The opening night reception pitted finalists Arsenic Lace (Natalie Jacob) and Apartment Bartender (Elliott Clark) against one another in a cocktail competition. Pictured here is Clark's Chicago Fall cocktail. Matt Taylor-Gross
After working through a tough week, we’re ready for a cocktail. And because the SAVEUR test kitchen also happens to have a pretty extensive supply of alcohol, we can bring happy hour right to our desks (just kidding—when happy hour starts, everything else ends). It’s a time to experiment with some new flavors or give some classic favorites an exciting twist. There’s the gin campari sour, which is topped off with egg white, and the equally eggy Buffalo Fizz. And of course, we also like to return to certain favorites, like SAVEUR Blog Awards winner Natalie Jacob’s original cocktail Smoke in the Orchard, which is fruity and smokey and great to drink year-round. Use these 10 cocktails as inspiration for your next Friday cocktail hour.