Angelshare Session 3: Mardi Gras

(Photo © Misty Faucheux)

(Photo © Misty Faucheux)

Mardi Gras came and went, but the cocktail world was full of beads, costumes and yellow, green and gold decorations. While the holiday may be officially over, it will live on in an array of colorful, but not overly sugary-sweet cocktails. Carnival-themed drinks were the theme of this past Angelshare session, the third in a 12-week collaboration between six bars/restaurants and six distilleries broken up into six 2-week sessions.

The following cocktails were featured during the Mardi Gras themed session.





Coohills Dancing Pines Distillery Loveland Sour #1
  • Dancing Pines Cask Rum
  • Dancing Pines Tart Cherry Liqueur
  • Orgeat
  • Lemon Juice
Curtis Club Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Deauville
  • Breckenridge Bourbon
  • Calvados
  • Triple Sec
  • Lemon Juice
Freshcraft J&L Distilling Company Champagne Grenade
  • J&L Distilling Vodka
  • J&L Distillign FYR Liqueur
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
JAX Denver Feisty Spirits Who Dat
  • Feisty Spirits Cinnamon Oat Whiskey
  • Carpano Antica
  • Leopold Bros. Three Pin Liqueur
  • Woodford Cherry Bitters
LOLA Downslope Distilling Down in a Flash
  • Downslope Spiced Rum
  • Campari
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lemon Juice
Star Bar Deerhammer Distillery Star Bar Sling
  • Deerhammer Bullwheel Gin
  • Deerhammer Downtime Single Malt Whiskey
  • Dancing Pines Cherry Tart Liqueur
  • Lime Juice
  • House Grenadine
  • Pineapple Juice

While this New Orleans native was a bit disappointed that no one attempted a REAL Hurricane (fresh fruit juices and three different rums: white, spiced and dark), she still enjoyed all of the cocktails. It was a bit difficult to pick favorites this go round – they were all delicious. If I must pick, then…

(Photo © Misty Faucheux)

(Photo © Misty Faucheux)

Jax Fish House’s ‘Who Dat’ cocktail – a take on the traditional New Orleans cocktail the Vieux Carré – tasted like a Manny Randazzo’s King Cake (a New Orleans standard) with a dash less sugar, but with all the cinnamon and bready goodness.

Coohill’s Loveland Sour #1 was a twist on a Trinidad Sour (a drink that uses Angostura Bitters as a base). The drink substitutes the bitters with the cherry liqueur, creating a nicely balanced sweeter (but not sugary) drink. Colin Dart, Coohill’s Bar Manager, said that the only thing that he insisted be the same as the original was not having a garnish.

Star Bar’s Star Bar Sling, which is also a twist on a classic – the Singapore Sling, a tiki-style drink. This version, however, removes the pre-bought grenadine and sour mix to create a drink that has all the taste of classic tiki drinks, without the sugar rush.

LOLA’s Down in a Flash tasted the most like a Hurricane, but was less alcohol heavy than the traditional. The tiki-style continued with this drink, but it was nice and light – perfect for sipping on LOLA’s covered patio on a nice winter day.

The current session of Angelshare – Distiller’s Choice – runs March 12-March 25th. We’re now more than halfway through the program. Learn more about past sessions (Ancestrals; Flips, Fizzes & Nogs), or go to to learn more about the program.

About Misty Faucheux

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  • CAG

    Nice. Now how about posting photos, recipes and reviews while the program is CURRENT & ONGOING, so we can go out and actually try and enjoy the cocktails, rather than AFTER the 2 week “window” has closed, rendering your report relatively moot and useless…???

    • Misty Faucheux

      Thanks for the comment. We introduced the program before it started and listed all of the sessions. We’re also teasing the next session after we review the one that just finished. If you want to know more about the upcoming sessions, you can visit