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. 

Alice's Key- 1 part gin, 1 part Aperol, 1 part Bonal

Alice's Key:

1 part gin (Small's)
1 part Aperol
1 part Bonal Gentiane-Quina

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

The drink begins with a cardamom and candied grapefruit nose. The sip is smooth and on the sweet side. There is a welcome, slightly bitter finish from the cinchona in the Bonal that peeks out before the cardamom finish takes over. The Aperol adds a light fruitiness that mixes nicely with the Small's gin and is not quite as aggressive as Campari in this Negroni-style, equal-parts cocktail. However, Small's has been challenging to mix with due to its overwhelming cardamom finish. This characteristic was noted in a solid review at the Drink Spirits blog. It is not an easily swappable gin when following traditional cocktail recipes and its dominance needs to be considered in the creation of new gin cocktails. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but as noted earlier, challenging when mixing. It should also be noted that in addition to the cardamom, Small's also holds more nuanced notes of lemon rind, juniper, and star anise. In future iterations, lemon juice may be added to cut through the sweetness for a crisper finish.

The Last Days of Summer- 1.25 oz @10canerum, 1.25 oz. Aperol, .75 oz. lime juice, .5 oz. Citronage..

The Last Days of Summer:

1.25 oz 10 Cane rum
1.25 oz Aperol
3/4 oz. Lime juice
1/2 oz. Citronge
Lemon oils

Shake over ice. Strain.Twist lemon zest oils into cocktails and slide peel around rim of glass.

A farewell to the summer we cherished. Goodbye sun. See you in 6 months.
This cocktail had a strong fruit punch nose. The funkiness of the 10 cane rum followed on the swallow with grapefruit, bitter lime zest notes, and an almost agave-like grassiness reminiscent of Cachaca. Till we meet again summer...

Shaddock- recipe from @cocktailvirgin from Emma Hollander @BolsGenever @StGermainDrinks


3/4 oz Bols Genever
3/4 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
3/4 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

A simple foursome coalesce in a perfect balance of flavors. Grapefruit is prominent, but not overbearing. Orange notes of Aperol come through on the swallow as well as the familiar St. Germain elderflower. This is one of those cocktails that you almost know exactly how it will taste before you try it, but that's a good thing as they are all great flavors on their own, it's hard to go wrong. Another "cousin" of this cocktail and great recipe also gathered by cocktail virgin via Ben Sandrof, "Cell #34" should also not be missed. Please visit cocktailvirgin for an impressive compendium of delicious libations.