Happy Hour: Chambord Margarita

 

If you're still clinging to the last days of summer, give this cocktail a spin. The bright raspberry punch of Chambord will take your mind off the changing leaves, and the tequila base will warm you from the inside out. Leave those sweaters in storage for now, and get the recipe here.

 

 

Maggie Borden is assistant editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Happy Hour: Total Nonstop Action Cocktail

Total Nonstop Action Cocktail

 

Okay, so its name doesn't exactly conjure the long-weekend vibe you're probably going for, but we're still digging this cocktail from Hella Bitter co-founder Tobin Ludwig (who, thanks to Kickstarter funding, is getting ready to release a DIY bitters kit for aspiring concocters of these botanical-based ingredients). The tequila-anchored drink features a smoked saline solution (easily made by combining smoked salt and hot water), so it's going to play nicely at your Labor Day cookout.

 

Get the recipe, and happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!

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Happy Hour: French Pearl Cocktail

Pegu Club's French Pearl Cocktail

 

At our recent Cocktails Through the Ages event, we savored this refreshing, elegant libation created by mixologist Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club, one of New York City's most renowned cocktail institutions. The French Pearl is a tribute to the Beaux-Arts Neoclassical architectural movement of the late 1800s in France, an era in which sipping pastis was quite fashionable. The “pearl” refers to the visual opacity of the drink—an effect referred to as “louching,” which naturally occurs when any anise-flavored liqueur or spirit meets water. Get the recipe here. 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on ... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Bar Agricole's Turf Cocktail

Bar Agricole's Turf Cocktail

 

We tapped the team from San Francisco's JBF Outstanding Bar Program award–nominated Bar Agricole for one of their innovative cocktail recipes, and they offered up this sultry riff on the classic martini. According to our research, there are several iterations of the Turf Cocktail, the oldest dating back more than 100 years. This gin-based variation turns up the volume with subtle notes of absinthe, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. Elegant, refreshing, and a cinch to prepare, it's the perfect libation to start your weekend... now. Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and ... Read more >

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Wine Wisdom: Five Rosés to Drink Before Summer Ends

Wine Wisdom: Five Rosés to Drink This Summer

 

Our love for the modern cocktails at the JBF Award–winning Bar at the NoMad is tried and true. But we also think that patrons would be remiss to overlook the restaurant’s globe-spanning wine list, tightly curated by sommelier Tom Pastuszak. Here, he shares some recommendations for what we all want to be drinking this summer: rosé, rosé, and more rosé.

 

 

Ravines Pinot Rosé 2013, $15

"This delicate, aromatic, and super-fresh Pinot Noir–based rosé comes from New York’s up-and-coming, cool-climate Finger Lakes region. Beautiful strawberry and cherry aromatics lead to a citrusy-fresh character on the palate."

 

Chateau Musar Jeune Rosé 2012, $15

"Made from the Cinsault grape, this unique and exotic rosé hails from Lebanon’s high-altitude and... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Vermouth Cassis Cocktail

Vermouth Cassis cocktail, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

"An ideal summer drink" according to James Beard, this fetching cocktail is anchored in French vermouth and club soda, with a whisper of crème de cassis to balance the bitter fortified wine. The next time you're in the mood for an Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, club soda), take the Vermouth Cassis for a spin.

 

Get the recipe.

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Happy Hour: James Beard French Seventy-Fives

 James Beard's French Seventy-Fives

 

In homage to tomorrow's Chefs & Champagne, we present to you James Beard's take on the French 75, the classic mashup of gin and bubbly. While some recipes skimp on the spirit, Beard's version features a two-to-one ratio of gin to Champagne. God bless him.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Happy Hour: Mango–Mezcal Paloma

paloma cocktail

 

While the ubiquitous Margarita may masquerade as the most popular Mexican cocktail, seasoned beverage aficionados know that the Paloma (Spanish for "dove") is one of the most beloved libations south of the border—and it's swiftly gaining traction. A refreshing combination of sweet and tart, the Paloma traditionally combines tequila, grapefruit, lime, and salt with an effervescent kick. This vibrant spin from New York City's La Palapa calls for both tequila and its smoky sister spirit, mezcal (derived from the Nahuatl translaton for "oven-cooked agave"). Mango purée and chopped cilantro lend a decidedly tropical flair. We'll drink to that. 

 

Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and ... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Fuoristrada Grillo

Photo by Rina Oh

 

At a recent Beard House dinner, we noticed some unusual packaging for the wine served with chef Mark Ladner’s timballo di gattopardo. The pairing, a 2012 Fuoristrada Grillo, wasn't poured from a bottle, but from a slim, rectangular carton that was not unlike a cafeteria juice box. We reached out to Momofuku beverage director Jordan Salcito, who coordinated the evening's pairings, to learn more.
 
Salcito explained that she was on the lookout for Grillo, a Sicilian grape whose “naturally rich texture and earthy, mineral profile” would complement the timballo’s braised poultry, green peas, and summer truffle. She landed on the Fuoristrada Grillo by Monte Bernadi, a winery known for biodynamically farmed Tuscan bottlings.

 

The wine also had a surprising feature: it was packaged in... Read more >

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Wine Wisdom: Add These Regions Less Traveled to Your Bucket List

 

Fresh off the Barn at Blackberry Farm’s win of the 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program, Andy Chabot, the restaurant’s food and beverage director, tells us about his favorite less-traveled wine regions. 

 

Paso Robles, California
I imagine that Paso Robles is what Napa was like in the ’70s: farm country, plenty of incredible wines, and friendly winemakers who open their doors to visitors. A nice bonus is that local restaurants sell many of the area’s hard-to-find wines.

 

Chablis, France 
A quick trip from Paris, this is a fantastic region for white-wine lovers. It’s not overly touristy, and there are some very fun restaurants and hotels with great wines. All seven of the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis sit together in a bowl like an amphitheater. 

 

Tokaj, Hungary
The traditional Aszu Tokaji wines from this region in northeastern 
Hungary are among the world’s finest dessert wines, but... Read more >

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