Tequila. I like tequila. I like whiskey too. Yep. Tequila and Whiskey. And gin. Tequila, whiskey, and gin. And beer. Oh boy, do I like beer! But more than all that, I love a good cocktail. So how do we bring it all together? How do we decide what exactly we will serve? Especially amidst all the other turmoil of opening a new restaurant. Let me re-arrange the bar real quick, drop this cooler over here, and I’ll begin.
The answer is simple. No, really. We keep it simple. Simple, classic, and good. Now, don’t get me wrong. If I’m lounging on a beach somewhere, with the ocean lapping away at the soles of my feet, I would love a Mai Tai or some other rum and juice concoction. And if this is your pleasure, then I will be more than happy to make you a great island drink. But to be honest, this is Colorado. The mountains. Whiskey. Quality beer. Simple…
Hold on. I’m starting to sound like a commercial…
My point is that I want a cocktail menu that brings back some of the original drinks. Drinks that have stood the test of time. And I want to make them with good, quality, and whenever possible, local spirits. We will definitely throw our own mark on most of them. That’s the fun part. Try our Kittredge Sour (WHISKEY AND WINE??? TOGETHER??? Trust me. It’s good.), or our own twist on an Old Fashioned. Not to mention the Colorado version of the classic Negroni (one of my favorite pre- or post-dinner cocktails). Or again, just order your favorite drink. We’ll make them all.
But, Jeff… What about brunch???
Now you’re speaking my language! I will personally be on hand, making our drinks for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Mimosas? Of course. Poinsettias? You bet. Beer-mosas? why wouldn’t we? And (I think someone told me once) I can make one hell of a bloody mary! For the more adventurous, as brunch rolls into lunch, how about a French 75 (a drink dating back to prohibition, featuring champagne, and offering quite the wallop)? Or hey, did I mention the sour?
Didn’t you say something about beer?
Okay. So this is where I’ve been having trouble. As you may have read before, I moved down here–at the behest of a good friend–from Fort Collins. Now, Fort Collins is somewhat of a craft beer… hmm…is “mecca” the right word? Anyway, it’s a town that prides itself on good craft beer. As does much of Colorado (must be something in the water), and we would love to carry them all. The problem is storage, or lack thereof. At least for the bottled and canned beers. However we have enough space to carry quite a few of the favorites. My big problem with the draft beer is simply that we currently only have four–that’s right four–tap handles. We are working hard to remedy that situation. Because again, I like beer. Oh boy, do I like beer! And also, because I know a lot of you do too, and I want to make sure we have enough styles to cover all tastes. Rest assured, if you have a favorite, let me know and I will try my best to find it and make it available. Also, please don’t be put off by all the craft beer talk. We will offer plenty of domestic beers for those in the mood for a more traditional american beer. I know that I definitely couldn’t even navigate a golf course without a Coors Banquet or Bud Light in my cart.
What about wines, though?
Yes. Wines. Of Course. Grapes and stuff… We will have great wines. I can’t tell you what right now. You see, Terry is very particular about her wine. This is the one place where I have very little input. I, like you, wait with bated breath, to hear her decision. I mean seriously Terry, if you’re reading this, we need some wine decisions. I would throw a winky emoticon in there, but I don’t know how. Truth is, picking the right wine is very tedious. You must suffer through endless tastings. And usually these wine reps don’t even bring a cheese platter to share. Shear torture. 😉 <–There it is.
So yeah. I guess that’s where we’re at cocktail-wise. Seems pretty straight-forward and simple…ish. Right? 😉 <–(I’m getting good at this)
A little post-script: this past weekend for me was spent up in Fort Collins, cleaning out what was left of my stuff up there. I hope to make it back for a visit soon (FoCo friends pay attention to my facebook page for updates… PARTY COMING). But for now it marks the end of a large part of my life. I don’t know why I’m saying it here. Other than as a nod to those friends who are following my exploits here. To all of you who are, much love. I will miss you. You are a huge part of who I am, and I will never forget you. (AGAIN, BIG LAST HURRAH WEEKEND IN FOCO COMING> STAY TUNED!)
Enough of that though. here’s me and a cat: