1. the interval before the evening meal during which cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are often served.
I think we need to bring back cocktail hour this January. As a month, it is always miserable, containing the most miserable day of the year. This particular January has been cold, cold enough to want to stay in and hibernate until at least mid March. So what better way to brighten up the month than by bringing back the most glamorous hour of the day, one which tastes delicious, and can, if you so wish, be attended in your pjs. Let’s bring back cocktail hour.
I have only one hard and fast rule about cocktail hour, and that is the glasses you use should be fit for the purpose. Last year I had a couple of pretty fabulous cocktails, including a rather divine Pornstar Martini, but the whole drink was totally spoiled by the fact it was served in a plastic glass – NO! NO! and Just NO! There is really no need to do this. House of Fraser is just one of the stores that have a fabulous selection of cocktail glasses and glassware that will make your cocktail hour stay the right side of classy.
Whether you want to mix the perfect Martini, fancy an iced Margarita, or actually fancy yourself as a bit of a mixologist and are intent in putting together your own concoction, by serving it in a proper glass, you literally ensure it will taste better than it would in a wine glass or tumbler. You can chose if you want to go for the classic Waterford Crystal design, or something more sleek and streamlined.
January may be cold and pretty horrible, but if you face it with a cocktail in hand, you may just about survive until February.
I’ll leave the final word to the patron saint of cocktail drinkers everywhere – Carrie Bradshaw.