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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Throwback Thursday: Jack Daniel's Birthday at the Beard House

 

It’s officially fall. It’s the end of bikini season, it’s time to go apple-picking, and you can’t go two feet without stumbling over a pumpkin-spiced something.

 

In a nod to the season of spiked cider and hot toddies, here's a look back at Hill Country Barbecue’s 2009 Beard House dinner celebrating the birthday of Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, known by some as the founder of the Jack Daniel's distillery. Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes was on hand for a very special dessert: a 60-pound cake in the shape of the birthday boy, complete with a whiskey barrel and a bottle of the eponymous liquor. In perfect fall form, the food was decadent, the cocktails flowed, and the cake’s flavor? Pumpkin, of course.

 

Take a peek at the video below to watch Duff ceremoniously cutting the cake:

 

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What We're Reading: June 23, 2014

Whiskey

 

New state legislation weighs definition of Tennessee Whiskey. [NPR

 

Lovers of profanity mourn the end of Kitchen Nightmares. [Eater

 

POTUS announces a plan to save the honey bees. [CNN

 

IBM's supercomputer Watson teams up with the Institute of Culinary Education to see if computers can cook. [National Geographic

 

Wasted school lunches find a happy ending in Staten Island. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 22, 2014

 

oregano

 

For those with hypertension, oregano might satisfy salt cravings. [Time

 

Two Oregon counties have voted to ban GMO crops. [NPR]

 

A struggling town finds hope in its annual ramp festival. [NPR]

 

We could be on the brink of a whiskey shortage. [BostInno

 

Simple steps to ensure that your summertime picnic doesn't make you sick. [CNN

 

Misleading meat labels: what details are... Read more >

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