Sip and sample: Local mixologists share their favorite recipes for readers to try at home

Anastasia Romanov

1 ounce whipped vodka

1 ounce Kaluha

1 ounce half & half

1 ounce raspberry syrup

2 ounces heavy cream

1 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce Los Dos Spanish Red Blend

Combine vodka, kaluha, half & half and raspberry syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into glass and add ice. For topping, combine heavy cream, simple syrup and red blend and shake until whipped. Drizzle over drink and enjoy.

— Kendra Shaw, Wicked Dame

Lori’s Driveway Diva Bucket

Clean sand pail filled with ice

1 cup Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum

1 1/2 cup lemonade

1 can Red, White and Berry Smirnoff Seltzer

Combine all ingredients in pail. Garnish with frozen blueberries and red, white and blue sour Trollis and Gummy worms.

— Lori Casper, Q Casino and Hotel

Jezebel’s Spirit

Ophir Gin

Cinnamon syrup

Fresh lime juice

Ruby red grapefruit juice

Combine all ingredients to taste. Top off with seltzer water. Serve in a rocks glass with a hand-chopped ice chunk. Serve this with a crystallized lime and cinnamon sugar disk.

— Nacole Meyer, The Driftless and Fine Cocktail Catering

Cucumber Jalapeno Martini

2 ounces dry gin (or vodka if you’re not a gin fan)

1 ounce fresh grapefruit

1 ounce simple syrup

3 slice jalapeno

5 or 6 mint leaves

Diced cucumber

Additional mint leaf and cucumber slice for garnish

Place all ingredients in a shaker and do a hard shake. Double strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a mint leaf and cucumber slice.

— Tori Curoe, River Boat Lounge, Hotel Julien Dubuque

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