Happy Hour: The Franklin Bar's Night Sledding Cocktail

 

Now that we're in the throes of winter, there's nothing more appealing than cozying up to a boozy beverage at home on a blustering Friday night. We've got your drink plans covered: dive into the Night Sledding cocktail from Philadelphia's Franklin Bar, a 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award. General manager Sara Justice channeled the flavors of childhood when creating this herbaceous tippler featuring a cooling... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Tramp Cocktail from Seattle's Canon Bar

 

Made famous the world over by New York City's legendary Waldorf Astoria, the classic pre-Prohibition Charlie Chaplin–inspired cocktail gets an effervescent update at Canon, Seattle’s whiskey and bitters emporium and a 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award. Crafted by proprietor Jamie Boudreau, the Tramp cocktail is an homage to the beloved early 1900s tippler. Tradition calls for equal parts apricot brandy and sloe gin, and the addition of bubbly cava brings complexity and whimsy.... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Optimist Cocktail from the Hawthorne

 

For a delicious cocktail that intrigues the palate (and any booze-loving friends), opt for the Optimist cocktail from Boston's beloved watering hole, the Hawthorne. The staff of the 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award knows a thing or two about the pursuit of the perfect cocktail. Hawthorne bar manager Jared Sadoian crafted this heady mix of liquors featuring sherry as the low-key superstar ingredient, noting that it "brings a ton of flavor and acid to a cocktail without overpowering other ingredients." Combined with the herbaceous, grappa-based Amaro ... Read more >

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Recipe: Drunken Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

 

Nothing complements winter gatherings better than a bowl of rich risotto. This earthy version from chef Joel Huff features a grab bag of wild mushrooms, which make for an especially festive, guest-worthy dish. For the wine, feel free to use any red you have on hand, though we prefer to pour in a Burgundy or Oregon Pinot Noir; the typical "forest floor" character found in these wines is a natural match for the other flavors in the dish. 

 

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Happy Hour: Minch's Lure from Anvil Bar & Refuge

 

As the weekend nears, we often find ourselves lusting after a quick dive into the boozy embrace of a perfectly crafted cocktail. And what better way to accomplish such a feat than with a libation from a 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award? The kind folks at Houston's Anvil Bar and Refuge, the city's first bar to wholly devote itself to classic cocktails, have offered up their recipe for the Minch's Lure, a clean tippler that highlights Scotch in all its glory. "My goal was to showcase Scotch in a way that reminded people of how delicate the spirit can be, explained ... Read more >

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Recipe: Sage Custard with Coffee Caramel and Plum Sauce

 

Often relegated to a supporting role in a roast or soup, earthy sage is front and center in this creamy custard from New Jersey-based pastry chef Andrea Lekberg. A strong coffee-spiked caramel keeps the dessert's richness in check, while a simple sauce made from plum jam adds a crowning touch of sweetness. 

 

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Happy Hour: Butcher and the Rye's Salinger's Sling

 

As we settle into the colder weather, there’s nothing we love more than cozying up with a good book and a delicious cocktail in tow. But how about combining the two into one warming libation? At the Pittsburgh hot spot Butcher and the Rye, the mixologists are pros when it comes to connecting classic literature with whimsical drinks. Take their name: it's an homage to J.D. Salinger’s beloved novel, Catcher in the Rye, which also was the inspiration for many of their signature drinks. This creative Steel City establishment has garnered widespread acclaim for its multi-level bar, including a semifinalist nod for our 2015 JBF Outstanding Bar Program Award. Their ... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Cane & Table's Tiki Cocktail

 

Get ready to unwind for the weekend with Absent Stars, a whimsical, tropical cocktail from New Orleans mixologist Nick Detrich. Detrich breathes new life into the popular 20th century tiki movement at his Crescent City restaurant and bar, Cane & Table, a semifinalist for our 2015 JBF Outstanding Bar Program award. Serving up bites and beverages that hint at the transfer of spices, sugar, and rum between island nations and the rest of the world, Cane & Table honors the influence of Caribbean cuisine and culture in New Orleans. 

 

With his Absent Stars creation, Detrich revamps a classic tiki drink by highlighting the bold white grapefruit notes and tart ... Read more >

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HAPPY HOUR: CLOVER CLUB'S LETTER OF MARQUE

 

We know you’re itching to shut down your computer and unwind for the weekend, ushering in the blissful two-day respite with a Friday evening cocktail. Cling to those final warm evenings before the autumn chill sets in with a tropical tiki libation; one of our all-time favorites is the Letter of Marque cocktail served at Julie Reiner’s Clover Club in Brooklyn. Created by bartender Ryan Lilola, who keeps a stash of coconut cream and tiki gear with him anytime he's behind the bar, this concoction is a clever homage to an unusual tradition. 

 

“A letter of marque was essentially government-sanctioned piracy, a document that let privateers get away with acting like pirates,” he explains. “Considering that tiki was founded on escapism, this drink was a ticket for our guests to escape their daily... Read more >

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Video: James Beard's Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

 

The smell of garlic roasting slowly in the oven is a pretty tough scent to beat, especially when it's married with celery, dry vermouth, and hearty herbs. In James Beard's own recipe for chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, pantry staples come together to create an intensely comforting and deeply flavored one-pot meal. Although the quantity of garlic called for in this Provençal dish may seem large, the sharp garlic flavor softens as it cooks down, and its sweeter, more delicate side shines through. Watch the step-by-step video below, as editorial director Alison Tozzi Liu demonstrates how to prepare this aromatic and delightful dish at home.

 

 

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