the all ages cocktail hour
The hour is a tradition began in Britain due to exhaustion from the day. It was a way of moving up the work day clock with an obligatory rest before dinner with a drink in hand. Though the idea was more for tea, times changed and the drinks developed. Cocktail hour as we know it today was fully formed in New York City and recorded as early as 1895 in the World Herald in a discussion about the difficulty in procuring and actual unmanliness of drinking tea during cocktail hour. It had become a time for alcohol.This summer we say bring back the cocktail hour in its former glory of ginger and pepper! Create the time in your evening, after work but before dinner, to sit and relax with a cool beverage that invigorates and cocks the tail. The truth is very few of us drink enough liquids in our day, and with the summer heat we are in need of a little extra. Plain water can get downright boring, so spice it up.Whether setting this time aside for yourself or making it a family and friends affair, put together something delicious that will quench your thirst and leave you wanting more. It's all about infusing the water. You're not making a smoothie. Ingredients should be added to your pitcher of water no less than four hours before, but the day before yields the best flavor. For a refreshing drink that soothes the stomach and helps with inflammation in the body, try mixing sliced pineapple, ginger and crushed mint. A bright summer blend option is thinly sliced oranges with lightly crushed raspberries. For a lighter take on a Bloody Mary, try dicing tomatoes, celery and sweet bell peppers and letting them infuse the water.Just as a bar has endless concoctions, so does your cocktail hour. Any combination of vegetables, fruits, herbs or spices can make your drinks unforgettable. If the prep work gets a bit much, order Veestro's 5-Day Juice Cleanse and receive 30 organic juice blends that can be drank as they are, blended with ice, watered down for a group or mixed with your choice of spirit!