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. 

Yuzu Pisco Sour

2 oz. pisco (Inca Gold)
2 oz Yuzu Luxe Sour (Perfect Puree)
1 egg white
dash Peychaud's bitters

Add all ingredients except bitters over ice. Shake. Double Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with bitters. 

In celebration of National Pisco Day we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to work with one of the Perfect Puree products we had thawing in the fridge. We are fervert DIY'ers and the very idea of premixed ingredients is against our natural inclinations. However, we are also adventurous, and had heard nothing but good of the plain fruit purees from Perfect Puree, and were excited for the opportunity to work with their Beverage Artistry series. The first of these was Yuzu Luxe Sour, a fragrant mix, perfumed with kaffir lime and lemon grass, and a bright flavored mix of sweet and sour in the citrus combination of meyer lemon, key lime, and tangerine. There was plenty of sweetness in the blend (if you like your pisco sours on the dryer side, use 1 oz mix and add splash of citrus juice) This was a great way to celebrate the holiday and we look forward more cocktails from the Beverage Artistry series. What did you drink for Pisco Sour Day? What is your favorite Pisco?

Recipe attributed to Adam Seger of Hum Spirits LLC from Perfect Puree webpage.

Pear Revolucion- @TeqRevolucion

1.5 oz reposado tequila (Revolucion)
.5 oz anejo tequila (Revolucion)
.75 oz Xante pear brandy liqueur
.5 oz lemon juice
3 slices brown sugar glazed oven roasted pear

Gently muddle pear with tequila. Shake all ingredients over ice. Be sure to fine strain, and will need to stir to keep strainer from getting clogged.

As National Margarita day approaches we thought we better get working on some new tequila cocktails to prepare for the challenge. We "worked' through tasting Tequila Revolucion's Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo. We tasted alongside a few other price comparable tequilas and time and time again, Revolucion proved to be favored by our tasters. Preferences within the portfolio were all over the board with the majority favoring the Blanco, though I found satisfaction in the Reposado and most notably the Anejo, which can certainly be reserved for sipping neat, as it is rich in agave but tamed by the oak with hints of vanilla and caramel. Roaster pear pairs particulary well with aged tequilas, and the carmalized brown sugar helps to further pull out smoky sweet notes of the agave pinas. The Xante pear liqueur works to bump up the sweetness for balance, and with a cognac base, is strong enough to stand with the rich tequila. The half ounce lemon juice is to cut through the richness and may need to be increased by a dash or two if the cocktail is too heavy. 


Paint the Town Red-1 oz. vodka, 3 oz blood orange juice, .5 oz Campari, egg white, dash Peychaud's

Paint the Town Red:

1 oz. Vodka (Shaker's Rye Vodka)
3 oz. orange juice (blood orange)
1/2 oz. Campari
1 egg white
Dash Peychaud's bitters

Dry shake all ingredients. Add ice and shake all ingredients. Double-strain into chille cocktail glass. Garnish with bitters.

This cocktail is a slight variant of Gary Regan's, On-the-Town cocktail, swapping traditional orange juice for blood orange juice. The cocktail nose is citrus and faintly anise , the sip smooth and light, yet rich with a bitter grapefruit, coriander-seed finish that's slightly spicy on account of the rye in the vodka. Shaker's Rye Vodka is a flavorful vodka with a great finish. The nose is classic vodka alcohol with a finish of cocoa, toasted almonds, and grains. Both Shaker's products are great choices for those who like their vodkas to taste like something. We found Shaker's Rye to be good for mixing, but we would probably not use in a vodka martini cocktail (Shaker's other offering of a Wheat Vodka is a different matter and will be covered in future posts). The cocktail is only sweetened by the natural sugars present in the blood orange juice and the bittersweetness of the Campari. It is a good cocktail for citrus lovers, who like their drinks drier than sweet.