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.

Enjoy!

 

3 Simple Summer Cocktails

We put up with the rain all year in Portland, but it is well worth it for the spectacular summers filled with blooming flowers, bountiful gardens, back-yard barbecues, and of course- plenty of drinking! While grabbing a twelve pack of microbrew beers is a great route for outdoor entertaining, it's great to be able to offer your guests a boozier option that showcase summer flavors. KATU News, AM Northwest was kind enough to have me on their show to mix up some drinks. You can watch the full video clip at the bottom of the post. 

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Lavender Lemonade:

1.5 oz Vodka (Crater Lake) or Gin (Corsair)

1 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup* 

1-1.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Cucumber slice (optional)

Mint Sprig (optional)

Soda Water

Add first four ingredients to old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Top with soda water. Gently stir. Garnish with lavender sprig. 

Lavender Simple Syrup: Add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water. Add zest of 1 lemon. Gently heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add 1 cup lavender blossoms. Let steep overnight, and strain into food-safe glass jar for storage.

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Caipirhina:

2 oz Cachaca (Novo Fogo) 

1/2 lime 

1.25 tbsp sugar

Remove the white pith from the lime and discard it. Cut the remaining lime in slices; toss them into the glass. Muddle them with sugar in the glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add cachaça and pour everything into a shaker. Give it a go; pour everything (including the ice) back into the same glass.

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Cucumber Cooler:

1 1/2 oz. Gin (Corsair) or Vodka (Crater Lake

3/4 oz St. Germain

3/4 oz lime or lemon juice

2 slices cucumber

2 sprigs mint

soda water

Add first three ingredients and 1 sprig of mint and 1 cucumber slice to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and double-strain into old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with cucumber slice and mint sprig. Top with soda water if desired.

(If you're reading this on a mobile device you can watch the video here.)

Vincent's Ruin- @Teardroplounge Portland from @tobyTPH Chicago

 

Vincent's Ruin:

1.5 oz. Bourbon (Bulleit)
.25 oz. St. Germain
.75 oz. Lemon
.25 oz gomme syrup
Absinthe rinse
Dash orange bitters (50-50)

This cocktail was a great example of a simple balance of complex flavors. It is reminiscent of a pre prohibition cocktail except for the inclusion of St. Germain, a relatively new spirit. It is a welcome addition, as along with the requisite sweetness, are the floral and botanical notes to mix with the citrus and the spices of the absinthe which are mostly present only on the nose. Glad this drink traversed the nation.

Gigi- 1.5 oz @HendricksGin, .75 oz lemon juice, .5 oz @StGermainDrinks, .5 oz creme de violette, orange blossom water, lemon oils

Gigi:

1 1/2 oz. Gin (Hendrick's)
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Creme de Violette (Rothman and Winter)
1/2 oz. St. Germain
5 drops orange blossom water
Burnt lemon oils

Shake over ice. Strain. Warm zest with match, squeeze oils over flame into drink, slide peel around rim to cover in oils.

Keeping in the floral theme (see Jordaan) I created the Gigi (pronounced gig-ee) the diminutive of my grandmother's name Marguerite, and inspired by her lush gardens in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. The nose is an expected floral bouquet of violette and rose. St. Germain and violette on the swallow with bitter orange peel and almondine notes from the orange blossom water.