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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.

Negroni

Negroni:

1 part Gin (Organic Nation)
1 part Sweet Vermouth (Vya)
1 part Campari

A classic cocktail with numerous options for variation with the number of gins on the market as well as interesting sweet vermouths. Vya is particularly rich and herbal forward which plays very well with the clean botanical forward Organic Nation. What's your favorite Negroni trio?

BOLSvardier

BOLSvadier:

1.5 oz genever (Bols)
1 oz sweet vermouth (Dolin)
1oz Campari

I just got my hands on my first bottle of Bols Genever. As I love negroni's, I thought this would be a good place to start. Thanks to Bols Genever Portland ambassador, Jacob Grier for the recipe.

The malt nose, is the first thing that is noticeably different and makes for an entirely different mouthfeel than the gin. It does not have quite as much bite, making for a very smooth and drinkable cocktail.

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