Back at AM Northwest for Valentine's Day Cocktails

KATU AM Northwest had me back on the show again to mix up some 'love potions". You can watch the full video here. We made a cocktail from Sam Ross of Little Branch in New York, a refreshing sparkling grapefruit-ginger cocktail and a timeless classic cocktail, the Sazerac. What are you drinking this Valentine's Day?

Paper Planes Cocktail Recipe

Paper Planes

3/4 oz. Eagle Rare Bourbon

3/4 oz. Aperol

3/4 oz. Amaro Nonino

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Share for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Mi Amor Cocktail Recipe

Mi Amor

1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Top with Prosecco or Sparkling Wine

Add all ingredients to champagne flute. Garnish with grapefruit zest.

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe


1.5 oz. Koval Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey

2 dashes Amargo Chuncho Bitters (or substitute Angostura Bitters)

2 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters

St. George Absinthe Verte

Lemon Zest

Add ice to old fashioned glass to chill glass while building cocktail. In a cocktail mixing glass, add whiskey and bitters and stir with ice for 30-45 seconds. Discard ice from first glass, and pour a small dash of absinthe into the glass. Tilt the glass and slowly swirl to coat the inside of the glass with absinthe. Add sugar cube and a few drops of water to dampen the cube. Crush the sugar cube. Strain and add whiskey and bitters from the second glass into the absinthe rinsed glass. 

Remember the Maine

Remember the Maine:

2 oz. Rye Whiskey (High West Double Rye)
.75 oz sweet vermouth (Vya)
2 barspoons Cheery Heering 
.5 barspoon absinthe (Amerique 1912)
orange zest

This is a cocktail that everyone should try at least once in their life. It's a bit like a dolled up Manhattan, with absinthe filling in as the bitters and the cherry heering adding a touch of sweetness for a perfect balance and additional depth. Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte is one of two absinthes offered by Great Lakes Distillery and is an excellent, highly aromatic chioce. We will have cocktails featuring their other abinsthe (as well as a Kirschwasser) in future posts. The High West Double Rye whiskey is proving to be one of our favorite rye's, makes exceptional Manhattan's, and it performs equally well in this drink. We first read about the cocktail on Oh Gosh, but it's invention is attributed to Charles H. Baker and it's history can be read in further detail at the Oh Gosh web page here.

Waiting for You

Waiting for You:

2 oz vodka (Peabody Jones)
.75 oz Madarine Napoleon 
.5 oz lime juice
less than dash Absinthe (1912 Absinthe Verte Great Lakes Distillery) 
Dash cardamom bitters (Bob's) 
Dash orange and mandarine bitters (Bob's)

Shake all ingredients except absinthe over ice. Double strain into chilled absinthe rinsed glass)

While new vodka's generally don't get my heart pattering, I have to say I was very excited for the opportunity to work with our Northern neighbors and relative newcomer on the spirit scence, the Woodinville Whiskey Company from Woodinville, Washington and their vodka offering, Peabody Jones Vodka. Woodinville joins the camp of those who believe it's alright for vodkas to have flavor (we like this camp), and with a toasted almond and vanilla nose, creamy flavorful taste, with mild spicy clean finish, it is simply delicious. It is moderately sweet, so you may need to adjust the liqueur level for this cocktail to preference if another brand of vodka is used. The absinthe is mostly used for aroma sake, and results in a great licorice and warm spice bouquet. This was also the first time we had the opportunity to work with Bob's Bitters, which helped add complexity to the cocktail and worked to brighten and heighten the mandarin flavor in the Mandarine Napoleon orange liqueur. 

The Lantern- 1.25 oz vodka, 1 oz @DomainedeCanton, .75 oz satsuma and .5 oz lime juice, dash @Bittercube Jamaican #1, absinthe rinse

The Lantern:

1.25 oz vodka (Organic Nation)
1 oz. ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton)
.75 oz Satsuma juice
.5 oz lime juice
Absinthe rinse (Pernod)
Dash Jamaican #1 Bittercube bitters

Shake over ice. Pour into chilled cocktail glass after first rinsing chilled glass with absinthe.

We haven't created many vodka cocktails on the blog, but intend to change that going forth. Part of this inspiration came from the recent attendance and the high quality cocktails of the Belvedere Unfiltered release at Teardrop Lounge covered in depth at, and part came from the shift taking place within the vodka realm where flavor (not artificially added) is now a desired attribute (Belvedere included) after years of clean, though most often flavorless premium vodka brands. We aim to highlight more of these craft vodkas in upcoming posts.

Organic Nation is a family run small craft distillery located in Ashland Oregon that is a great example of a company creating a delicate, yet flavorful vodka, and take things one step further by ensuring that every ingredient that goes into the spirit is certified organic by the Oregon Tilth, an organization with some of the strictest standards for organic certification. The vodka is a blend of rye (65%), wheat , and corn (% not listed), and evokes notes of cocoa, hay, and grain. It is great on its own, as well as a joy to mix with.

The cocktail is a fantastic amalgamation of flavors. Satsumas are a fun citrus fruit to work with, though sweet, and therefore trade high amounts of citric acid for sugars. The lime is included to make up for the lacking acid, and creates a nice blend of citrus flavors. Ginger plays very nicely with citrus of all kinds, and we have found it makes a particurly good partner with Satsumas. The bitters add a bounty of spice notes, with the flavor profile for Bittercube Jamaican #1 listed as Jamaican spice overtones, ginger, and black pepper. The bitters help transcend the cocktail from good to great, a difficult chasm to cross. The absinthe rinse also adds it own herbal richness on the nose, and lingers faintly on the swallow.