I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough to make my own Happy Hours and then write about them. Sometimes it’s nice to take it easy every once in a while. That is when I decided I’m going to go for a Lazy Yet Fancy Happy Hour.

 

Barrel or Cask

 

I am signed up for this subscription box service called Bespoke Post. I had first signed up for it for a Black Friday sale and got an extra $15 off. That item was this barrel where you can age many different types of liquors to your taste’s desires. It is recommended to age it anywhere from 1 to 3 months. Any guesses to what liquor I chose? Yeah, you’re right, it was rum. This rum was three months in the making to get that perfect amount of barrel-aged taste. The one bad thing though is after filling up the barrel to its max I was only given less than half. A lot of the liquor must have been soaked into the barrel.

 

Ingredients for Cocktail

 

I decided to go for a Rum Old Fashioned. Basically all the same ingredients you would use for a regular Old Fashioned but just use Rum instead of Whiskey. Below will be all the ingredients you will need to make this drink.
Rum Old Fashioned
  • 2 parts Dark Rum
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • A splash of water
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Ice sphere
  • Orange Peel

 

Rum Old Fashioned

 

Just combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or large glass. You will stir until the sugar has integrated into the concoction. Pour it into a glass with your sphere of ice and there you have it a Rum Old Fashioned. I’d say this is a very classy drink to have for your Happy Hour Adventure. The sugar helped to cut down on the strength of the pure rum. But honestly, the aged rum I had waited patiently for 3 months was very smooth and could be drunk straight. The Angostura bitters added a nice orange flavor and aroma to the drink.

 

Meat & Cheese & Crackers, Oh My

 

As you can see above you can probably see where the food portion of this Happy Hour is going. But before we get into the final presentation let’s talk about each individual ingredient on its own. Also, shout out to my friend Marilyn for sending me a list of some of her favorite items from Trader Joe’s. That is where today’s Happy Hour Adventure’s food items call home.

 

Peppered Salame

 

First off the protein of the appetizer, Peppered Salame. Salame on its own is so wonderful with those little pockets of fat from the pork. When you get that Salame coated with cracked black peppercorns you just add another layer of flavor. The pepper adds a bit of spice to the meat, which is always a plus for me.

 

Italian Truffle Cheese

 

If there is meat on the plate one can’t forget to have its good friend cheese join in the action. Some Italian Truffle Cheese. The taste is almost like mozzarella, but the texture is firmer than that of its cousin. What really makes this cheese water my mouth is the little flecks of truffle hidden within. You get a nice blast of truffle flavor whenever you get one of those bits of truffle in the mix.

 

Some Enchanted Crackers

 

Last, but certainly not least, the humble cracker. We don’t want to be savages and be just picking up the meat and cheese without a delicious crunch. I found the Some Enchanted Cracker right as I was going up to the registers. This multigrain cracker has a variety of seeds that help add just a bit of nuttiness.

 

Charcuterie Board

 

We have officially done it! I would have to say this was one of the easiest Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventures that I have ever done. No cooking, just a bit of slicing the cheese and there you have it. When one blankets the cracker with the Salame and then sets the cheese on top you bring in all of those flavors mentioned earlier. The one flavor that doesn’t power through when combined is the truffle, surprisingly. You at least still get that wonderful creaminess from the cheese though.
There you have this Lazy Yet Fancy Happy Hour. You can’t beat a wonderful charcuterie board for yourself with a glass of Rum Old Fashioned to wash it down. Plus I had the opportunity to video chat with the whole family on this particular day. It was nice to do a little virtual wine and dine with them.
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We all have our lazy days every once in a while. So what is your go-to easy dish to make when takeout or delivery isn’t an option?
Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.
May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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