On Tuesday, February 13, from 5:40 a.m. until 8:40 a.m. RMFR had the chance to highlight Valentine’s Day cocktails by Colorado Springs’ bartenders with Montana Horsfall, president/wine and spirits specialist of Craft Cocktail Inc. During “Live & Local” on FOX21 News with Lauren McDonald, we utilize Colorado spirits and focus on area businesses to create the segment: “Pour up the Passion: Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes.”


Rooster’s House of Ramen

The Red Velvet by Winn Kirkpatrick

•2 oz 360 Madagascar Vanilla Vodka

•1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

•1 oz pineapple juice

• 1/4 oz Grenadine

•1 oz Sprite

Shake and strain the first four ingredients, then top with Sprite.


The Wobbly Olive

Killing me Softly by Sean Fitzgerald

•1.5 oz Lee Spirits Co. strawberry ginger gin

•.75 oz fresh lemon juice

•.75 oz Aperol

•.25 oz (2-1) simple syrup

•Sparkling wine

Shake and strain the first four ingredients into a champagne flute and then top with bubbles. Garnish with a strawberry slice.


Distillery 291

291 Chocolate Cherry Old Fashioned by Philip Rawleigh

•2 oz Colorado rye whiskey

•.5 oz raw simple syrup

•2 dashes of Aztec chocolate bitters

•3 dashes of cherry bitters

Build in rocks glass over ice and simply stir. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.


Lee Spirits Co.

Amelia (Earhart) by Carlos David Garcia

•1.5 oz Lee Spirits Co. strawberry ginger gin

•.75 oz lemon juice

•.5 oz simple syrup

•.25 oz creme de rose

•.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass.


Axe & the Oak Whiskey House

Hearts Desire by Alejandro Sanchez

•.5 oz Axe & the Oak bourbon

•.25 oz house honey syrup

•.25 oz cherry bourbon

•.25 oz cinnamon syrup

•1.5 oz house creme de cocao

•4 dashes of Angostura bitters

Spritz chilled coupe glass with saline solution and rim the edge with an orange peel. Stir and strain ingredients.



Passionately Yours by Katie Toth

•.5 oz Spring 44 vodka

•.5 oz Spring 44 gin

•.25 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

•.25 oz Campari

•.5 oz Fortify

•.5 oz rose simple syrup

•1 oz Lillet

•4 dashes of rose water bitters

•2 dashes of orange flower bitters

Shake and strain into a coupe glass.