Happy Hour

Cocktail creations, shaken, stirred and remixed by Paystyle.

Paystyle was born in Tehran and grew up in Los Angeles (aka Tehrangeles) before moving to Brooklyn with his wife and co-pilot Vanessa Bahmani who provides the stunning photography of Pay’s cocktail concoctions. His Happy Hour column posts every Wednesday.

July 6, 2016

Happy Hour: Umeboshi Splash!

by Kayoko

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My best friend Sara wrote a book and it just came out! It’s called Never Ever and it is a young adult fiction novel recreating the story of Peter Pan.

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April 25, 2016

Happy Hour: Umamichelada!

by Kayoko

Ah, Mexico. We went to Cabo San Lucas over New Year’s and had a magical time.

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December 21, 2015

Happy Hour: Tokyo 75

by Kayoko

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Photos by Mariko Yamasaki

Happy holidays everyone! What a year! I hope you are all able to relax during these last days of 2015 and reflect on joyful memories.

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August 17, 2015

Happy Hour: Don’t Call This a Saketini

by Kayoko

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I deplore the word “Saketini.” The whole idea that you can name a cocktail by adding “tini” to the end of it is just plain juvenile and not creative at all.

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July 2, 2015

Happy Hour: Kumquat Liqueur

by Kayoko

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My partner Johnny’s mom has an ultra green thumb. Whenever I see her, she showers me with ripe fruits and vegetables from her bountiful garden.

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April 30, 2015

Happy Hour: Gin(jo) Rickey

by Kayoko

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With the opening of our bottle shop, I have been exploring the world of sake. Daiginjos, Junmais, Yamahais, Namas, I’m trying them all.

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November 20, 2014

Happy Hour: Yuzu Liqueur

by Kayoko

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The Food Republic recently declared yuzu as America’s next big THING. Well, duhhhh! Umami Mart readers, writers and shoppers have been privy to this whimsical citrus for a long while now so we’re not lifting any eyebrows at these sort of dramatic announcements.

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September 29, 2014

Happy Hour: Tokyo Mule

by Kayoko

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Heyyyy, Happy Hour is BACK! I spent all weekend trying to come up with a clever column name for this post, which would also be used for future articles about cocktails that I make at home (Bar Umami Mart?

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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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