Happy Hump Day! Instead of meeting your friends at your favorite neighborhood bar, mix it up and invite everyone to your place for a homemade happy hour. Sweep off your patio (or tidy up your living room), throw some fresh flowers in a vase, and lay out the fixings for the two super easy recipes: Seasonal Crostini and Berry Gin Sparklers.

The Glitter Life Crostini
seasonal crostini: choose your cheese, then go crazy with in-season toppings. image: The Glitter Guide.

Seasonal Crostini by The Glitter Guide

What You Need:

  •  French baguette, sliced & lightly toasted
  • Your choice of cheese (options include goat, whipped feta, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and brie)
  • Your choice of toppings (options include roasted tomatoes, marinated olives, artichoke hearts, fresh berries and sliced prosciutto)
  • Your choice of herbs (options include rosemary, basil and thyme)
  • Honey
  • Olive oil

What You Do:

  • Arrange cooled toasts on a platter.
  • Layer on your choice of cheese and then top with your preferred accoutrements.
  • Drizzle on honey or olive oil. Finish with fresh herbs.

Try these combinations:
– Goat cheese with blackberries, honey + rosemary (shown in images above).
– Roasted tomatoes with ricotta cheese, thyme + olive oil.
– Roasted tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto + basil.
– Whipped feta with herb-marinated tomatoes + olive oil.
– Goat cheese with sliced pear, honey + thyme.

You’ve got your app. Now, for the cocktail.

The Glitter Life Berry Sparkler
berry gin sparklers: a super-cute excuse to dust off your cocktail shaker. image: the glitter guide.

Berry Gin Sparkler by The Glitter Guide

What You Need:

What You Do:

  • In a shaker combine ice, 1 ounce of gin, 1 ounce of Cassis and shake.
  • Pour into champagne coupe and top with Prosecco.
  • Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves.

Lay out the drink ingredients and let your guests make these themselves. Ditto for the crostini. Easy, and impressive!