What We're Reading: December 17, 2014

 

Turn your slow cooker into a party punch bowl with these hot cocktails. [Epicurious]

 

From bánh mì to saison, a look at how food words enter American dictionaries. [Boston Globe]

 

If you like to load up on the hot sauce, does it make you more of a man? According to a new study, yes it does. [TIME]

 

The perfect holiday dessert combo: candy cane cookies. [The Kitchn]

 

When food takes the stage, there's no saying who's real and who's acting. [... Read more >

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Celebrate Repeal Day with a Beard House Cocktail Party!

 

Prohibition’s greatest lesson may be that you can’t keep Americans from their cocktails. These days cocktails are more popular than ever, from extensive spirit programs popping up in restaurants and bars across the country, to the rise of the bartender as cult figure, to our own addition of the Bar Program category to the James Beard Awards two years ago.

 

In honor of this era of libation infatuation and to commemorate Repeal Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of Prohibition, on December 5​, we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with a cocktail party! Join us at the Beard House this Friday night to sample treats and tipples from some of the best and brightest bartenders and chefs working in New York City. This impressive lineup of mixologists, including JBF Award–winning PDT’s Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell, will curate an extensive drinks menu that... Read more >

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Happy Hour: PDT's Paddington

Paddington cocktail

 

Start your weekend early with this whimsical riff on the Hemingway Daiquiri made with a spoonful of orange marmalade, the fictional Paddington Bear’s treat of choice. Created by David Slape of New York City's famed PDT, which took home our inaugural Outstanding Bar Program award in 2012, the drink balances the punch of its absinthe and rum base with delicate, floral notes of Lillet Blanc and a bright twist from fresh lemon and grapefruit juices. Get the recipe here.

 

 

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

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Happy Hour: Native Dancer

Native Dancer cocktail from Pouring Ribbons

 

Feeling weary from the workweek? Brighten your Friday evening with a little tiki-inspired magic from the mixology masters at New York City's acclaimed Pouring Ribbons. The aptly named Native Dancer riffs on the ubiquitous daiquiri while adding welcome notes of citrus, cinnamon, and kaffir lime. According to owner/bartender Joaquín Simó, “Don the Beachcomber (the inventor of Tiki) famously stated that what one rum can't do, three rums can. I decided to one-up him and stretch that to four rums.” We recommend making large batches of the cinnamon bark syrup and Don's mix, so you can keep the building blocks for this vibrant cocktail on hand and drift off to your imaginary island paradise as frequently as you like. Get the recipe.

 

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

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Happy Hour: Le Père-Bis Hot Toddy

Jim Meehan's hot toddy

 

It's Halloween, the cool weather has set in, and there's a pumpkin-spiced something everywhere you turn. It's official: winter's coming. And for cocktail enthusiasts, that can only mean one thing: to warm our chilled hands and protect our weary immune systems, it's time to bust out the hot toddy. For this elegant version made with Scotch whisky and chamomile tea, acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan of the JBF Award–winning PDT uses St-Germain to add delicate, floral undertones to this wintertime sipper. Get the recipe here for a decidedly cozy start to your weekend. 

 

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

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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.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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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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What We're Reading: October 8, 2014

 

Put a Canadian spin on your Bloody Mary with Calgary’s “Caesar” cocktail. [MUNCHIES

 

Meet Vivino, an app for the aspiring oenophile. [The Kitchn

 

The best part of the Great American Beer Festival might be the crazy names of the entrants. [FWF

 

Can you make cookies out of cookie dough ice cream? [Thrillist

 

Eater explores the... Read more >

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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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