KNOW YOUR DRINKS
Knowing more about your cocktails will make you enjoy them at a different level. That’s why we continue with our mixology 101 series learning some more about our classic cocktails. This time we will show you three of our classics that have “worldly” origins. The Paloma, the Negroni, and the French 75. Let’s start with the one from Latin America:
The Latin blend of the Paloma
Roosevelt Blend: Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Soda, Grapefruit Twist
The Paloma (Spanish for “dove”) is a tequila-based cocktail, most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos and served on the rocks with a lime wedge. Optionally, the glass may also be rimmed with salt.
Alternatively, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh white or red grapefruit juice (jugo de toronja), club soda (sugar optional), and fresh-squeezed lime juice.
The Italian twist of the Negroni
Roosevelt Blend: Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Flamed Orange
The Negroni cocktail is made of one part Gin, one part vermouth rosso (red, semi-sweet), and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an apéritif.
It all started when Count Camillo Negroni invented the mix by asking the bartender, to strengthen his favorite cocktail (the Americano), by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish to differentiate it from the Americano. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni Family founded Negroni Distillerie in Treviso, Italy, and produced a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni. There is, however, an alternative theory regarding the origin of the Negroni Cocktail. This theory attributes the invention to General Pascal Olivier de Negroni, Count de Negroni.
The Parisian roots of the French 75
Roosevelt Blend: Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, House Made Simple Syrup, Champagne, Lemon Zest
French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar.
The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry’s New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a “75 Cocktail”, or “Soixante Quinze” in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York.
Come join us at Roosevelt and tell us which of these you enjoy the most?
Located in the hopping LoDo district of Denver, we are your one stop destination for the best selection of drinks. At Roosevelt we have created an atmosphere of comfort and class, serving only premium liquors and outstanding cocktails. Our spirits don’t need salt, lime or mixers. It’s good enough to stand on its own. Stop by Roosevelt and try one of our many types ofdrink combinations. Take your time, relax in one of our comfortable leather chairs and have a good discussion with your friends and colleagues. Welcome to the finest, welcome to Roosevelt!