Today, the Peaks & Pints bartenders will pour 20.5-percent cocktails — but the plotline thickens with apple wine, which is essentially apple juice that has gone through the same process as you would making wine. Craftwell Cocktails blends apple wine with real fruit and ingredients to recreate the cocktail experience. The Oregon-based team behind 2 Towns Ciderhouse created Craftwell Cocktails, prioritizing taste above all else. The ready-to-drink Craftwell Cocktails rely on the expertise developed over a dozen years using real fruit to make their cider. The initial launch featured four distinct flavors — Pineapple Margarita, Grapefruit Paloma, Blueberry Cosmo, and Strawberry Margarita — served in cans. Like its canned cocktail line, the Top Shelf series is crafted in the Pacific Northwest with selected ingredients and a 20.5-percent ABV. Peaks & Pints will pour four Top Shelf cocktails in a sample flight — a flight we’re call Peaks and Pints Premium Flight: Craftwell Cocktails.
Peaks and Pints Premium Flight: Craftwell Cocktails
Vodka, Baileys, crème de cacao, and espresso meet, take a ride in the hand shaker and chill over ice in a chocolate-rimmed martini glass. Enter Craftwell Cocktails. Oh, you’re going dig this. Craftwell Cocktails Chocolate Espresso Martini marries rich coffee with dark chocolate notes creating a sweet and velvety slice of mocha heaven.
The Cosmopolitan, a cocktail made famous by the sassy, serially unattached women on HBO’s Sex and the City, is a combination of vodka, Cointreau and splashes of lime and cranberry juices. Craftwell Cocktails’ version weaves together vibrant cranberries with key lime to form a balanced, tangy, and delightful gem of a drink.
There’s no doubt that the Old Fashioned cocktail stands the test of time. Despite tracing its origins all the way back to the late 1800s, the traditional cocktail is a simple one, made with bourbon or rye whiskey, a bit of sugar, a splash of water, a few dashes of Angostura bitters, garnished with an orange twist and/or Luxardo cherry. Craftwell Cocktails’ version is made with sweet orange zest mingling with bourbon aromas.
Salt, sugar, or nothing? Rocks or blended? Straight or flavored with mango, guava or some other tropical fruit that epitomizes warm beaches, blue seas, and palm trees? What other drink gives you so many choices and so quickly recalls lazy summer evenings than the margarita, a perfect balance of sweet and tart, ideal for a steamy day. Craftwell Cocktails’ version layers bright fresh Mexican key lime aromas with a kiss of sweet orange, followed by an underlying earthy sweetness of agave.