Peterson's Happy Hour: Spirited Cocktails and Helpful Hints to Brighten Daily Life

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When the daily grind begins to grate, lifting your spirits can be as simple as…lifting a glass of spirits!

Whether you need to cool off after a computer meltdown, dilute a deer-icidal impulse when Bambi’s relatives are eating your garden, or subdue the sticker shock of your grocery bill, the refreshing solutions and helpful tips in this book will keep your mood afloat.  Peterson’s Happy Hour prescribes the perfect liquid antidote for your ...

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Overview

When the daily grind begins to grate, lifting your spirits can be as simple as…lifting a glass of spirits!

Whether you need to cool off after a computer meltdown, dilute a deer-icidal impulse when Bambi’s relatives are eating your garden, or subdue the sticker shock of your grocery bill, the refreshing solutions and helpful tips in this book will keep your mood afloat.  Peterson’s Happy Hour prescribes the perfect liquid antidote for your household hindrances, workday worries, playtime problems, or vacation vexations such as:

• Acquire an itchy rash while attempting to clear the backyard weeds?

Soothe yourself with a calamine-pink Name Your Poison, made with rum, milk, and frozen strawberries.

• Done in when babysitting naughty nieces and nephews?

Choose “sparkling” over “spanking” with an elegant champagne-based Auntie Dote.

• Need to ditch the long-distance travel plans for the cultural adventures of home?

Ride your recliner to destination relaxation with a spicy, Mexican beer-based Señor Staycation.

• Realize that your old house improvements are a lot harder than they seem on TV?

Put down the saw and get hammered with a classic Rusty Nail.

• Faced with a corporate social event that’s about as exciting as an IRS audit?

Motivate your fellow employees with a No Company Picnic--it tastes like watermelon but has no seeds.

In addition to more than fifty recipes, Peterson's Happy Hour is filled with vintage photographs and ephemera that evoke the sunny days of yore. With simple instructions for making up-to-the-minute cocktail ingredients (infused liquors, syrups, purées), an equipment glossary, and a list of resources, this book gives you the know-how and inspiration to concoct your own happy hours—on even the most miserable days. Because sometimes, when the day hands you lemons, a shot of homemade limoncello can do you a world of good.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307590510
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Peterson's Happy Hour

Spirited Cocktails and Helpful Hints to Brighten Daily Life
By Valerie Peterson

Clarkson Potter

Copyright © 2010 Valerie Peterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307590510

Fish Story Punch
serves 1


   • 1½ ounces spiced rum
   • 1 ounce peach schnapps
   • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lemon juice
   • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) simplest syrup (recipe below)
   • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) strongly brewed black tea, cooled
Combine the rum, peach schnapps, lemon juice, and simplest syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well (until condensation forms on the entire shaker). Strain the mixture over ice into a rocks glass. Add the tea and stir gently.

For a Boat-load of Fish Story Punch
serves 12


   • 3 cups (24 ounces) spiced rum
   • 2 cups (16 ounces) peach schnapps
   • 2 cups (16 ounces) strongly brewed black tea, cooled and well chilled
   • 1 cup (8 ounces) fresh lemon juice, well chilled
   • 1 cup (8 ounces) simple syrup, well chilled
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl.

simplest simple syrup
Makes approximately 1½ cups


   • 1 cup sugar
   • 1 cup water
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until all the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Cool. Store in an airtight glass jar for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

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Excerpted from Peterson's Happy Hour by Valerie Peterson Copyright © 2010 by Valerie Peterson. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    Clever, informative and fun read! "Cheers!" "Bottoms up!" and "salute!"

    Loved reading the witty introductions to each drink, paging through the nostalgic photos and just taking an easy stroll down memory lane. The author has a "swell" way with words and creates memorable images, complemented by her keen choice of pictures. My book has several dog-earred pages already. The Nutty Candy and the Sparkle Plenty cocktails sound like winners! Especially loved the accompanying photos to these drinks. This little gem of a book will definitely be the host/hostess gift for summer parties and functions to come!

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