Another Birthday Happy Hour

As you know, we have our birthdays in successive months.  So today,  it is time for our second installment of Birthday Happy Hour.  Keeping  to the theme of doing a Happy Hour based in the decade of the birthday girl’s birth, we had to go back to the 1970s.  However, the 1970s was not the best decade it seems for iconic memories.  And while Saturday Night Fever was certainly popular, June was a little young and did not really identify with the disco era, so instead we went for the cheese factor.  And we based our Happy Hour on a very memorable Saturday night television show, The Love Boat!!!

The Love Boat

Love, exciting and new
Come aboard. We’re expecting you.
Love, life’s sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

The Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance.

And love won’t hurt anymore
It’s an open smile on a friendly shore.
It’s love!
Welcome abord
It’s love!

June remembers watching the television show, especially when she and her family went to visit her grandparents for the day, because she was allowed to stay up late and watch it with her aunts.  Looking back on it now, it sure was a cheesy show.  And most of the guest stars were people who were on the downslide of their career.  But at the time, it sure seemed glamorous to my younger self.

Because we were going for that tropical cruise ship feel we decided a fruity slushy cocktail was in order.  So we enjoyed some Frozen Sangria.

  • 1 pound (16 ounces) frozen mixed berries
  • 1 2/3 cups dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau (or any orange liqueur, or brandy) – we used Grand Mariner but next time we are thinking orange flavored rum
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1-2 Tablespoons sweetener – we used agave
  • ice, if needed to thicken

Add ingredients to the blender.  Pulse to smooth.  Add more ice to thicken if needed.  Add more sweetener if needed.

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Our plan was to get into the spirit of The Love Boat and sip these while floating in May’s backyard pool.  We were going to pretend it was the Ledo Deck.  However, because we are in Chicago and sadly not in the Caribbean, the weather was fickle and it rained.  Instead, we enjoyed a view from the dry sunroom and just looked at the pool.

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From May….To my dear friend June. We’ve been on this ride for almost a year now, and along the way we’ve had plenty of laughs, a few tears, and lots of hours creating. I can’t wait to see where this crazy journey takes us next. You are my partner in crime and a true soul sister. I wish you the happiest of birthdays. XO

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(Imitation of Charo who seemed to guest star on the show every other week)

Have a good weekend!  If it is warm out this weekend this drink is sure to cool you off.  –May and June 

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