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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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: 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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What We're Reading: August 7, 2014

 

From burritos to live crabs, it seems you can get anything from a vending machine these days. [HuffPo

 

Some high-end restaurants are tapping the concert ticket model instead of old-school reservations. [NPR

 

A Cornell professor offers tips for boosting sales of healthy dishes at restaurants. [The Atlantic

 

The prodigal grandson: the descendant of the inventor of Doritos wants to hack snack foods. [... 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.

 

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What We're Reading: July 31, 2014

Ribs

 

Obama eats ribs in Kansas City to prove he is still in touch with the everyday folk. [US News and World Report]

 

Simple pleasures: one woman, a campsite, and a feast of softshell crab. [National Geographic

 

In light of the expired meat scandal, McDonald's Japan releases tofu McNuggets. [Food Beast

 

Fun food factories to visit on your next road trip or vacation. [Food Republic

 

A day in the life of the iconic Planters Nutmobile. [... Read more >

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