Happy Hour | Cocktails + Glassware

Ah Happy Hour, my favorite time of the day.  Who doesn’t love unwinding after a long day?  Since we have a new glass cabinet in our kitchen it got me thinking about glassware and the glassware made me think of cocktails!  So I decided in honor of the weekend I would share some cocktail recipes paired with some cute glasses!

Just click on the name of the drink to take you to the recipe!

** Update all glassware links should be properly working now!**

ONE \ MINI GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA

I mean come on, how amazing does this rita look??  Although I might make my mini a double:)

I would serve these in
 Mingle Tumblers

How adorable are these small margarita glasses?  I just love the different colors.

and if you like a more traditional glass, I am always a huge fan of Juliska!  Their glassware is lightweight and not heavy which I really like.

Juliska Berry Glasses

 TWO BACON BLOODY MARY

I love a good Bloody Mary, especially with brunch.  this one looks insane!!  Adding bacon to anything is a good idea.

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix) – See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.sV8IuJ9R.dpuf

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix) – See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

 I love the idea of serving the Bloody Marys in these Tortoise glasses and they are on sale!  I am contemplating these for our new glass cabinet, I think the pop of tortoise would be cool.

Tortoise Glassware

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by
blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are
ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody
mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the
best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
– See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by
blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are
ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody
mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the
best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
– See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

the best bloody mary

I am a huge fan of anything involving tomatoes! Sun dried or
oven roasted, cooked or raw, red sauce, ketchup, anything tomato… you
name it. So, I am particularly fond of a good Bloody Mary. I have found
that I really love when it involves a lot of goodies. A delicious
beverage and a snack all in one! If you are looking for a new twist on
an old cocktail, here you go!

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix) – See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by
blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are
ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody
mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the
best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
– See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by
blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are
ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody
mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the
best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
– See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

THREE \ RHUBARB BELLINI

I love this fun spin a bellini, plus the pale pink color is gorgeous.  These would be fun at a baby shower or engagement party.

What is not to love about these stemless flutes??  They are stunning with the gold detail!

|| Champagne Bubbles Flutes

These monogrammed stemless flutes are fun and would make a great wedding gift as well.

Stemless Champagne Flutes

If you like stems I really like this set, a little different but so pretty and a killer price!

Champagne Flutes

FOUR \ VODKA MINT LEMONADE

How refreshing does this cocktail look???

 I love mint in any cocktail!

I have a set of glasses similar to these jungle ones that I just love.  They are so pretty for entertaining and perfect for this vodka lemonade:)

Jungle Glasses

 also LOVE these zebra ones.

Scalamandre Zebra Glasses


FIVE \ MANGO JALAPENO MARGARITA

I love a spicy margarita, probably my favorite kind of margarita!

I just adore these glasses from West Elm, I actually just ordered the pink set since they are on sale!

West Elm Glasses

These Rocco Glasses are also gorgeous, love the detail and on sale (only $24 for 6!)

Rocco Glasses

SIX \ MINT JULEP

I love a mint julep, they are festive and so fun.  Plus I love the fact that you can use your mint julep glasses as small flower vases= double duty.

 Mint Julep Cup/Vase

I have the silver version above but I just love the idea of the copper ones!

Copper Mint Julep Cups

SEVEN \ MOSCOW MULE

My brother introduced me to this cocktail, it is one of his favorites and so easy to make.  Only three ingredients Ginger Beer, Lime, and Vodka. 

The cups are the just the cutest things ever made of copper.

Moscow Mule Cup

Hammered copper version if you prefer.

EIGHT \ DIRTY MARTINI WITH BLUE CHEESE STUFFED OLIVES

This is hands down one of my favorite drinks and I have to say my Dad makes the best one around.  The key is not too much vermouth- we actually do no vermouth, just olive juice and he hand stuffs the olives with quality blue cheese.

Of course I love these pink martini glasses!

Clarana Glassware

NINE \ LILET ROSE COCKTAIL

I have actually never tried Lilet Rose before but I have heard it is so delicious.  I would sub vodka for the gin in this recipe because I don’t like gin (too many gin and tonics in college and now I can’t even smell it).  These would be perfect to serve at an Easter Brunch.



I love the idea of these old fashioned coups.  The gold dots add a fun spin to the glasses.

Champagne Coups

the best bloody mary

I am a huge fan of anything involving tomatoes! Sun dried or
oven roasted, cooked or raw, red sauce, ketchup, anything tomato… you
name it. So, I am particularly fond of a good Bloody Mary. I have found
that I really love when it involves a lot of goodies. A delicious
beverage and a snack all in one! If you are looking for a new twist on
an old cocktail, here you go!

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix) – See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

TEN \ CUCUMBER MINT GIMET

I love a cucumber drink in the summer it is so refreshing.  Once again I would sub vodka for the gin- they make a great cucumber vodka called Effen you could use for this drink.

 These glasses are great because they are double duty, wine or cocktails.  Love the sleek look and gold detail.

Color Drop Stemless Glasses

These glasses are on the pricey side but man they are gorgeous. Love the colors.

Rablabs Carved Glasses 


Of course you need some cute napkins to go with your glasses:)  I am a sucker for a cute cocktail napkin!


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HAPPY FRIDAY


17 Comments

  1. February 27, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    These all sound delish! And I'm a sucker for a cute cocktail glass! You've picked so many cute ones!

  2. February 27, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    i'm desperate to like a dirty martini – would your dad be willing to share his recipe on here? xoxo

  3. February 27, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    I love all of the glasses and can't wait to see what you choose for the cabinet. Also all of these drinks look delicious…. is it happy hour yet? 😉

  4. February 27, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    your blog makes me so happy! great recipes, charleston recs, fashion, kids…all of my favorite topics. thanks for making my day better! 🙂

  5. February 27, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Love these drinks and drinkware! I have Juliska myself (which I LOVE), and have the mint julep cups on my wishlist. Good finds!

  6. February 27, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    What a great post, Natalie! I'm a huge fan of all of your recipes! Stuck in the middle of the tundra in Nebraska, I'm def going to make those Jalapeno Margaritas…we need a little warmth around here!

  7. February 27, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Spicy margaritas are also my favorite kind! I love them with muddled with jalepeno and a good salt rim. I also have been on a moscow mule kick and just posted a rosemary grapefruit mowscow mule I am dying to try! Have a great weekend love!

  8. February 27, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    yum! the links for the tortoise glasses aren't working and I would LOVE to know where those are from!

  9. February 27, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Love this round up! Gotta try that marg recipe!

  10. February 27, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Oh love all the glasses and new drinks to try! The link for the jungle glasses isn't working – FYI.

  11. February 27, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing the tortoise glasses, just beautiful!

  12. March 1, 2015 / 3:12 am

    Your posts are always my favorite and this one is no exception! I'm loving all your glassware & recipes especially the Bloody Mary and Vodka Mint Lemonade. Xo, Stephanie

  13. March 3, 2015 / 2:51 am

    So many great picks! I have ogled over those Scalamandre zebra glasses FOREVER..need them in my life!

  14. March 3, 2015 / 4:42 am

    I have the Rocco glasses and LOVE them!

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