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The Esplanade at National Harbor Invites You to Our Very Own Happy Hour!

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After a day at the office, what is your favorite thing to do? Go to Happy Hour, of course!

But on Thursday, October 1st, from 6pm – 8pm, you won’t have to go far to attend the perfect Happy Hour because The Esplanade at National Harbor is hosting one right here for all of our residents.

So, shake off the day and kick up your heels a bit, while meeting your neighbors and enjoying tasty cocktails. You deserve it!

Have you ever wondered where the term, “Happy Hour” originated? It’s happy, sure enough, but it usually lasts longer than an hour, as long as the drinks and conversation continue to flow. How did the Happy Hour become part of our work day wind-down ritual?

In the 1920s, the phrase “happy hour” was used by the Navy for a period of scheduled athletic activity or other entertainment. During Prohibition, people secretly gathered for pre-dinner drinks to enjoy then-illegal cocktails at a home bar or a speakeasy. Eventually, people began referring to these little drinking sessions as “happy hours” and they basically defined any jolly times that were had drinking with friends in the late-afternoon and early-evening hours.

However, if you look hard enough, you can find evidence of Happy Hours as far back as the days of Shakespeare. In Henry IV, Part II, Falstaff says, “Come, I will go drink with you, but I cannot tarry dinner.” It’s probably safe to say that people have been gathering for good times and spirits for centuries!

To get you excited for the upcoming event, here are three of our favorite, easy-to-make cocktail recipes, so you can enjoy Happy Hour anytime:



Serves 1


  • 60ml/2 parts Plymouth Gin
  • 20ml/0.75 parts dry vermouth
  • 1 olive (to garnish)
  • Lemon zest twist, or a pickled and green olive


Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a very chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with either a lemon twist or an olive.

You can try experimenting with your quantities of gin and vermouth: more vermouth makes a ‘wetter’ drink; more gin dries it out.



Serves 1


  • 25ml vodka
  • 25ml Cointreau
  • 100ml Cranberry Juice
  • 1 scoop of Mövenpick Lemon & Lime Sorbet
  • 1 large handful of ice cubes
  • Soda water
  • Slice of lime


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds. Pour into a Martini glass using the strainer, top with soda and garnish with a slice of lime.



Serves 4


  • 3/4cup tequila
  • 1/2cup fresh lime juice (from 4 to 6 limes)
  • 1/2cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • kosher salt (optional)


In a medium pitcher, combine the tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and 1/2 cup water.

If desired, rub the rims of 4 glasses with a lime slice and dip in salt to coat. Serve the margaritas in the prepared glasses over ice and garnish with the lime slices.