The Manor at York Town happy hour cocktail recipes
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Residents of The Manor at York Town look forward to sipping, socializing and laughing with friends as they celebrate happy hour over delightful libations. This Fourth of July, the community is adding a little spirit to your holiday as they share a few special cocktail and mocktail recipes you can try at home.

Courtney, director of sales and marketing at The Manor, says residents have been enjoying happy hour for years. Typically every Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 4 o’clock, residents get together in the community’s Great Room, a place where socialization and fun are abundant.

The Manor at York Town happy hour cocktail recipes

At happy hour, residents really look forward to socializing with friends. It’s a time of togetherness and camaraderie. There’s lots of laughter and casual conversation, and it’s a time when many new friendships are made.

Courtney, director of sales and marketing at The Manor at York Town

Mainly enjoying a variety of wines and beers, residents are welcome to bring their own refreshments and can even store beverages in a personal, secure beverage locker. “Our beverage lockers are conveniently located in our Club Room. This gives residents easy access to their personal bottles during happy hour if they want them, rather than going back to their apartments,” Courtney explains.

Residents at The Manor also enjoy a selection of sodas and water during happy hour. “Not all of our residents drink alcohol, so there are always other refreshments available.” Courtney shares in residents’ excitement for happy hour each week and often volunteers to serve beverages. “It’s a great time for relationship building. We all get to relax and talk and just be ourselves.”

Happy hour is an opportunity for residents to share stories, to have conversations and joke about sports and current events. You’re enjoying an array of people with different things to say and it’s wonderful. It’s also a golden opportunity to meet new residents and get to know people.

Ed Shea, resident at The Manor at York Town

“It’s especially great that The Manor picks up the tab for drinks and snacks,” Manor resident, Ed laughs. “At happy hour, everyone is always happy.” Through COVID-19, staff at The Manor have continued happy hour in new and creative ways to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff.

“We have our happy hour bar cart that delivers happy hour to residents’ apartment doors. They can enjoy a nice glass of wine or beverage and experience that social engagement in a safe way,” Courtney affirms. Certainly the happiest of hours at The Manor, the community looks forward to continuing their weekly celebrations in safe and creative ways.

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Celebrate with The Manor! Fourth of July Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes You Can Try at Home

Sparkling Rosé Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces pink prosecco
  • 2 ounces seltzer
  • 1 ounce bitter orange liqueur such as Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 grapefruit twist
  • 1 sprig fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Fill a white wine glass halfway with ice. Add the prosecco, seltzer, orange liqueur, and grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and a sprig of mint.

Summer Watermelon Sangria (and Mocktail)

Ingredients (Serves 6):

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 750-mL bottle Moscato wine
  • 1 cup rum
  • zest of two limes
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • lime wedges for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine watermelon, Moscato, rum, lime juice and zest, and sugar and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Garnish glasses with lime slices and serve.
  3. For a non-alcoholic version, replace wine and rum with equal parts lemon-lime seltzer or lemon-lime soda.

Red, White, and Blueberry Lemonade Margarita (and Mocktail)

Ingredients (Serves 4):

For the simple syrup

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • zest from 1/2 lime

For the margarita

  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 8 oz. tequila
  • 4 oz. triple sec
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add blueberries and lime zest and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until blueberries have burst, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes, then strain mixture into a clean jar. Let cool completely.
  3. On a small plate, stir together sugar and salt. Rim each glass with a lemon wedge, then dip in sugar-salt mixture. 
  4. Divide tequila, triple sec, and lemonade between 4 glasses. Fill each glass with ice, then top with blueberry syrup. 
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge to serve.
  6. To make this non-alcoholic, eliminate tequila and triple sec and enjoy!

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