Red Bull flies in this craft cock­tail

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Justin De La Rosa, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

Red Bull and craft cock­tails typ­i­cally don’t ex­ist in the same realm. A craft cock­tail uses top-notch in­gre­di­ents and fresh juices, syrups and shrubs, whereas Red Bull pairs nicely with cheap vodka and bad de­ci­sions. How­ever, El Chin­gon bar­tender Valentina Panic has proven that the two can, in fact, co­ex­ist.

At a re­cent hol­i­day event, Panic show­cased cock­tails us­ing the en­ergy El Gran Toro, a cock­tail from bar­tender Valentina Panic at El Chin­gon, uses Red Bull, te­quila, An­cho Reyes and a house-made shrub to prove the en­ergy drink can work in a craft cock­tail. drink, with El Gran Toro be­ing the clear fa­vorite among guests. Ex­otico Re­posado is the base spirit, with a house-made pear-basil shrub adding a tart kick with an herba­ceous hint. An­cho Reyes liqueur brings a touch of heat and a top­ping of Red Bull sweet­ens things up.

It won’t give you wings, but it will give your palate an en­joy­able taste of what can be achieved when Red Bull is be­hind the bar.

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