Filling the niche between a killer Manhattan and a mocktail are lower alcohol-by-volume (ABV) sips. These cleverly crafted cocktails contain ingredients like vermouth, liqueurs and bitters that punch up flavor while keeping potency low. And that makes them the perfect beverage for professional gatherings. Los Angeles mixologists Alex Barbatsis and Robert Campbell of Highland Park’s Café Birdie have created three new low-ABV cocktails—Wrong Side of the Tracks, Little Red Corvette and Lust in Lambrusco—made with the recently debuted Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur.

Here are the recipes:

Little Red Corvette

  • 1 oz Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter
  • 3/4 oz fresh blood orange juice (or orange juice)
  • 3/4 fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Peach Liqueur
  • Shake and strain over rocks in old-fashioned glass. Garnish with candied blood orange wheel.

Wrong Side of the Tracks

  • 1 oz Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter
  • 1 oz Navy Strength Gin
  • 3/4 oz Rosé Vermouth
  • Stir on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass, garnish with an orange peel and rose petals.

Lust in Lambrusco 

  • 1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter
  • 3 oz Lambrusco wine
  • 1 oz soda water
  • 2 dashes cranberry bitters
  • Build in wine glass, garnish with orange wheel.

The maker’s movement is alive and well in Colorado. Here are a few ways groups can connect with artisans and perhaps try a little handy work of their own. 

» DRAM Apothecary in Salida offers a line of bitters, syrup and tea using organic and wild Colorado herbs. Stop by the apothecary and send attendees home with the fixings for their own creations (cocktails or otherwise).


Executive chefs and culinary experts at Benchmark, a global hospitality company, have observed recent food trends and curated the top 10 dining trends to look for in 2019.

“Food and Beverage is an ever-evolving realm of experiences,” says Patrick Berwald, Benchmark’s vice president food and beverage. “The opportunity for us is not only to be ahead of the trend, but to understand who tomorrow’s customer will be, what fulfills their needs and how our properties can be ready to meet that demand.”

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