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Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry CocktailHealthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail
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Life can b TOUGH. No matter who you are and what your situation is, there’s distinctly good and bad days. While my life is pretty darn amazing, and I feel guilty about complaining, this past week has been challenging.

I want to be super clear, I’m not a perfectionist. Honestly, I’m not. Yes, I’m a little intense and like to be in control of the situation, however I accept failure and appreciate the journey…. well… most of the time.

I’ve been engrossed in an amazing DIY kitchen-counter-artwork-project, one that I’ve been so excited about for MONTHS. A project that I’ve been amply trained and felt completely confident before starting. But of course, it went down hill fast.

I failed… MISERABLY!! Alright, I didn’t really fail as much as things got screwed up and I had to do double the work.

I swear it wasn’t my fault… until it was.

Right as I thought that I was out of the woods, following the first hiccup and I was on the path to success, my camera tripod fell right INTO my still wet countertop. Ruining things – ruining them even worse than before.

Happy Hour couldn’t come fast enough, but I wasn’t prepared…

No worries though! I just took a quick trip to our Shop-N-Save (Walnut Hill) in Uniontown, PA (which conveniently has a Liquor Store is attached to it, making one stop shopping a breeze!)

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We don’t live in an area with fancy gourmet grocery stores with wide assortments of organic options, so often I don’t get to indulge in deliciousness like my Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail .

Up until recently, that is.

Even in our small town, at our local  grocery store, more and more healthy options are becoming available, like Ocean Spray®’s NEW Organic 100% Juices! (in our local store, they are located in the juice aisle with the other OceanSpray products) 

5 Things I LOVE about Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juices:

  • Budget friendly at $1 less than the competition ($3.99 SRP)
  • Made with the crisp, clean taste of organically grown North American cranberries straight from the farm to your family
  • Contains no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors, just goodness in every sip
  • Non-GMO and is USDA Organic certified, carrying the organic seal
  • Family-friendly PET plastic packaging

While I love an adult-beverage and often enjoy a glass of wine or a Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail in the evenings after a long day, I also take great pride in giving indulgences the appropriate respect they deserve.

That means not going cheap, easy or unhealthy.. it means cocktails should be like all other parts of your healthy diet, of the highest quality!

Before you reach for that happy hour cocktail, even at home, make it an event! Get out the good glasses and make up a pretty display. Life won’t happen to you, it’s your responsibility to create moments to remember!

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Before I knew it, I completely forgot about my countertop mess. It wasn’t just the Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail, it was intentionally leaving that moment behind and welcoming happiness.

That gold cocktail shaker, fancy glass, lime wedges and mint springs took me to a happier place!

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Making my Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail  can’t get much easier!

The hardest part is trying to pick which delicious and healthy OceanSpray 100% Organic Juice to use, they all are awesome in my Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail!

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No matter which you pick; Cranberry, Cranberry Blueberry or Cranberry Apple; they all make an awesome Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail!

Call me old fashioned, but I a plain-jane Cranberry juice gal!

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

All of Ocean Spray®’s Organic 100% Juices are fresh from the farm, natural and healthy, so it is good for you and for your family! You can even treat the kiddos to a vodka-free mocktail to help them find calm after a hectic day too!

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry CocktailHealthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail

Now that you’ve picked the right juice for your drink; let’s get back to making our Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail, right??

Start with some ice in your shaker….

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Add Organic Cranberry Juice….

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Do yourself a favor, learn from my mistakes, measure out your vodka! Don’t ruin your Healthy Happy Hour by drinking too much, limit yourself to 1 shot of vodka per drink.

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Add a generous squeeze of lime…

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

then shake, shake, shake out your frustrations!!!!

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Pour your Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail into a pretty glass (with lots of ice!)

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Leaving a little room to top it off with club soda or seltzer water…

Living Low-Carb? No Problem! Opt for less juice and more club soda – problem solved!

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

Don’t forget that wedge of lime and sprig of mint! You only live once! #YOLO

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 

With such a pretty, delicious and HEALTHIER drink, how can anyone be crabby??

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Take a deep breath, relax and sip your Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail!

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Rest assured, I fixed my countertop and I completed the project yesterday … keep an eye out for the big revel next week. Even though I had a few issues to work through, I wouldn’t change a thing. My countertops are now a work of art and I can’t wait to show them to you.

But until then, enjoy a Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail!

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CLICK HERE to save $2.00 on ONE (1) bottle of Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juices

Healthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry CocktailHealthier Happy Hour Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail