This time of year I do love the heavier, spicy, whiskey-based cocktails. But if we all go hardcore comfort food and heavy hitter cocktails, we'll be in a food-and-drink coma before Christmas gets here! For many of us, we've got a long winter ahead, and while it's dark at 5 o'clock, there's no need to hibernate already.
The idea for the 10-Minute Happy Hour was born of lack of time and need of good drink. This week's cocktail fits that description perfectly — and it's seasonally apropos!
A friend of mine recently dined at Tashan, this killer upscale Indian spot in Philadelphia, and she said I must go and order a particular whiskey cocktail. She described it as an Indian Old-Fashioned. So I ventured downtown only to find that the cocktail my friend thought she was describing was something else entirely.
Don't feel like drinking your candy corns or sipping on a snickers bar? Me either, so this Halloween, I gave one of my favorite cocktails a holiday makeover that makes drinking something spooky a little easier to swallow. If you still have a Halloween party or two in your weekend plans, make sure this cocktail is on the menu.
Lately we've been waxing poetic about hot toddies, camping cocktails and slow cooking batches of comfort food. It's not typical that I would break out the slow cooker for happy hour, but cocktails can also be a go-to for comfort — especially when you make a big batch, heat it up and invite some pals over to drink with you.
The point of an aperitif it is to wake up your taste buds, readying them for the meal to come. For me, bubbly aperitifs are always a win. This week's 10-Minute Happy Hour is a mash up of Spanish pours and a ripe Bosc pear, perfect for a refreshing, fall-inspired aperitif.
Some happy hours, like this week's, aren't conducted in a standard bar or kitchen. Here in the northeast, the fall foliage is at its peak. It sounds geeky but truly, the images are of the kind that inspire great artists, poets and philosophers. Seeking an infusion of inspiration and some fresh air, my family packed up our gear — including some suitable fall libations — and hit the trail for a weekend in the wilderness.
Every week I write the 10-Minute Happy Hour to allow each of us permission to make a moment. No overly involved dinner party or stress-filled gatherings touted here. Just 10 minutes and you get to take a beat and toast the week behind or the weekend to come. Following suit, the newly released book Storied Sips, page after page, highlights how a simple cocktail can "strip away the mundane, gild an evening ... and add a little flair." It's a perfect book for you to enjoy with this week's cocktail, and a must-read for drink-lovers.