New Year’s Eve often calls for a night on the town, but there comes a time when the most fun is found in your living room. For that we offer these two original cocktail recipes, created by mixologist Nate Windham of Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street exclusively for Springs. The AdAmAn features all-Colorado Springs ingredients, while the New Year’s Cocktail is clearly a party in a glass. Cheers!
Built using all Colorado Springs ingredients in honor of the brave souls who trek to the top of Pikes Peak every New Year’s since 1922 to give the city a special welcome to the new year.
1 ½ oz. Lee Spirits Gin
½ oz. 291 Decc
½ oz. Schmidt Apiaries Orange Blossom Honey syrup
1 ½ oz. Principal’s Office Ginger Beer
Prepare a syrup using the Orange Blossom Honey by mixing 2 parts honey with 1 part near-boiling water. Stir until honey is dissolved in water. Then pour gin, Decc and honey syrup together into a shaker and add ice. Shake until cold, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Fill with ginger beer.
New Year’s Cocktail
Forget the straight Champagne, and spice yours up with citrus.
1 oz. Applejack
½ oz. Licor 43
2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
1 dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
1-2 ozs. high quality Champagne
Stir Applejack, 43, and bitters together with ice until cold, and strain into a chilled, stemmed glass. Fill with Champagne, and garnish with a lemon twist.
by Bryce Crawford