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

Hilary Deutsch

Hilary Deutsch

January 08, 2016


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 Tommy Ho, the drink's creator. "Unlike bourbon, which is overbearingly bold and expressive, many unpeated Scotches are subtle with flavors ranging from delicate fruits to floral elements." This robust cocktail allows the single-malt Scotch to shine through, while pear brandy and almond extract soften and round out the flavors—the perfect escape from the woes of the work week.

Get the recipe for Minch's Lure.


Hilary Deutsch is editorial assistant at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram.