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3 Refreshing Spring Cocktails with Christian Krogstad of House Spirits

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Three Simple, Flavorful Cocktails to Make at Home this Spring

You don’t have to be a pro mixologist to make great cocktails at home. The secret is to keep it simple, and always start with quality ingredients. We recently visited Christian Krogstad, founder and master distiller at House Spirits Distillery, to show us three refreshing cocktails that anyone can make, all perfectly suited for spring time sipping.

Westward Old Fashioned

A true staple of any cocktail repertoire. Whiskey, sugar, and bitters is all you really need to make the timeless cocktail that knows no season.

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Ingredients:

  • Aromatic Bitters
  • Simple Syrup
  • Westward Whiskey
  • Orange

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

1. Combine 2 dashes aromatic bitters, a barspoon simple syrup, and 2 oz Westward Whiskey in a mixing glass.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

2. Add ice and stir thoroughly.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

3. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

4. Slice a thin segment of orange rind and squeeze over the glass to release the fragrant oils in the rind. Then add as a garnish.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits
easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

Krogstad Aquarita

Krogstad Aquavit is made in the Scandinavian tradition, with loads of star anise and caraway. The Aquarita is the Margarita gone north — way north, then east — and topped off with Mexican lager. It doesn’t make sense until it hits your palate, and it’s as refreshing as it gets.

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Ingredients:

  • Lime
  • Kosher Salt
  • Krogstad Aquavit
  • Dry Curacao
  • Tecate

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

1. Rub a slice of lime on the edge of a pint glass and roll in kosher salt to cover evenly.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

2. In a cocktail shaker, add 2 oz Krogstad Aquavit and 3/4 oz Dry Curacao.

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3. Cut lime in half, and add juice from 1/2 of a lime to shaker.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

4. Add ice to shaker and pint glass, and shake vigorously.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

5. Strain shaker into pint glass, fill to top of glass with Tecate, and garnish with lime.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

Aperol the Single Ladies

Perfectly suitable for gents, too. Aperol (an Italian orange-rhubarb aperitif) is perhaps our favorite introduction to the world of interesting bitter liqueurs. Bolstered by a healthy shot of good, clean vodka, it is a seriously crushable choice for spring imbibing.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

Ingredients:

  • Aperol
  • Volstead Vodka
  • Lemon

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

1. Combine 1 1/2 oz Volstead Vodka, 1 oz Aperol, and 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

2. Add ice and shake vigorously.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

3. Strain into rocks glass with ice.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

4. Slice a thin segment of lemon rind and squeeze over the glass to release the fragrant oils in the rind. Then add as a garnish.

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

easy spring cocktails portland oregon house spirits

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Christian Krogstad and Danguole Lekaviciute

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