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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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: 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: 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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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. 

 

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