2 Unique happy hour cocktail recipes

Unusual libations to help you unwind

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For many of us 9-5 working folks, the best part of our day is the nice cold drink waiting for us at happy hour. Although a regular beer or glass of wine is nice, why not spice up your happy hour with a more unique libation, like a chilled raspberry beer cocktail or strawberry basil margarita?

These fabulously refreshing libations are extra boozy to help take the edge off and fabulously light and low in sugar. Which really means we totally condone having more than one (or five, we won't judge).

Raspberry beer cocktail

Serves about 4

Are you a beer lover but want something just a teensy bit different? Try this refreshing cocktail, made with fresh and frozen raspberries and vodka for a new, fancier way to enjoy your brew!


  • 2 1/2 bottles of light wheat beer
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 6.5 ounces frozen lemonade
  • 1/3 cup Champagne
  • Ice


  1. Mix the beer, raspberries, lemonade and champagne together in a large pitcher. Add ice and enjoy!

Strawberry pomegranate basil margarita

Strawberry pomegranate basil margarita

Serves about 2

Who said you can't mix your herbs with your drinks? This strawberry margarita is infused with fresh basil leaves and pomegranate tequila -- giving each sip an insanely delicious depth of flavor.


  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • 1-1/2 packets Sweet 'N Low
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup pomegranate-infused tequila
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup of ice


  1. Place the strawberries, ice, tequila, basil leaves and Sweet 'N Low in a blender. Blend on low until smooth. Add the additional basil or tequila to taste. Enjoy!

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.