Let’s Bring Back Cocktail Hour

Our grandparents knew how to party on a weekday.

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There aren’t a lot of feelings better than getting off work and heading home. The hard part of the day is done, and it’s time to unwind. Instead of heading straight to the kitchen for dinner, though, maybe it’s time to head straight to the kitchen for something else. Grab your girlfriend, grab a (as long as its your own) boyfriend, grab a non-binary friend, and grab this Elyx Deluxe Martini Kit. Let’s bring back cocktail hour.

Give Your Brain a Transition

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Giving yourself a break between your work life and your relaxation life is crucial — if you glide between them too often, it’s only a matter of time before you’re lost in some Inception-style dream state where you can’t tell what is what. You and your SO making martinis together might be just what you need to transition between work and home.

Bond Over Something Besides TV Binging

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Yes, of course, it’s always a good idea to rewatch LOST for the 8th time. But it’s not going anywhere, and neither are any of the other shows you’re binging. You know what is going somewhere? An attention span big enough to get you through making and drinking a delicious martini. Get your cocktail game going strong while you still have the energy to do so. It’s fun, and couples who drink together tend to have a lot more fun.

Martinis: Not Just for James Bond

According to a bunch of very real science, martinis are delicious. They may carry on their shoulders the notion of a cocktail that only fancypants people can drink, but the times they are a-changin’. Different combos of bitters and other goodies can combine to create a wholly new martini experience. One you’d be a fool to stray from.

Some Extremely Dank Recipes to Get You Started

The Classic Dirty Martini

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Ingredients

  • 2 jiggers Quality Chilled Vodka
  • 1/2 jigger Garlic Olive Brine
  • 1/2 jigger Water
  • Splash Dry Vermouth
  • 3 Garlic Stuffed Olives
  • Blue Cheese

Instructions In a shaker filled with ice add in your vodka, brine, water, and vermouth. Shake vigorously for 30 shakes. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Removed the garlic from the garlic stuffed olives (put back in garlic olive brine) and stuff olive with blue cheese. Garnish with three on top of your martini.

The Porchlight Gibson

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Plymouth Gin
  • .75 oz Dry Vermouth
  • .25 oz Onion Brine
  • 4 drops Saline Solution
  • Onions (Porchlight spikes them using a sherry vinegar brine with basil, thyme, allspice, lemon peel, black pepper, mustard seed, and sugar)

Instructions

Build the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice until properly chilled. Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with a cocktail onion.

Created by Nick Bennett at Porchlight in New York City

The This-Will-Probably-Be-Too-Sweet-But-Still-Gotta-Try-It Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cherry vodka
  • 3 ounces creme de cocoa
  • 3 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • high quality chocolate syrup I recommend Ghirardelli
  • Instructions
  • Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine.
  • Drizzle the chocolate syrup in the martini glass by holding the syrup steady and spinning the glass slowly by the steam.

Slowly pour the drink into the martini glass. Garnish with cherries.

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