Scrappy's Bitters

Martinez Cocktail- Recipe Below

Martinez Cocktail- Recipe Below

Scrappy's Bitters first hit the bitters scene in 2008 when it wasn't the crowded market it's become today, and they have only grown more successful since that time. Part of their success can be attributed to their commitment to organic ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors. Scrappy's "craft" bitters are perfect representations of the ingredients they contain along with a balance of carefully selected herbs and spices. We mixed up a few of their recommendations, one classic cocktail and two original cocktails from influential West Coast bartenders. 

Dr. Girlfriend Cocktail

Dr. Girlfriend Cocktail

Dr. Girlfriend

(recipe from Phil Thompson, of Tavern Law

1.25 oz Gin

.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

.5 oz Aperol

.75 oz Grapefruit Juice

.5 oz Lemon Juice

Float Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15-30 seconds. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

(recipe from Allison Weber) 

1.5 oz Weste Bourne Navy Strength Gin

1 oz Cocchi Americano

.75 oz Amaro Nonino

1/8 oz Fernet

2 dashes of Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. 

 

Martinez

1 oz Old Tom Gin

2 oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes Scrappy's Orange Bitters

1/8 oz Maraschino

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist. 

Cocktails at Justice Snows in Aspen, Colorado

Joshua Peter-Smith, lead bartender at Justice Snows in Aspen, CO knows how to mix a cocktail. With flavors that are oft-inspired by local ingredients in their simplest form, to culinary creations designed specifically for the creative cocktails that grace the lengthy menu, they serve to invite not intimidate new and seasoned drinkers alike. Check out the recipes below for a sampling of the his latest works and classic cocktail favorites.

The Scottish Traveler Cocktail

The Scottish Traveler

1.5 oz Caorunn Scottish Gin

.5 oz Meletti Anisette

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz Juniper Simple Syrup

2 inches of Muddled Celery

1/8th of muddle Apple

Shake with vigor, double fine strain over rocks in a single old fashion glass, with a fennel salt rim.  Garnish with apple slices, and celery tops. 

Clover Club Cocktail

 Clover Club

2 oz of No.3 Dry Gin

1 oz Lemon Juice

6 muddled Raspberries

.75oz Simple Syrup

1oz Egg White

Shake with vigor, double fine strain into coupe glass.  Garnish and zest with lemon peel.  

By Any Other Name Cocktail

By Any Other Name

1.25 oz Junipero Gin

.75 oz G.E. Massenez Poire Williams Brandy

.75 oz Rose Petal Infused Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur

.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

.75 oz Egg white

Shake with vigor, double fine strain into cocktail glass, garnish with a rose petal.  

Bijou Cocktail

 Bijou

1.5 oz Tanquerey Ten Gin

.75 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth

.75 oz Green Chartreuse

2 dashes of Bitter Truth Orange Bitter

Combine all in mixing glass, stir gently with ice 40 times. Strain into small coupe, garnish with cherry.

Worldly Possessions

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This cocktail is a riff on a Manhattan, where Cardamaro rides shotgun with Cocchi Torino Vermouth. The Jameson Irish Whiskey is a good base of mild sweet spice and the Cardamaro adds a earthy depth to the equally herbaceous Cocchi Torino. Cardamaro is an Italian liqueur that is flavored with cardoons, a relative of the artichoke. We recently ate braised cardoons at Navarre, one of our favorite Portland brunch locations and you could really see where the slightly bitter flavor comes from in the Cardamaro. The liqueur is sweet enough to drink on it's own, and is delicious on the rocks with an orange twist as a nightcap. 

1.5 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey

.75 oz. Cocchi Torino Vermouth

.75 oz Cardamaro

2 Dash Amargo Chuncho Bitters

1 Dash Bob's Bitters Vanilla

Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 45-60 seconds. Strain into old-fashioned glass over large ice-cube.

3 Cocktail Recipes for Variations of the Manhattan

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KATU was nice enough to invite me back to their morning show to mix up a few more cocktails. This time around we are starting with the classic Manhattan, and then mixing two simple and delicious variations, a White Manhattan and a Black Manhattan. The beauty of the Manhattan is both it's simplicity and it's versitility. The base ingredients of the Manhattan are whiskey (traditionally rye), sweet vermouth, and bitters (typically Angostura). 

Classic Manhattan

2 ounces whisky (Maker's Mark 46

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth (Dolin)

2 dashes of Bitters (Angostura)

Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry or orange zest (optional).

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The White Manhattan is a fun variation swapping the aged whiskey out for moonshine (unaged whiskey) and Dolin's white, but sweet version of their vermouth, Dolin Blanc. 

White Manhattan

2 oz. White Whiskey (Corsair Artisan)

1 oz. Dolin Blanc

2 Dashes of Bitters (Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters)

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry or orange zest (optional).

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The Black Manhattan swaps out the sweet vermouth for a sweet herbal liqueur called Averna, which has a vanilla-like sweetness and warming finish that pairs perfectly with whiskey. 

Black Manhattan

2 oz. Whiskey (Maker's 46)

1 oz. Averna

2 Dashes of Bitters (Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters)

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry or orange zest (optional).

What is your idea of the perfect Manahattan?

Check out my video from this morning's show!