What drinks are best for happy hour?

By: Drink Grab

How you spent your day and how you plan to spend your evening can have a big impact on what drinks you are likely to order at happy hour. For many people, happy hour is just a break before the evening grind - answering emails, making notes, and finishing everything that couldn't fit within sane, normal work hours. For others, it's a time to unwind before going home to fix dinner, clean the house, and manage family activities and such. Whatever your reason for visiting a happy hour, here are a few good drink recommendations. I'm going to group them and then list several drink examples below if applicable.

If you're new to happy hour, use this list as a guide to figure out what you might like to try.



  1. Peach Schnapps & Orange Juice (most popular)
  2. Fuzzy Naval
  3. Sex on the Beach / Sex on the Driveway (blue color, no cranberry juice)
  4. Blue Dolphin Martini / Bikini Martini
  5. Absolut on the Beach
  6. Fuzzy Blue Gobbler


  1. Mint Mojito
  2. Champaign Cosmopolitan
  3. Moscow Mule
  4. Passion Fruit Caipirinha
  5. Mai Tai
  6. Classic Gimlet
  7. Classic Margarita


  1. Bahama Mama
  2. Blue Hawaii
  3. Pina Colada


  1. Mimosa
  2. Mimoza
  3. West Indian Cooler
  4. Date At Eight
  5. Absolut Crush



  1. Angry Orchard (Cider Beer)
  2. Strongbow (Cider Beer)

Pale Ale / IPA:

  1. Blue Moon (IPA and Seasonal Varieties)
  2. Sam Adams
  3. Craft Beer (seasonal ale with orange peel, honey, apricot, etc.)
  4. Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita
  5. Pabst Blue Ribbon
  6. Corona Extra
  7. Bud Light (the best selling beer in the world)

By far this is not a comprehensive live, but it's a good starter if you're new to going to happy hours and/or interested in trying new drinks. Some people drink the same thing all the time, and that's great. Others need variety. Try some of these ideas at the next happy hour you go to!