For the 2006 Best of Seattle awards, you raved about McCormick & Schmick's happy hour.

I'm curious to know what you'll think about the restaurant

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For the 2006 Best of Seattle awards, you raved about McCormick & Schmick's happy hour.

I'm curious to know what you'll think about the restaurant chain's new, jazzy drink menu. Its launch this year gives a nod to the 200th anniversary of the cocktail (or at least the definition of the word). The menu, featuring 37 newfangled and old-fashioned cocktails, is organized by time period—for example, the Virginia Mint Julip ($9.50) falls under the "1806-1920" heading. There's a little history lesson with each libation, so you can learn, say, that the Singapore Sling was invented in 1915 at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. I can't knock the drinks since I haven't tried ’em, but when a mainstream restaurant throws around terms like "mixology" and "lightly bruised fresh mint" and starts charging big bucks for a Sidecar, you know that the current cocktail craze is at its peak. Drink up, people.

 
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