happy hour

Signature Drink: Alaskan Lemonade

For a refreshing, nonalcoholic drink option, try this lipsmacking Alaskan Lemonade recipe from the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The drink was served at a recent familiarization trip and had participating planners clamoring for more.

INGREDIENTS
—2 parts lemonade
—1/2 part rose water
—1/2 part hibiscus syrup
—raspberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine first three ingredients and garnish with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Signature Drink: The Bergonian

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer, Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel started life as the Bergonian Hotel on July 16, 1927, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The hotel was named after original owner Stephen Berg and his love of The Oregonian newspaper. In salute to its 90 years of service and with a nod to its past, Mayflower Park created The Bergonian cocktail. Raise a glass to honor an icon in Seattle’s hospitality history.

Signature Drink: Cool Cucumber

From Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington, the Cool Cucumber is the perfect summer drink for a hot afternoon or warm evening. The subtle heat from the ginger simple syrup is quickly cooled by the cucumber and refreshed with a hint of citrus.

INGREDIENTS
— 4 slices of cucumber
— 1 lemon wedge
— 1.25 oz. Yazi ginger-flavored vodka
— 1 oz. ginger-infused simple syrup
— 3 oz. soda water
— 4 sprigs of candied ginger (optional)

Signature Drink: Over the River

Doug Fir Lounge’s bar manager, Joshua Merrion, recommends his Over the River cocktail to keep you warm when the temperatures dip.

INGREDIENTS
—2 parts Woodford Reserve
—1 part Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
—1/4 ounce honey syrup
—4 dashes each Peychaud’s bitters and Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients, stir and strain over a single ice cube.
2. Garnish with a lemon peel and Amarena cherry on a pick.

Rogue Ales & Spirits Brewery Spikes Beer with Spicy Sriracha

The folks at Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits have capitalized on a hot condiment hailed by hipsters and food aficionados alike, introducing the Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, brewed with that curious condiment that some call “rooster sauce,” thanks to the rooster emblazoned on the bottle. Sriracha is actually just a magic mix of hot sauce, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.

Signature Drink - Charity

Named for Three Sisters’ south mountain, this drink by Sunriver Resort makes us feel downright charitable.

INGREDIENTS
—2 cucumber slices
—1 grapefruit slice
—1 sugar cube
—1.5 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—2 oz. soda water

DIRECTIONS
1. Muddle the cucumber slices, grapefruit slice, sugar cube and a splash of soda in a pint glass.
2. Fill with ice.
3. Add the gin and grapefruit juice.
4. Shake well and pour into a collins glass.

Cheers to the Philly Beer Festival

Sure, Boston likes to claim its independent roots, but nothing screams American independence quite like Philadelphia. And while we are on the subject of all things American, few things seem more red-blooded, good old US of A than a cold beer. That’s why Visit Philly is serving up one of the best festivals this summer - the "Summer of the Beer Garden." This 12-week festival features pop-up happy hours on Fridays in six distinct settings.

A Caviar-Centric Happy Hour

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? And these early evening respites don’t get any happier than the one offered by Petrossian West Hollywood. During last week’s media happy hour mixer, the indulgent bites included caviar burger sliders, smoked trout tacos wrapped in jicama and topped with tequila-infused trout roe, potato tarts with crème fraiche and a dollop of white sturgeon caviar and caviar deviled eggs.

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