7.03.2014

This Month in Shots: June 2014

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Ain't no day like Wine Down Wednesday at Pure Barre Naperville!

Well, Sunday Brunch at Milwaukee Ale House isn't far behind.

Got a case of the Mondays, JG suggests a Manhattan in a mason jar!

Check out the wine pour in Minnesota?!!

JB's highlight of the month? Outkast at Summerfest! Here they are, "So Fresh & So Clean" with a backdrop fit for the dairyland.

Enjoying Kim Crawford wine, JG's bracelet reminds her: "Dreams don't work unless you do."

Along those same lines, Tipsy Basil Lemonade doesn't make itself!

JB's back at Summerfest for a Riverwest Stein and White Arrows!

And a little more wining down - this time at City Winery in Chicago.

For more shots of our Happy Hour life, follow us on Instagram at @TheHappyHourTour!

Cheers!
Jennie & Jessica

6.04.2014

This month in Shots: May edition

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A good house party treat? 2 day vodka soaked gummy bears!

If you drink wine and do Pure Barre, you too can be fit! So says, Dr. JG.

Bull & Bear Happy Hour guacamole, topped with strawberries

DIY s'mores bar at the Cinq Chicago Summer Kick Off Party

A peak inside Lucky Joe's in Milwaukee

Good friends treat you to homemade apple moonshine!

Chicago folks: Get your 1st Uber free using promo code HAPPYHOURTOUR!


Thursday Thirsty nights = Half-off wine bottles at Fat Pour Chicago

Saturday night wine flight at Wine & Cheese by TCC

For more shots of our Happy Hour life, follow us on Instagram at @TheHappyHourTour!

Cheers!

Jennie & Jessica








5.16.2014

The Happy Hour Tour + Uber Chicago


Hello Chicago! I’ve teamed up with Uber Chicago to bring a great deal for first time riders. Now that the warm weather is finally upon us with BBQs, Happy Hours, and all types of events are popping up all over the place, waiting in the humidity for a taxi is not cute. Save time by booking a luxury ride with Uber!
  • Download the free Uber app for iPhone or Android
  • Register your new account. You will have to link a credit or debit card or PayPal account to complete registration.
  • Upload a photo of yourself so that your driver can identify you.
  • Let the Uber app find your location via GPS; select “Set Pickup Location”
  • Choose your desired car type using the slider at the bottom of the screen
  • On the next screen, tap “Request” and Uber will find you the nearest available driver. You’ll even receive a photo of your driver along with the make, model, & license plate of the car! No stranger danger here.
  • While you wait for your car, you can also check the map to see the car in route.
My favorite feature is that the app allows you to select car type by how far it and you may also get a fare quote before completing the booking.

Remember when booking your ride, use the code “HAPPYHOURTOUR” to get your first free ride in a luxury car, up to $20. 

If you’re using the service in Chicago proper, use the promo code to treat yourself to a sleek black car. If you’re a suburbanite like me, you can also book a basic car and with the credit, your ride may be half-off just like a happy hour drink! 

Get your Uber deal while it’s hot! The “HAPPYHOURTOUR” Promo code expires June 30th.

Cheers!

-JG



Thanks to Uber Chicago for collaborating with The Happy Hour Tour. My first ride was complimentary. All opinions are my own.

5.14.2014

Bull & Bear

Days: Daily drink specials / Mon.-Fri. food specials
Times: 3-7pm for food specials
Drink Deals: $5 beers to $35 sangria bucket! (see calendar)
Food Deals: Half-off appetizers

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Drink Up: For a busy bar, the service was amazing! Thank you, Frannie!!

Spill the Wine: The half-off wine specials are for bottles only, not for wine by the glass.

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Last night at Bull & Bear, Windy City Bloggers hosted a Happy Hour event along with Chicago Food Bloggers. 

Bull & Bear is a classy sports bar that I’ve been told can be a hot spot for the finance crowd. I definitely saw my share of suits, but I also saw plenty of casually dressed folks there to watch last night’s Chicago Blackhawks game. Towards the end of Happy Hour, people were gathering for the weekly Tuesday trivia nights.  If you’re big into trivia, you’ll definitely want to follow Bull & Bar on any one of their social media links for updates on monthly themed trivia nights, such as “Sex & the City” trivia night.


Each day, Bull & Bear features different drink specials all night long. On my Tuesday night visit, the specials included half-off bottles of wine and $15 buckets of Sam Adams. While I love a wine deal, I would have loved more if there was a deal on wine by the glass. I chose to try one of their popular “Liquid Assets” cocktails ($11 each), the No. 4. It’s a cucumber infused Belvedere cocktail with muddled watermelon, lemon, & lime. The first half of the drink was and incredibly refreshing spring time drink needed for a cloudy day. However, the latter half of the drink fell a bit flat so I went back to my tried and true wine, Sauvignon Blanc at $9 a glass. 




On weeknights, appetizers are half-off from 3-7pm, such as pretzels and truffle fries. We received complimentary guacamole and grilled chicken & veggie quesadillas bites.  The guacamole was especially tasty with a few chopped strawberries on top. The strawberry addition was something I had seen or never tasted before, but it was a welcomed experienced. On my way out the door, I commented that I wish I had tupperware to bring some home with me. It’s seriously not to be missed.


Like any great blogger Happy Hour, it was always great to connect with people and talk about our love of food & drink and the agony of getting a great photo of both. It was great to finally meet twitter buddy and fellow wine enthusiast Windy City Epicurean, whose drink of choice was a Riesling. It was also great to chat with the ladies of What R U Wearing, Arin of Heart of Chic, and the always fabulous hostess with the mostest Kit of The Kittchen.

Since I went to Happy Hour straight from work, I used Uber service to transport me to and from my office. I also chose to use Uber to avoid that madness of me finding my way around Chicago’s River North. I was pleasantly surprised that my Happy Hour pick up arrived in under 5 minutes… and complimented on my outfit! Since I was arriving back to my office after hours, I really appreciated the offer to wait until I was secure inside, a courtesy that usually only comes from family & close friends.


If you’re new to Uber and want to check it out, use promo code HAPPYHOURTOUR to get your first ride free, up to $20. 

Thanks to Uber Chicago for collaborating with The Happy Hour Tour. My ride was complimentary. All opinions are my own.

-JG
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Bull & Bear
Neighborhood: River North

431 N. Wells 
Chicago, IL 60654
312.527.5973


5.05.2014

How to Make... Margarita Cupcakes

 

You know we love booze and you know we love cupcakes so it's only logical that we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Margarita Cupcakes! Inspired by Betty Crocker's deliciously appealing recipe, I added a lemon-lime cream cheese frosting and wa-lah, a star recipe is born!

So, put on your apron - get your cookin' cocktail ready and follow along:

Ingredients:


CRUST
1.5 cups coarsely crushed pretzels
.5 cup sugar
.5 cup butter (melted)

CAKE
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
.75 cup bottled non-alcoholic margarita mix
.5 cup water
.33 cup vegetable oil
1 TBSP grated lime peel
3 egg whites

FROSTING
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
.5 cup butter, softened
1 TBSP grated lemon peel
1 TBSP lime juice
5 cups confectioners' sugar

Makes 30 single cupcakes.

Directions

1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare cupcake liners by greasing the bottom with a touch of Crisco (or coconut oil if you're fancy).

2) In medium bowl, mix crust ingredients. Sprinkle evenly in bottom of cupcake liners; press gently.


3) In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spoon evenly over crust in cupcake liners.


4) Bake in oven for 16-20 minutes or until light golden brown and top springs back when touched lightly in the center. Cool completely.


5) To make frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy, and stir in the lemon peel and lime juice. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl throughouly after each addition. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes.


As you can tell, these little treasures don't actually contain any liquor, so they're safe to share with the kiddos  (as long as you don't mind a mile-high sugar-high), coworkers, or anyone else that you really want to wish a "Happy Cinco de Mayo," but without the actual tequila :).

From our kitchen to yours, happy Cinco de Mayo!!

-- JB

4.30.2014

This Month in Shots: April edition

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Pre-Happy Hour Tour drinks with Cupcake's Red Velvet

JB's Happy Birthday Happy Hour Tour selfie

Prosecco cocktail at Black Sheep

Birthday Brunch at Bavaria

#MondayMotivation

Thorny Rose Sauvignon Blanc for office Happy Hour

Riverwest Stein at Milwaukee Brewer's game

Strawberry Margarita at La Cuchara

JG stocked up on wine for Scandal finale


For more shots of our Happy Hour life, follow us on Instagram at @TheHappyHourTour!

Cheers!

Jennie & Jessica


4.16.2014

Drinking Game: Scandal season 3 finale

Tomorrow, Thursday April 17th at 10/9c, everyone’s Facebook and twitter feeds will be lit up with all things Scandal. A few weeks back, I wrote that Scandal’s season three finale is sure to be explosive. I was right on the money as Mama Pope literally activated a bomb at the end of last week’s episode, so now we know she’s been up to all season!

To celebrate the season’s end, we’ve resurrected our popular Scandal Drinking Game!

So pop that wine cork, grab a seat on the couch, and take a drink when:


Olivia drinks a glass of wine



Olivia & Fitz get it on



Olivia & Jake get it on



Mellie and Andrew get it on
Last week’s episode ended with Andrew being in the location where the bomb is set to go off. However, I’m not ready to let go of Jon Tenney and the heat that he’s brought to the season so I believe that he will escape before things go boom.



Huck and Quinn get it on
No idea why this is happening, but no one is a fan.



Mellie gets drunk
Last week, the beautiful Bellamy Young was on a roll with the drink; her terrific boozy one-liners even started a #DrunkMellie trend on twitter. 



President Fitz learns of Mellie’s Big Jerry Big Secret



Papa Pope gives a read 
This season, he’s read everyone cover to cover and everyone is loving it! Joe Morton most certainly will receive a guest star nomination for all the of awards this year… Hate to say it, but all other male guest actors, and maybe female too, should just have a seat. #sorrynotsorry


We learn that Olivia and Harrison are siblings! 
The Brolivia theory has been thrown around since season 2, even though the only random clue is that we know very little of Harrison’s background. However, Harrison asking Papa Pope if it was ok to call him Papa Pope last week was either foreshadowing or the writers just having fun with us die hard Gladiators.



Lastly, take a drink if you’ve screamed at the TV. 
Scandal is known for messing with folks’ emotions, but your wine is here for you. Take a sip and relax.

As always, drink responsibly and have fun!! Tweet your favorite #Scandal moments and what’s in your glass to @HappyHourTour!

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