Cocktail culture is on the rise all over Colorado Springs, but it thrives in specific locations, one of which is the Famous Steak House. And recently the restaurant unveiled a new fall menu and invited the Report to sample the goods. Mixologist Luis Rodriguez says “seasonal” doesn’t necessarily represent seasonal flavors in this case, but just stuff the restaurant wants to play with.

With these six it’s our time to be like, ‘This is what we can do without catering to anybody else,'” he says. “‘This is what we like to do. This is fun. This is our take on it.’ And I’m calling it seasonal, [but] it’s just a time of change. Obviously here there’s no pumpkin spice.”

The cocktails include options like these two as-yet-unnamed options. The first combines Colorado gin, Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny Port, Aperol and red grapefruit bitters, resulting in a not-too-sweet, not-too-strong refreshing experience. The second brings Cynar, gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and sweet vermouth together for something with a little tea flavor to it.

Other new cocktails:

The Famous Orchard: Breckenridge Vodka, equal parts lemon juice and simple syrup, peach schnapps, and apple flavors, all shaken with Chinese five-spice powder and topped with Prosecco.

The Prospector: Coffee, espresso vodka, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and a very cool beet spirit from Aurora-based Rado Distilling whose different variations taste like a whiskey or dark rum.

Bernese Mountain Dog: A take on a Greyhound, it features equal parts Campari and Aperol, Breckenridge Bourbon, grapefruit juice, and Byrrh, a French, wine-based apéritif.

The Rodriguez: Obviously named for the bartender, Rodriguez describes the drink as “everything I personally like in a cocktail, as far as balance is concerned,” he says. “There’s complexity; there’s a front, there’s a middle, there’s a back; you can chew on it, there’s smoke, there’s citrus.”

The drink starts with a smokey mezcal rinse before combining Casamigos reposado tequila, maraschino liqueur, equal parts Bonal and sweet vermouth, bitters, and orange oil.

“This is going to be for the guys who are Manhattan drinkers, who like stuff with heaviness.”

[Image: Bryce Crawford]