Cocktail Hour

The pre-dinner cocktail hour is essentially a relaxed hour just before you start serving the first course. When pre-dinner drinks are served, dinner should be planned for at least an hour later, this gives you plenty of time to finish up anything last minuet before serving. 

I served these refreshing raspberry and mint spritzers at the last dinner party.

Raspberry & Mint Cocktail 


(Serves 2 people)

  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries few more to garnish
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice 
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups lemonade 
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice


  1. In a mixer add add raspberries, squeeze of lime juice, and mint leaves. Using a wooden muddler muddle the mixture to release its juices
  2. Add crushed ice and then pour chilled sparkling lemonade
  3. Pour into glasses, add some fresh whole raspberries and mint to garnish

There’s always time for a cocktail