…from the Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? It’s that wonderful day of the week—Friday. And it’s Happy Hour at the Perspectives’ Bar. Have you ever wondered where Happy Hours originated? Although the exact origin of the happy hour is unknown, it may be traced back to the United States Navy back in the early 20th century—1913 to be exact. It was then that a weekly entertainment and semi-weekly smokers program called “Happy Hours” was created aboard the USS Arkansas to help relieve the boredom of being at sea. There were a variety of activities during this time, including boxing and wrestling matches, music and dancing—but not alcohol-based libation.
These programs grew more and more popular and by the end of World War I, “Happy Hours” were being held throughout the entire Navy. Over the next several years, the term became more about drinking than entertaining, according to a 1959 Saturday Evening Post article about bringing Happy Hours landside and detailed the lives and loves of government contractors and military personnel in the Caribbean.
Al Capone starting cashing on Happy Hours in the illegal gin mills of Chicago. For those law-breakers who wanted to imbibe rot-gut hooch in secrecy, a kind of a 20th century pre-dinner tradition became popular. Friends would meet at speakeasies or even in someone's home before going out for supper, thus creating the cocktail hour. Eventually, civilians adopted "Happy Hour" as a euphemism for that secret and festive, lawbreaking behavior.
Happy Hours became synonyms for a term used in my restaurants for discounted afternoon drinks in our bars—1 buck well drinks, $1.25 call drinks, $1.50 premium drinks and 99¢ draft beers were served every weekday from 4pm to 6pm. We also served free appetizers along with some modest entertainment.
Our fancier mixed drinks included cocktails like this Caribbean Pain Killer. Create your own Happy Hour for friends and family with this great tasting, pain-killing beverage.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
1/2 ounce gold tequila
1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce light rum
1 ounce canned pineapple juice
1/2 ounce orange juice
2 tablespoons cream of coconut, “Coco Lopez”
ChefSecret: You do not need to use top drawer liquors when making this cocktail. Well-quality liquor is certainly in order.
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