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No love for nurses and other mid-week news

rex_821165q.jpgThe country has gone PC craaaaaaaaazy again. Nurses are banned from using terms like "dearie" and "hello love". It's disrespectful apparently. Blimey. If that's the case, can all cab drivers in London stop it as well? I love it when we all go PC crazy.

More news silliness after the jump.

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Posted by Sian Meades on November 26, 2008 11:50 AM in Celebrities| Culture news| Happy Hour| In The News...
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Happy Hour: Hallowe'en cocktails, num num

KahluaBlackCat.jpgWho says Hallowe'en is only for kids (and yes, I'm sticking with that apostrophe)? Come overleaf with me for a few delicious, delightful, horrifying, scary drinks with something of the night about them. Very much the kind of cocktails Michael Howard might have, just like, with his dinner or something...

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Posted by on October 17, 2008 10:09 AM in Food| Fun & Games| Happy Hour
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Random cocktail generator: are you brave enough?

It's Friday, risk-takers, and just for you we have found a thing that randomly generates cocktails and suggests you try them. Here's one more or less guaranteed to make you puke:

Jack Daniels®
Baileys® irish cream
Hot water
Ice cubes (as desired)

Hot water AND ice cubes, together at last. Why didn't I think of that? Anyway, give it a go and let us know what happens. Ladies, Happy Hour will never be the same again.

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Dollymix's Happy Hour: The Cucumber Cocktail from Yum Sugar and The New York Times

Cucumber CocktailCongratulations, ladies. You have made it to Friday! We all know what a long week it's been - so if you're not trawling around Wimbledon or Glastonbury this weekend, why not stay at home and treat yourself to a fabulous new cocktail? Doesn't that sound better than sitting around in mud or clapping every-so quietly? I thought so. This week I bring you the Cucumber Cocktail from The New York Times and the good folks at YumSugar:

What you'll need:

6 limes, rinsed
1 cup packed mint leaves, no stems, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
3 unwaxed cucumbers
½ cup sugar
2 cups vodka or gin, preferably Hendrick's gin
Sparkling water.

Head over to Yum Sugar for directions on how to make this refreshing drink!

Posted by on June 27, 2008 11:22 AM in Happy Hour
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Dollymix's Happy Hour: The Hibiscus Mint Granita with Rum cocktail

Hibiscus Granita Hello, Dollymixers! Do you know what today is? Of course you know what day it is! It's freakin' Friday! And you know what that means: it's Happy Hour. Today, I have a fantastic recipe for the Hibiscus Mint Granita with Rum cocktail. The sun is (sort of) out in London today, and this drink will make for the perfect after work treat for yourself and three of your mates:

What you'll need:

10 grams dried hibiscus flowers
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Juice from 1 lime
2 ounces white rum (Recommended rum: Bacardi's)
1 fistful mint leaves, finely chopped, plus a few nice sprigs for garnish

For directions on how to make the Mint Granita with Rum cocktail, check out Appetite For China!

[via FoodGawker]

Posted by on June 20, 2008 12:13 PM in Happy Hour
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Dollymix's Happy Hour: The Smirnoff Green Apple Martini!

Thumbnail image for Apples!While it may seem that I am hopelessly obsessed with green alcohol lately, I assure you, I am not. ( I merely have a crush on it.) Today is Friday, and as I'm sure we've all had a dreadfully long week, I thought that I would introduce you all to someone very special: The Smirnoff Green Apple Martini! While Smirnoff isn't my favorite brand of vodka, I'm sure this delightful little treat will sooth my weekday worries just fine. Here is what you'll need to make this fantastic little drink:


1.25oz of Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka
.25 of of apples schnapps
1 splash sour mix
1 slice green apple

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Posted by on June 6, 2008 10:42 AM in Happy Hour
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Dollymix's Happy Hour: Sloshed!'s Tiki Puka Puka cocktail

Tiki Puka PukaHappy Friday, everyone! I know it's been a long week, but I hope today has found you beaming with joy instead of crying and hiding under your desk. It's been a long time since we've had Dollymix's Happy Hour, and I'm proud to say I'm bringing it back this week with the Tiki Puka Puka cocktail. I know a cocktail with a name that sounds like "puke" may not exactly sound particularly inviting, but trust me, it's worth it. (Even if you do 'puka'.)

1 oz light Puerto Rican rum
1 oz dark Jamaican rum
1 oz 151º Demerara rum
1 oz blood orange juice
3 oz Trader Vic's Navy Grog mix (after the jump)
orange flower water


According to the fabulous Sloshed! blog, all you have to do is...

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Posted by on March 28, 2008 12:00 PM in Happy Hour
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Guinness is for boys, and Smirnoff Ice is for girls...according to Guinness


I think I may have just read the most preposterous news item ever written. While researching how many women love to drink Guinness, because I know you're out there ladies, I found this article by the Sunday Mirror entitled, "Sorry love, Guinness taste is for men!" Apparently way back in 2003 a woman was turned away from a Guinness tasting event in Limerick because she was a woman. Even more interesting, the woman was refused from the event by a woman. Gene Doyle, a spokesperson for Guinness defended their decision by saying,

"We never meant to offend women, it's just that on this occasion we were sampling male drinkers. It's a way of getting people's views. We say test this, test this, now which one do you prefer? It depends on what we're testing and it is predominately men who drink Guinness. If it had been Smirnoff Ice or something like that perhaps we would have asked women."

As to be expected, Irish feminists were beyond livid and replied, "My taste buds are as good as any man's - and I've loads of female friends who drink Guinness too." So, if you're a lady who loves her a pint of the dark stuff, where should you go?

After the jump we have a list of the six best pubs in Ireland, courtesy of The Times.

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Posted by on February 6, 2008 4:55 PM in Feminism| Happy Hour
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Pink Port, why some people really are sad after sex, and Britney Spears is still in the hospital

port.jpg-Did you know that getting sad after sex is a serious condition? I know, neither did I. But it is! It really is! The condition is called post-coital tristesse, and according to Dear Sugar, "Many people who suffer from PCT will experience strong feelings of sorrow, anxiety, or uneasiness anywhere from immediately after sex to up to two hours later." [Dear Sugar]

-Have you heard that Marks & Spencer's have created a pink port? Apparently they've pinked it up because port comes off as a man's drink, like whiskey and brandy. (Even though plenty of women like them.) However, the editor of Decanter magazine says, "I suspect they're trying to jump on the rosé bandwagon, but it tastes worryingly close to the alcopop market." [Yum Sugar]

-There's that whole urban myth floating around that if you criticize a member of the cult Scientology, that they'll try to have you killed. Well, while we can't actually prove that, it seems as though Kirstie Alley's lawyers are trying to get a "journalist" from US Weekly fired for cracking a Scientology joke. Oy. Get a sense of humour. [Defamer]

-Britney Spears is in the hospital under going psychiatric care, and she's been there a full day! Girlfriend hasn't left yet! Amazing! Wish Britney all the best, and hope she gets better soon. [Perez Hilton]

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Dollymix Happy Hour: the Ca Cocktail from Absolut

Ca_cocktail.jpgLast time for Happy Hour we covered the fabulous Orangina Twist and Shake Cocktail. This week we have the fantastic cocktail from Absolut, called the Ca Cocktail.

Glass: cocktail

1 part Absolut Citron
1 part Cranberry Juice
1 part Lemon-lime Soda
1 part Orange Juice
1 part Scotch Whisky
1 part Simple Syrup

Absolut suggest to that you fill a cocktail glass to the rim with crushed ice. Pour Absolut Citron, cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, orange juice, scotch whisky and simple syrup into a mixing glass. Fill the mixing glass with dry ice cubes and stir. Strain the drink into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice. (Or a straw, if you've had a really bad day.)


Posted by on January 11, 2008 12:08 PM in Happy Hour
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