Happy Hour of the Day: Shokudo in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Happy Hour Menu

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FOOD

$3.00 Value $3.00
Edamame, Cucumber Salad, Agedashi Eggplant, Gyoza, Garlic Clams, Dynamite Fries, Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy Tuna Nachos, California Roll, Honey Toast Jr.
$4.00 Favorite $4.00
Garlic Edamame, Teriyaki Chicken Fries, Teriyaki Chicken Quesadilla, Ramen Salad, Char-Sui Ramen Jr.
$5.00 Party $5.00
Kimchee Fried Rice, Takoyaki Russian Roulette, Sukiyaki Kimchee Pizza

DRINK

Kirin Draft $4.00
Hot Sake $4.00
Li-Hing Sake $4.00
House Red $4.00
House White $4.00
Yogurt Sochu $4.00
Grey Goose $5.00
Crown Royal $5.00
Shots $4.00

Cheers to Candy Month!

Every month has a slew of abstract and unknown holidays.  For instance, every November 3rd is Sandwich Day and November is National Model Railroad Month.  Can anyone honestly claim they celebrate either of those?  June is no exception either.

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June is Candy Month, and today, June 8th, is Best Friends’ Day (holidayinsight.com).  Unlike sandwich day and model railroads, though, candy and best friends go together like two peas in a pod.  It is no surprise that when someone says candy most people think chocolate, and based on annual sales if chocolate had a best friend it would be peanut butter.  Reese’s peanut butter cups are ranked second behind M&M’s milk chocolate (businessweek.com).  So, what’s a better way to celebrate both of these abstract holidays than to make a Peanut Butter Cup Martini?

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Here’s the recipe:

1 oz vanilla vodka

½ oz Kahlua

½ oz white crème de cocoa

1 oz godiva chocolate liquor

¾ oz peanut butter simple syrup

Splash of milk/cream

Chocolate syrup

Reese’s peanut butter cup

To make the peanut butter simple syrup mix equal parts sugar and water over medium high heat.  When they start to dissolve add a glob of peanut butter and melt it down.  Once it is thoroughly mixed and begins to bubble remove from heat and cool.

Take a martini glass and swirl with chocolate syrup.  Depending on the size of your Reese’s either skewer or place on the rim.  Add remaining ingredients to a shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into your prepared martini glass.

By Krystle Turkington

@KrystleBar

www.HappyHourPal.com

Cinco Cocktails

I am running out of fun facts about Cinco de Mayo, but luckily for you not out of new drinks.  Last post I compared Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. to St. Patty’s Day.  Both cultures have iconic beers, Guinness and Corona, and iconic liquors, tequila and whiskey.  Unfortunately, until now only the Irish have had an iconic drop shot though, the  Irish car bomb.  So to get the party started this Cinco de Mayo try a Mexican car bomb!

Mexican Car Bomb

4 – 6 oz Negra Modelo

1/2 oz patron X.O.

1/2 oz tres leches liqueur

Pour the patron and tres leches into a shot glass.  Pour your desired amount of beer into a pint glass.  Now just like an Irish car bomb, drop the shot into your beer and chug!  This will end up tasting just like coffee with cream in to, so please note if you do not like cream with your coffee feel free to swap the tres leches liquor with Kahlua midnight for a stronger coffee taste.

By Krystle Turkington

Five ways to Cinco…Cont.

Since Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday you would think that it is celebrated to the utmost extent throughout the country, but ironically enough the largest celebrations take place in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston. (history.com)  In Mexico, May fifth is just like any other day; federal offices, banks, and school are still in session.  The largest celebrations take place in Puebla where the battle was won.  These festivities predominantly consist of battle reenactments and military parades.

So, how did Cinco de Mayo become such a big holiday in the United States?  Civil rights activists during the 1960s used the holiday not only as a way to highlight their pride for their heritage, but also as an example of the local Mexican population overcoming European influence.

With that said here are two drinks, one for Mexico and one for the U.S.

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La Paloma

2 oz tequila*

1/2 oz lime juice

1 oz grapefruit juice

Grapefruit soda*

Salt

Salt half the rim of a bucket glass.  Shake tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice and ice together and pour into your prepared glass.  Top with soda and garnish with a lime wedge.

Ginger Jalapeño Margarita

1 1/2 oz tequila*

1/2 oz triple sec, cointreau, or combier

1/4 oz elixir g

3 jalapeño slices, about 1/4″ thick

~ 3-4 oz sweet and sour

Salt

Salt half the rim of a margarita or bucket glass.  If you want an extra spicy m margarita start by muddling the tequila with the jalapeños.  Otherwise, just add all the ingredients into your shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into your prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

* when it comes to choosing your ingredients I recommend you use what you like.  Personally, I would use Hornitos silver or reposado and fresca soda.

By Krystle Turkington