Elder Donkey

Elder Donkey

For many drinkers, Tequila has earned a bad reputation from memories of bad Margaritas and one too many shots at the bar. Sparkle Donkey Tequila is hoping to make new memories for tequila drinkers that don't result in a massive hangover. The Elder Donkey cocktail shows the lighter side of tequila, mixed with the floral St. Germain, and tart pink grapefruit juice, making for a delightful light summer sipper. 

Elder Donkey

2 parts Sparkle Donkey Reposado

1 part St. Germain

Fill glass grapefruit juice.



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


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.

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. 

Bolster- 1.5 oz Bols Genever, 1 oz Cocchi Americano, .75 oz grapefruit juice, dash Peychaud's bitters @BolsGenever @BolsPDX


1.5 oz. Bols Genever
1 oz. Cocchi Americano
.75 oz. grapefruit juice
dash Peychaud's bitters

Shake all ingredients over ice. Double-strain into chilled cocktail glass.

The cocktail starts with a malted grapefruit nose, rich like marmalade. The drink could benefit with addition of lemon zest, but on subsequent versions, it seemed to overpower the already interesting aromas. The sip is light with a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. There is a pleasant bitterness from the Cocchi Americano and Peychauds that lingers on the palate after the swallow when secondary flavors of juniper, bitter orange, anise, coriander,cinchona, and other botanicals emerge. There is enough sweetness from the ruby grapefruit and the Cocchi that aid in overall balance. Bolster, means to buoy up or hearten, and we hope this cocktail will help you accomplish such in good form.