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Today history lovers, we are celebrating the first airing of the TV show Happy Days, on 15 January 1974, with a lovely cocktail, called appropriately enough, Happy Days.

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The show Happy Days, centred on Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard, his family, their upstairs tenant, Arthur Fonzarelli ( aka The Fonz) the coolest dude in town and Richie’s uncool friends, Ralph Maplh and Potsie. It ran for ten years, ending in September 1984.

Happy Days Cast

Happy Days was a stalwart of my childhood, it was one of my favorite after school shows and never seemed to be off the telly. Set in the 1950’s, and 60’s it, along with Gilligan’s island quite possibly influenced my love of the clothing of those decades!

The Happy Days Cocktail is a mix of equal parts peach schnapps, vodka, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice.  And it’s delicious!!!  The grapefruit juice makes it – I think grapefruit brings an almost florally citrus scent and taste.  It’s bitterness also helps to tamp down the sweetness of the peach and pineapple to stop the Happy Days from being too cloying. 

It also smells amazing!  Like a summer fruit basket!!!

Happy Days CocktailThis is so good!  I garnished with some pineapple and a maraschino cherry – because how could you not be happy with one of them in your drink!  I also added a little twist of the grapefruit rind just to ramp up the citrussy bitterness a tad.  Happy Days 3

And the verdict:


On another note, this may be the last Happy History Hour for a while.  As part of a new years reset I am giving up the booze for a month, maybe 6 weeks.  I am trying to find some interesting mocktails for the duration but they are proving to be somewhat elusive. If anyone has any sources, please let me know!  Alternatively, if you would like to guest post a Happy History Hour Cocktail, please get in touch!

Happy Days
A refreshing not too sweet cocktail with some lovely fruity flavours
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  1. 1 oz vodka
  2. 1 oz peach schnapps
  3. 1 oz pineapple juice
  4. 1 oz grapefruit juice
  5. Ice
  6. Pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, grapefruit rind twist to garnish (all optional)
  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. Stir the vodka, peach schnapps and juices over ice.
  3. Add some ice cubes to the chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Strain the liquid into the glass.
  5. Garnish with the cherry and pineapple, twist a piece of the grapefruit rind over the glass to release some of the essential oils and serve immediately
Adapted from Alex's Cocktail
Adapted from Alex's Cocktail
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These days are ours, share them with me!

And, have a week full of happy days!

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