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At-home happy hour

April 24, 2020

Level up as an #RRChomechef – try out mixology!

With our new reality of working and learning at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are tapping into the RRC spirit of innovation to bring you culinary and hospitality inspiration with our Hospitality at Home video series.

RRC instructor Blair Mineault is making our Friday night a little more fun with three classic cocktail recipes. Learn the art of mixology with Blair’s step-by-step cocktail progression and enjoy your very own at-home happy hour.

Summer Cocktails

by Blair Mineault, Mixology

Starting with the High Ball, then progressing to a Gin Rickey and, finally, a Tom Collins, these cocktail recipes increase in complexity and flavour. Enjoy in moderation!

High Ball
A drink that consists of two ingredients: usually a base spirit and one non-alcoholic mixer. The name comes from the practice of serving drinks in tall glasses!


Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1 oz gin, and then top with non-alcoholic mixer of your choice (for example, Seven Up). Garnish with a slice of lime.

Gin Rickey
A refreshing cocktail made with club soda, lime, and liquor. Originally made with a base of bourbon, the Rickey became popular in the early 1900s when bourbon was replaced with gin.

1 oz Gin
2 oz lime juice
Soda Water
Garnish: Lime slice


Fill glass with ice. Add gin, then lime juice. Top with soda water.

Tom Collins
A mixed cocktail made from a base spirit, sour mix, simple syrup, and soda.

1 oz Gin
2-3 oz Lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
Soda Water
Garnish: Lemon slice


Fill a tall glass with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Top with soda water.

You can find the full video of the method up on our Instagram. Follow along and post your own recipes! Tag us @redrivercollege and use the hashtag #RRChomechef.