Author Archives: Fredo Ceraso


December 20, 2013

Happy Hour: Mezcal Winter Cocktails

by Fredo Ceraso

Once you are through slurping down mugs of Tom & Jerry bowls and hot buttered rum then please consider a few winter cocktails with a smoky twist, mezcal.

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October 11, 2013

Happy Hour: The Affinity, Your New Fall Cocktail

by Fredo Ceraso



Affinity: a liking for or an attraction to something.

I discovered this long-lost cocktail one cold October day, thanks to my friend and barman Maxwell Britten during his tenure manning Freeman’s backroom bar in New York City.

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August 30, 2013

Happy Hour: The Saigon Correspondent

by Fredo Ceraso

Fact: A gin and tonic is the quintessential summer cocktail. My grandmother Margaret knew this and would serve the iconic drink from a gallon handle of Gordon’s gin topping it off with a lime and Schweppes tonic water.

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August 9, 2013

Happy Hour: The Cobbler and the Flirt

by Fredo Ceraso

The Cobbler is the elder statesman of summer cocktails. At its core, the Cobbler is a sour-style cocktail (spirit, citrus, sugar), which has spawned a host of delicious descendants.

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May 31, 2013

Happy Hour: La Louisiane

by Fredo Ceraso

Once upon a time in the Crescent City, there was a culinary institution and hotel named the La Louisiane Hotel and Restaurant down Iberville Street in the French Quarter.

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March 15, 2013

Happy Hour: The Improved Japanese Cocktail

by Fredo Ceraso

In honor of Umami Mart’s sixth anniversary/ lease-signing and the Japan Week celebration in NYC, this month we spotlight the Japanese Cocktail for Happy Hour.

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February 8, 2013

Happy Hour: Fraise Sauvage for Valentine’s Day

by Fredo Ceraso

“Champagne for our real friends and real pains for our sham friends.”
- A toast from Harry’s Bar in Paris circa 1920

This Valentine’s Day, make sure your pre or post-romantic dinner drink is the classic champagne cocktail.

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January 11, 2013

Happy Hour: The Midnight Stinger

by Fredo Ceraso

Minty, refreshing, and undeniably potent, the Stinger cocktail is part reviver, part ultimate nightcap. The cocktail originates around the fin de siecle, but was not memorialized until Tom Bullock’s Ideal Bartender (1917).

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September 18, 2012

Happy Hour: Pig + Punch Gets Its Due

by Fredo Ceraso

This past July, the culinary and spirits festival Tales of the Cocktail (a.k.a. Tales) celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

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June 6, 2012

Happy Hour: Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2012 Recap

by Fredo Ceraso

“Now, alcohol makes a big man small and can lead to life of crime.
Drinking rum makes you skin-and-bone, and you cash in before your time.

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