In the Kitchen with Raising the Bar

Is it time to celebrate yet? As more people become vaccinated, states reopen, and summer celebrations like weddings and graduations slowly return, we’re looking forward to safely celebrating with others once again––and treating them to something tasty at the next potluck or cocktail party, too.

Join us all summer to discover recipes and more, created by the makers behind Cratejoy’s top foodie faves, so that you can recreate these delicious drinks and treats in your own kitchen!

Today’s recipe? A delightful mocktail, “The Happier Hour,” from Abbie Romanul, the founder of Raising the Bar. (Not into mocktails? Abbie’s got some recommendations for liquor alternatives.)

Check out the recipe, and learn more about Raising the Bar, below!


Behind the Box: Raising the Bar

The idea for Raising the Bar came about a few years ago, when Abbie decided to take a break from drinking. “I was frustrated with the lack of fun and interesting alcohol-free options,” she explains. Few options existed for alcohol-free drinks as an adult, and even fewer that weren’t loaded with sugar. “I was familiar with alcohol-based cocktail kits,” Abbie says, “but I wanted to bring something for people like me––who loved the idea of mixing up something special but without the booze!”

In a year like the last one, finding small––and healthy––ways to celebrate when we can is crucial. Raising the Bar, which brings the joy of making a cocktail with a more inclusive twist, couldn’t come at a better time.

Plus, as Abbie points out, “It's also the perfect way to enjoy virtual celebrations with friends!” After all, what would a Zoom wedding be without a toast?

The Happier Hour


  • 2.5 oz Ritual Zero-Proof Gin Alternative (or use Hendricks for a cocktail)

  • 1.5 oz For Bitter For Worse Eva’s Spritz

  • 3 oz Teapigs Happy Tea

  • Dried marigold petals to garnish


  1. Brew and chill tea ahead of time. We recommend brewing for 10 minutes for a more robust flavor.

  2. In a tall glass over ice, combine all ingredients and stir.

  3. Garnish with dried marigold petals sprinkled on top.

  4. Pop in a straw, take a nice cold sip, and enjoy your Happier Hour!