5 O’Clock Somewhere

My favorite bottles, some new brands to check out and a few cocktail ideas for you to get your tequila on!

Discover new ways to enjoy a super polarizing beverage. Cheers! 🍹

Mark your calendar and get ready — July 24th is National Tequila Day!

I’d love to know how you feel about this potent agave-based spirit — I get a polarizing response when I ask people about it. Perhaps for you, tequila brings up fond memories of margaritas enjoyed during a sunny vacation. For me, for too many years, the very thought of tequila brought unpleasant memories to mind. Blame it on too many collegiate nights of pungent tequila shots rimmed with salt, conversations about “the worm” and whether or not to eat it if one were to be discovered, all…


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Why spend the cash on something you can make at home?

You probably already have all the ingredients for your next great drink. Photo: Getty Images

This past year taught me so much about myself and even taught me new techniques in at-home cocktail and beverage making. Intentional quarantine gave me an ingenuity I never tapped into before. Instead of running out to the supermarket or liquor store for a key ingredient, I had to see what I had in my kitchen first. When I ran out of something, I may not have been able to replenish my supply right away, and that led me to start making my own products of all kinds.

One of the easiest things to make yourself — that you truly…


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Wine holidays? Yes, and more please! 🍷

There’s always time for wine 🍷 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

We live in a time when every day has a special assignment for celebration. Aside from public holidays, now our calendars and social media feeds are so often assigned to a specific food or drink. I wasn’t aware of most of these until my adult years and now I want to celebrate them all, yet I always manage to log onto social media and THEN find out it’s Pizza Day or National Taco Day or (insert fun culinary or beverage day here).

Just as in the food world, every booze has its day. Especially wine. I recently realized that most…


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We’ve got some super easy drinks you can make in a pitcher or punch bowl for your 4th of July weekend festivities.

Cheers to a three-day weekend! (Photo credit: Getty Images)

This weekend is the 4th of July, and there will be no shortage of gatherings planned. This is peak summertime, peak cookout season. Whether it’s in the backyard or the neighborhood park or on the beach, charcoal and propane grills will be lit, there may well be a potato salad debate afoot, and it’s definitely hot enough to make everyone thirsty. So, what are we drinking?

If I’m at any kind of outdoor gathering, my husband is more than likely drinking beer and I imagine myself holding a classic red cup — or one of the new aluminum party cups


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Here’s to getting back to happy at happy hours again!

Summertime is the season that’s warming to the spirit and meant to be enjoyed languorously. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

It’s summertime, and we’ve just been through a whole pandemic (that isn’t over yet). We’re collectively coming out of a year that will be forever remembered in history books, one where so many of us were denied the joy, pleasure, leisure, and companionship we need and deserve. A year has passed. Now I’m fully vaccinated and ready to set down this heavy bag of emotions. I’m ready to have the best summer ever, on my own terms, with new boundaries for self-care and self-protection fully in place. I’m ready to celebrate and be creative and get back to all those…


From mint to rooibos to matcha, take the time to pour into yourself

Pouring tea into a tea cup from a tea kettle.
Pouring tea into a tea cup from a tea kettle.
Photo: Erik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images

I grew up on an island that remained a British colony until 1962, so of course tea was part of the ingrained routine of life. To break the fast in the morning? Tea. To calm your spirit after school or the workday? Tea. During the day as needed for a pick-me-up? You guessed it, tea! My mother is a born and raised tea fanatic, and she passed that energy along to me. There is no time of day that she won’t advise me to drink an “NCOT” as she calls it — a nice cup of tea.

“I don’t need…


This weekly practice of care comes with valuable lessons

Elderly Black woman smiling while on a video call at home.
Elderly Black woman smiling while on a video call at home.
Photo: FG Trade/Getty Images

The voice on the other end of the phone is creaky, and the words are slow. But the warmth and gratitude are such a comfort, despite the distance between us. This year, I decided to make intentional, regular time to catch up with older relatives and family friends. I call it Call Your Elders Day, and it has become such a balm to my spirit. If you’ve got loved ones you’re far away from, I highly recommend it for both you and for them.

The longer the pandemic goes on, the more homesick I feel. I was born and raised…


No more New Year’s resolutions. I’m giving myself grace in 2021.

Black woman singing freely into a microphone.
Black woman singing freely into a microphone.
Photo: Hello World/Getty Images

When I look back on the last 12 months filled with devastation and pain, Lucille Clifton’s 1993 poem “won’t you celebrate with me” comes to mind.

…here on this bridge between

starshine and clay,

my one hand holding tight

my other hand; come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.

Last month, as I waited for 2021 to arrive, I saw myself on that bridge, holding my own hand. Hugging myself. I am filled with gratitude, wonder, and other more complex emotions at just having made it through an unbelievable year of loss…


Bobby pins, green rollers, and Hot Wheels — what do YOU keep in your purple velvet bag?

Illustration: Olivia Fields

Many alcohol brands are collectable and covetable, but can you name one better known and beloved for its accessories than Crown Royal? When I asked my parents about Crown, they didn’t know the brand’s name. But when I said “the purple bag” there was instant recognition.

“Oh yeah! We have some on the bar right now,” was my dad’s response. Knowing him as I do, that bag has already been earmarked for another purpose. I learned from the best. Recycling and upcycling is what we do. It’s in the blood. That bag will most likely wind up in his tool…


Remember the back porch, garage, or basement freezer? Yeah, us too.

Illustration: Chelsea Charles

Before March 13 of this year, I was relatively comfortable in my home. I thought we had everything we needed. City life was the life for me. I was all about taking public transportation to get around. My family and I loved all the pleasures of downtown — restaurants, bars, live music, random festivals, Chicago’s general beauty and awesomeness. I miss those carefree days.

Time under quarantine has revealed some essential truths about my life and my choices, what I enjoyed versus what I needed. And what I need right now is additional fridge and freezer space. I literally dream…

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