Libation Celebration: The Roxy …

I am adventurous in many aspects of my life (or so I like to think).  For example, I have no problem buying produce at the grocery simply because it looked “interesting” and then figuring out how to cook it later.  However, when it comes to cocktails, buying liquors, spirits and mixers that I am not familiar with scares the bejeezus out of me.  Left to my own devices, every party would have dirty martinis or greyhounds made from vodka. Fortunately, I have some great friends and colleagues who know their way around a bar and are determined to get me out of my “vodka rut”….


So we are back with another installment of Libation Celebration with master mixologist Ronaldo Colli, owner of the acclaimed bar Ivy Room, who is determined to open up my mind (and taste buds).  I am always a willing guinea pig but when Ronaldo suggested we use a liquor that was previously banned in this week’s drink, I was a little hesitant.  The central ingredient in this drink is bacanora, an agave-derived liquor made in the Mexican state of Sonora.  And did I mention it was illegal until 1992 for reasons that are not 100% clear, but I would venture to say it was because this stuff is “lethal” in the best way possible.  Bacanora is in the mescal family of spirits and counts tequila and mezcal as it’s cousins.  But that is pretty much where the familial bonds end.  Bacanora is deceptively smooth with a slightly smoky note thanks to the distillation process.  Mixed with the cloves and pomegranate the cocktail, it is perfectly balanced and totally unexpected….something you would expect from a drink named The Roxy…..


Be sure to check out the other installments of Libation Celebration here and here….

[photo credit: photo by adza//food styling: courtney lake//recipe: ronaldo colli ]

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Libation Celebration: The Glitzy …

If you are basically anywhere but Florida at the moment you are probably bundled up and staying indoors thanks to what seems to be a coast-to-coast cold front.  This blast of wintery frost had everyone in the office thinking of warmer weather so when it came time for this week’s cocktail selection, everyone in the office instantly gravitated towards The Glitzy….

Glitzy Cocktail for CourtneyOutLoud

It’s not surprising why we all loved The Glitzy.  For starters, the drink was created by the acclaimed mixologist, Ronaldo Colli, owner of the awesome bar, Ivy Room, in Albany, CA.  Originally from the Yucatan province of Mexico, Colli cocktail recipes can be found at many of the premier bar and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have been featured in SOMA Magazine; A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, by Joanne Weir; Don Julio’s Luxury Drop Tequila Cocktail book; and Dimmi Italian liquor Book. He has also been a judge at Tales of the Cocktail, a national competition in New Orleans. Ronaldo regularly participates in mixology competitions both locally and nationally, and is the winner of Cointreau’s “Master of Margarita.”  So in other words, Ronaldo has major street cred and knows how to make a mean cocktail.

With The Glitzy, Ronaldo pared the tart and tangy with warmth to create a drink that instantly had us scheming on how to spend our Christmas on the Mexican Riviera.

The Glitzy by Ronaldo Colli

The Glitzy is the perfect drink for a casual weekend gathering of friends for the holidays when you want to up the ante.  Quick and easy to make, it will definitely be finding its rightful place in our bar rotation.  Be sure to check out our other drinks in the Libation Celebration series …..

[photo credit: photo by adza//food styling: courtney lake//recipe: ronaldo colli ]

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