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Mixology 101: Learning more about our classic cocktails

Finely Prepared Classic Cocktails

Cocktail at Roosevelt

At Roosevelt we want you to experience the joy of a finely prepared cocktail, and part of that experience is to know more about proper proper mixology and the history of the cocktail. To these two factors Roosevelt adds a few  more elements that makes our bar unique and a true CT bar.

Today we want to share with you the first “lesson” about the history of some or our selection of classic cocktails. There are many ways to prepare them but we have chosen to use proper mixology as part of our culture.


Roosevelt Blend: Gin, Maraschino, Fresh Lemon Juice, Crème de Violette, Lemon Zest

The Aviation is a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Some recipes omit the crème de violette for it is a non-conventional liquor so many people omits the ingredient. However, every proper bar includes the liquor to respect the tradition and stay true to the original recipe. Of course, it also gives the Aviation, its particular flavor. The Aviation is served straight up, in a cocktail glass.


The Aviation was created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, in the early twentieth century. The first published recipe for the drink appeared in Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Ensslin’s recipe called for 1½ oz. El Bart gin, ¾ oz. lemon juice, 2 dashes maraschino liqueur, and 2 dashes crème de violette, a violet liqueur which gives the cocktail a pale sky-blue color. 

Mai Tai

Roosevelt Blend: Dark Rum, Light Rum, Orange Curacao, Fresh Lime Juice, Orgeat,Orange Peel

The Mai Tai is an alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice, associated with Polynesian-style settings.


It was purportedly invented at the Trader Vic’s restaurant in Oakland, California, in 1944. Trader Vic’s rival, Don the Beachcomber, claimed to have created it in 1933 at his then-new bar named for himself (later a famous restaurant) in Hollywood. Don the Beachcomber’s recipe is more complex than that of Vic’s and tastes quite different.

“Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good”; but the drink is spelled as two words, sometimes hyphenated or capitalized.

The Trader Vic story of its invention is that the Trader (Victor J. Bergeron) created it one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of those friends, Carrie Guild, tasted it and cried out: “Maita’i roa ae!” (Literally “very good”); hence the name.

Come join us at Roosevelt and tell us which of these two you’d like to try first?

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 of drink 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!

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