Special Broncos cocktail: ‘Cry Me a Rivers Collins’ drink recipe

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DENVER -- If you’re tired of brews for your Broncos parties consider classing things up with some spirits. To craft the perfect party cocktail we went to award-winning Denver bartender Randy Layman, bar manager at Ace Eat Serve.

“My whole approach for creating a cocktail is to take something that’s worked well in a classic form, whether it’s an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, and then changing the ingredients and making it taste the way you want it to taste,” Layman said.

For this weekend’s game against the Chargers, he created the “Cry Me a Rivers Collins,” a take on the classic John Collins, and a nod to Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers.

“I’m sure that’s what he’s going to do, he’s going to be crying a river for sure,” Layman said.

Layman created a drink that is truly Colorado proud, using local spirits from Leopold Brothers and Peach Street Distillers.

Cry Me a RIVERS Collins

Created by Randy Layman, bar manager at Ace Eat Serve

1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz orange liqueur or triple sec
2 oz bourbon
(shake with ice)
Add 3 oz sparkling apple juice to glass, and pour shaken cocktail over juice
Add ice and serve

You can also make a large batch and serve this drink punch-style for your guests.