For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“Denver is known for these amazing orange-hued sunsets, so I wanted to incorporate that into this cocktail, says Bryan Dayton, the beverage director and co-owner of Denver’s Acorn and Brider and Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth. “Obviously, the orange and blue is also a nod to the Broncos jersey. In terms of the ingredients, I wanted to stick to local Colorado, so I used Suerte tequila, which is based here in Boulder. We also love spicy food here, so I added the Ancho Reyes for some heat.”
- 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
- 1 ounce Suerte silver tequila
- 1/2 ounce Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
- 1/4 ounce Aperol
- 1/4 ounce Campari
- 3/4 ounce orange juice
- 1/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- Garnish: blood orange slice
Add the blue curaçao to the bottom of a rocks glass and top with crushed ice.
Add the other ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into the glass over the crushed ice (adding more if necessary), and garnish with a blood orange slice.