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Valentine’s Duo

 

Valentines Duo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly! If you haven’t decided what cocktails you’ll be serving or enjoying, I’ll suggest a great duo. Both cocktails are approachable, and a hint of Distiller’s Choice Blackberry Cordial brightens up both of these classic cocktails. A mildly sweet martini was selected for the lady’s cocktail and a slightly higher proof Manhattan for the gentleman’s cocktail. Both drinks are phenomenal served up, but if preferred they’re also great on the rocks.

His Cocktail:
Blackberry Manhattan
2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
1 oz Distillers Choice Blackberry Cordial
1-2 Dashes Bitters

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and stir gently until well mixed. Strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with skewer of blackberries.

Her Cocktail:
French Kiss
1 1/2 oz Oregon Spirit Vodka
1 oz Distiller’s Choice Blackberry Cordial
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice

Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Add ice and shake vigorously until cold to touch. Strain into martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a skewer of blackberries.

Port-O Manhattan

 

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The Manhattan is a tried and true cocktail enjoyed throughout the year. Here in Central Oregon with the onset of fall, you might elect to change up the classic Manhattan to create a drink even more indicative of the season. By using tawny port in place of sweet vermouth, the traditional Manhattan becomes a bit more complex. I also exchange the orange bitters for Angostura bitters to add zesty citrus notes to the drink, which balances nicely with the buttery, oaky flavors imparted by the port.

2 oz C.W. Irwin Bourbon
1 oz port
1 tsp. maple syrup
2 dashes of Angostura or orange bitters
Bourbon soaked or maraschino cherries for garnish

Begin with a shaker tin filled with ice. Add all ingredients and give a nice stir with bar spoon until well mixed. Strain into a Martini or Coupe Glass. Garnish with bourbon-soaked (pictured) or maraschino cherries.