread your own Christmas cheer.
‘Tis the season for dating. Happy Holidays my friends.
Note: “The 12 Drinks of Christmas” Cocktail Guide Coming Soon!
Happy Hour Stories Hot Tottie
The perfect cocktail to set sail with Captain Morgan…even when it is snowing during the holidays.
Pour the 1/2 Liter of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and 1 Gallon of Apple Cider into the Crockpot and set to medium-low heat. Slice the 2 Oranges and place slices in Crockpot with liquid. Add 8 Cinnamon Sticks and stir thoroughly. Allow approximately 2-4 hours to heat (or until it reaches your desired temperature). Typically serves 6-8 people (unless you really like to party).
Dos Equis (Guest Blogger)
The most interesting man in the world doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does he prefers Dos Equis. I am hoping my date (who was not the most interesting man in the world) doesn’t always wear vests, but when he does they are suede vests. Yes, my date arrived in a full-blown suede vest. Enough said.
You are right – enough said! Sounds like the least interesting man in the world to me. Few things turn a woman on more than suede vests.
I hope you had a couple of Dos Equis yourself to try to forget this fashion and dating disaster. I am just disappointed he also didn’t have leather chaps…
Cinderella is the classic fairy tale of the kind and beautiful girl who lived with her stepmother and two evil stepsisters. We all know the story…Cinderella is stuck doing all the chores for her nasty and unfortunate looking stepfamily, her fairy godmother pays her a visit, turns her into a beautiful princess look-a-like, she attends a ball, dances with the prince, loses her glass slipper, and then is reunited with her true love that she has known for a total of three song lengths when she is the only one in the village that has the correct shoe size to fit that glass slipper. And they live happily ever after. Obviously.
It is called a fairy tale for a reason and I totally get it. But I have some major issues with the classic tale.
First of all, I am sorry but there had to be a minimum of two people that could fit into the glass slipper in that village. My college roommates, friends, and I have shared shoes multiple times in the past. If finding your Prince Charming was as easy as fitting into a size 7 glass slipper, the world and dating in general might be a little different (and easier). If I lose my shoe at the end of an evening, it usually means I am the drunk idiot walking home shoeless – not that I am about to become a princess.
Plus, I don’t have a fairy godmother, but I have my hair stylist, my Sephora makeup, and a closet full of what I would like to consider fashionable clothes. When I get all dolled up and go out with my friends, sometimes my night includes dancing with men. I might think they are my true love on the dance floor as we are swaying and holding our $2 drafts, but I can assure you that it takes more than a couple of songs to truly fall in love with someone.
If this classic were in a modern day setting, it would be told quite differently. Therefore, I have revised this fairy tale for the modern day version known as “Tinderella.”
Once there was a kind, beautiful, and hopelessly romantic girl named Tinderella. She lived on her own in an apartment and was a successful young professional. She was tired of the bar scene and decided to try to find her Prince Charming online. After some unsuccessful dates using the typical dating sites, she joined an app called Tinder that was recommended by her friends.
Tinderella signed into the app with her Facebook account and was instantly matched with hundreds of men. She changed her filters to the correct geographic, gender, and age settings and let the app do its magic. She was astonished that so many of these cute, single men in her area shared Facebook friends and/or interests from their profile pages.
She started going through her matches, checking yes or no to each potential Prince Charming, and then all of a sudden like magic – POOF – she got the first “IT’S A MATCH” screenshot. Since both people have to click yes for it to be a match, Tinderella was excited by this news. She continued searching through the app for hours. Eventually her app showed the inevitable “You’ve seen all the recommendations near you” message. Tinderella was disappointed – how could that have been all the matches for her?
The next day, she glanced at her Tinder notifications to discover she had more matches. With some Fireball whisky liquid courage, Tinderella clicked on each flame that represented a match and started chatting. Eventually she had seven conversations going and she was starting to feel better about her potential suitors.
One Tinder flame (Prince, 31) shared 5 Facebook friends and 3 Facebook interests with her. He asked her to go out on a date and she thought, “Well how harmless can he be if he is also friends with Anastasia, Drizella, Jaq, Gus and Lucifer too?” His profile showed five of his best looking Facebook photos that featured everything from a regular headshot, a shirtless selfie, his entourage at the bar, his dog and his favorite meme with the Tinder headline “Chivalry is not dead. I’m a Prince.”
After a long day of work and working out, Tinderella put her makeup on, picked out a great outfit, and got ready to meet her Prince Charming.
Will they live happily ever after? Only time will tell. She was living happily over their next few cocktails, however. To be continued…
OK – so the story might not become a classic like the original, but you get the idea.
Tinder is actually one of the most entertaining apps I have ever used and I recommend every single man and woman to at least give it a try. Note: when I say “single” here I am referring to your relationship status. I am sure your significant other would not appreciate you searching for what else is out there.
I have heard some success stories from people meeting through the app (particularly the ones where there are mutual Facebook friends so you can ask your friends what the other person is like) – and – I have heard some horror stories from those who decided to try to start a fire with a Tinder flame.
Here is my thinking, however. Whether you live happily ever after or not is completely dependent on you. I am a strong believer that you can create your own happiness.
If you meet a loser from the app and don’t want to see him or her again – don’t.
If you meet a great person through Tinder and want to see where it goes – do it.
Happily ever after should not only live in fairy tales. It should also come from smartphones.
I probably should have been named Cinderella given my last name, but am glad my parents decided against that decision. Cinderella actually translates to “little one of the ashes.”
If you do find your significant other via Tinder, well, naming your daughter Tinderella is completely on you.
Pour the 2 oz. Bakon Vodka, 4 oz. Bloody Mary Mix, and 2 oz. Tomato Juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a tall glass. Add the 3 splashes of Tobasco Sauce, 2 splashes of Worcestershire Sauce, and 2 Sprinkles of Black Pepper. Stir drink in glass and add 1 sliced pickle, 1 celery stalk, and 1 olive to your drink. Squirt the lemon juice from the ½ lemon garnish into the drink and then add. Drink & enjoy!
Magic Hat is a delicious beer that has a lot of hops. Magic Hat is one of those beers that you usually crave at the bar when you see its cool logo on the tap and you realize that you haven’t had something that delicious in a while. You expect the bartender to scream “Abracadabra” as he places your perfectly poured beer in front of you at the bar. Those first few sips are magical, but then you enjoy it so much that you overindulge and you are left with a nasty hangover. Meet the next man named “Magic Hat.” Continue reading →
I have had many women (and men actually) ask me when and/or if it is appropriate for a woman to pick up the check for a date. This is always a tricky subject and usually one of the most awkward moments of the night is when the server puts the bill between the couple on a date and you both stare at each other wondering who is going to grab the bill. Side note: Let’s hope that part is the only awkward moment of your date.
Regardless, I have created some personal rules that I have been following when dating for when I should pay for the check. Please feel free to make these rules your own guide to financial obligations when dating also. Continue reading →