For many a month I’ve been thinking about how to bring you some of the delights of  “International Mixed Drinks” as featured in this post.  I’ve also been wanting to do something more interactive, that allows others to join in if they wish.

Because, lets face it.  Sometimes we all need a reason to have a libation (or two).

Inkahluarable1So, without any further ado, welcome to History Happy Hour!

Every couple of weeks, I will find a reason to celebrate a piece of history and we can all drink to it! 

Kicking things off we have the Inkahúarable celebrating Jamaica. 

Reasons to celebrate Jamaica this week? 

  • Last week Marlon James became the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize with his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, based in part on an assassination attempt on Bob Marley.
  • Today, 19 October is National Heroes Day in Jamaica. 

So why not pop some Bob Marley on the ipod, raise a toast to Marlon James and the seven National Heroes of Jamaica and join me in sipping an Inkahlúarable.  And don’t worry about a thing.  Because every little thing’s gonna be alright!

Inkahluarable2NOTE: The book of International Mixed Drinks claims that terminal illness can be temporarily postponed with this drink. 

I think that is highly unlikely so don’t go off your meds if you drink one of these. 

Totally irresponsible claims from the book of IMD aside, this is a damn fine cocktail.  Who knew orange and coffee went together so well!!!  Inkahluarable3

History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable

History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable


  • 10ml Kahlúa
  • 10ml Cointreau
  • 10ml Grand Marnier


  • Pour the Kahlua into the glass.
  • Slowly pour in the Cointreau over the back of a spoon.
  • Repeat with the Grand Marnier.
  • Enjoy!

But wait, there’s more!

You Can Be A Part of History Happy Hour!

  • Do you live in a country? (Yes you do.)
  • Does that country have any celebratory days? / Historically significant days / weird fun facts? (Of course it does)
  • Want to make a cocktail to celebrate the above? (You betcha)

Either make your cocktail, # historyhappyhour and drop me a line in the comments.  Or guest post it on here. 

Or, stumped for a cocktail?  Let me know where you are from and I will do my best to send you an appropriate recipe.  (Not all countries are represented in the International Book of Mixed Drinks).  Again, you can post it on your own blog, or guest post your cocktail on here.

Have a recipe celebrating a particular place / piece of history and can’t be bothered making it?  Send it through.  Just give me plenty of time before your special day so I can buy supplies if needed.

Happy (Responsible) Drinking!

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