Throw your own Summertime Happy Hour with these Three Essentials!

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We’re always discussing new ways to get the most out of your summer; festivals, day trips, and easy cookouts parties, to name a few. Today, though, we’re shining light on DIY happy hours. Not just any humdrum, grabbing a drink after work happy hour. This one transforms the ordinary routine into a fun mood changer and it takes almost no effort!


Here are three simple essentials for throwing your own summertime happy hour.

Call up some friends, old and new.

Any reason is a good one to get together for laughs with friends. Invite a small group to a rooftop, your backyard, or to one of the many free events at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion* in Millennium Park. Wherever you go, make sure you’re outside.

Grab some edibles.

A simple spread of cheese and charcuterie will do fine. For the super hungry, whip up some quick tacos or sopes.

Make it a Rita Hour with Bud Light Lime Ritas

Don’t forget a refreshing cocktail that’s made for summertime parties. I love the Bud Light Lime Ritas because they’re easy and delicious crowd pleasers! Infuse a few cans with fresh fruit for a yummy punch or simply serve them straight. My favorites are the Lime-A-Rita, Mang-O-Rita , and Straw-Ber-Rita.

Inspired to host your own summertime happy hour? Let us know how it goes!

* The Great Lawn in front of the Jay Prtizker Pavilion has the following official alcohol policy: “For most public performances in Millennium Park, alcohol is allowed in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn. As long as guests are orderly and respectful of the Park and other guests, they may remain for an hour after the concert ends… Open alcohol is NOT permitted to be consumed unless within the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during a free, public concert, film, festival or program.” For more info: City of Chicago.

Summertime Happy HourThe Bud Light Lime Ritas are so delicious that wherever they go a party spontaneously happens.