Happy Hour: The BACARDÍ Old Cuban

Old Cuban cocktail from BACARDÍ

 

Our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, has been making stops all across the country this fall for fantastic, food-filled weekends. One of our favorite sips at these events has been the world-renowned Old Cuban. Invented by famed bartender Audrey Saunders during her tenure at New York City's Bemelmans Bar, the drink was specifically crafted with BACARDÍ 8 Años rum as its base, and is now recognized as a modern classic. If you can't make it to one of our final JBF Taste America stops this weekend, don't despair: we've got the Old Cuban recipe right here.

 

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Happy Hour: The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder

The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder cocktail

 

The Violet Hour, an elegant Chicago watering hole and 2014 Outstanding Bar Program nominee, beckons discerning clientele with many luxuries: a romantic, serene space with floor-to-ceiling curtains, high-backed blue leather chairs, flickering candles and chandeliers; fine-tuned volume levels and elbow room; and an eclectic selection of artisanal cocktails made with painstaking precision. One shining example of partner/mixologist Toby Maloney's craft is the Hush and Wonder, a rum-based libation featuring a subtle Crème de Violette rinse. With an elegant, floral undertone and bright notes from fresh lime juice and grapefruit bitters, this drink is the perfect start to your weekend. 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: Cucumber Margarita

 

Forget kale juice or spirulina smoothies: our favorite way to drink our veggies is with this ultra-smooth and refreshing cucumber margarita from JBF Award winner Rick Bayless (the delightful cocktail is also one of the featured recipes in our brand new JBF Vegetables app). The tequila–cucumber base is blended and strained to achieve the perfect mix of health and hair of the dog. Sip this during your happy hour, and you might just end up with a bit of a virtuous buzz.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Happy Hour: James Beard's Standard Manhattan

Manhattan cocktail

 

Don Draper’s brooding gaze and chiseled features aren’t the only appeal of AMC’s Mad Men—for serious cocktail enthusiasts, the hit television series also provided a weekly fix of timeless libations. One such example is the Manhattan, which is rumored to have originated at New York City's Manhattan Club is 1874, and is made from a strapping blend of Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Classic, elegant, and strong, this cocktail is the liquid form of Don Draper himself. To start your weekend with unequivocal grace, get the recipe James Beard favored and start sipping. 

 

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

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Happy Hour: Persian Collins

Persian Collins

 

Summer Fridays may be over, but you can still take yourself on a virtual vacation with this Middle Eastern version of a classic Tom Collins. Packed with a citrus punch and the sweet-and-sour combination of Persian Senkanjabin syrup, this cocktail by Parallel 38’s owner/sommelier Justin Ross was the hit of the restaurant’s Beard House dinner. One sip and you’ll be miles away from desk lunches and to-do lists. 

 

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: 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. 

 

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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.

 

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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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