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Black Velvet

We’re sticking to light cocktails this month, to help you all keep your NYE resolution, and this week’s drink is for the beer lovers. The Black Velvet cocktail is a mysterious looking mix of two very different ingredients that will certainly have you on your back if you drink too many. We dug into a bit of the history and of course provided you with the recipe for the right way to make it. Cheers!

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What is Amaro?

We’ve talked French liqueurs up a great deal, but what about its ultimate competitor? Italy has some of the best spirits and liqueurs out there. So today, we’re choosing the boot this time and focusing on a wide range of bitters Italians have perfected. Grab a shaker and a rocks glass because we are talking about Amaro today! Cheers to learning!

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White Wine Spritzer

Our first Drink of the Week for 2019 is in honor of those of you who are giving it your all to stick to your NYE resolution of feeling good and looking even better. A White Wine Spritzer is the perfect drink to keep the calories, sugars, and alcohol content at bay. Plus, it’s super easy to make. Cheers!

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What is Aguardiente?

Unless you’ve been backpacking through South America you may have never heard of Aguardiente. Lucky for you, we’re liquor nerds (plus, Mariana is Colombian) so we studied up on the sugarcane liquor that rules Colombia and a few other countries. Who knew they were brewing more than coffee down there?! Cheers to learning!

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Sunny Lam

Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? December’s honor belongs to Sunny Lam, we met him early on the scene at Hock + Hoof during our Happy Hour review. What he did with Soju based cocktails blew us away. Now, he’s serving up all kinds of creative concoctions at the newly opened Here and Now in the Arts District in DTLA. Get to know Sunny one on one like we did and learn all about what he considers to be the most important part of running a business, how he made his way to DTLA from NorCal.

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Imperial Western Beer Company

Happy Hour Score: 4/5

Overall Score: 4.4/5

The Harvey House was a historic point in Union Station’s history, so it is admirable how much the team of Imperial Western Beer has cared for the overall function of the place and how well decorated it is. They’ve been on the cover of LA Weekly and on the mouth of every major publisher in the state for a reason. They’re here for quality beer, good times, and to bring people back to Union Station with their Happy Hour. Check out what we ordered and a backstage look of their brewery when we visited. Cheers!

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What is Armagnac?

Looking for the perfect after meal sipper? Not quite a digestif but something you can still enjoy with your dessert or beside your coffee? Something classy, because let’s face it, it’s almost 2019 and maybe you’re looking for alternatives to your normal routine. Well, come learn all about the oldest spirit from France, Armagnac. Cheers to learning!

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Eggnog

It’s that time of year most of us have been waiting for when it becomes perfectly okay to drink that thick nutmeg spiced loose egg custard beverage. While there is a way to make Eggnog from scratch, we’re offering a “get-drunk-much-quicker” recipe for this week’s Drink of the Week. Plus, background on when the heck we decided to make this a holiday staple, some variations you might enjoy, and more, cheers!

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The Aviary - NYC

New York City could easily be considered one of the most diverse, multicultural, thriving, metropolitan cities in the world. There’s too much going on but this last Thanksgiving, the Happy Hour City team decided to take a trip and visit one of the most creative cocktail menus the world has ever seen.

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Abroad, New YorkMariana Ramos
Mulled Cider

It’s finally getting chilly in California and with the holidays right around the corner, we figured we’d give you a recipe that is sure to help you get through it all whilst keeping it remotely healthy. Mulled Cider has been a staple of wintertime activities thanks to the scents the ingredients create, but you have to do it right. We’re teaching you exactly what to do, how to properly spike it, and a video of our attempt (which turned out pretty great.) Cheers!

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