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Cheers! The Ed

By Charles Ashby

The Ed One of my all-time favorite lawmakers here at the Colorado General Assembly is an unassuming guy named Ed Vigil. That state representative, a Democrat from a small town in the San Luis Valley called Fort Garland, is nearing the end ...


CHEERS! Alla Tua Salute

By Charles Ashby

Alla tua salute It had been more than 20 years since I last was at an Olive Garden restaurant, so I was curious when my wife and I tried to go there for Valentine’s Day last month to see how things had changed. It was ...



By Staff

TD TIME The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will face off in Super Bowl 50 to see who takes home the rings! As you prep for your Super Bowl party, of course there are the cocktails to plan. May we suggest The Touchdown. The Broncos ...


Cheers! Sake time

By Staff

Sake time Remember what I said about not fruiting the vodka? Well, I never said that rule applies to sake. In fact, since sake tastes so bad unflavored, I actually recommend a flavored one. And one of my favorite places in Grand Junction, ...


Cheers! The Roxanne

By Charles Ashby

The Roxanne Hmmm. Let’s analyze this: A rum-based cream liqueur, a whipped-cream-flavored vodka and a pumpkin pie liqueur. Those were the main ingredients to a cocktail my sister-in-law made at a recent family holiday ...


Cheers! Spiked nog

By Charles Ashby

Spiked nog When I was a kid, the only time we were allowed any kind of alcohol, except the occasional glass of wine at dinner, was when my father would spike the eggnog. He’d use bourbon, but others use a variety of alcohols, such as ...


Cheers! Irish Creamy

By Charles Ashby

Irish creamy Every once in a while this time of year, my wife makes her own Irish cream (and not nearly often enough), usually as gifts to family and friends. In general, I like Irish cream on ice as a side drink, but it’s usually a ...


Cheers! Avast, Matey!

By Charles Ashby

Avast, Matey! I just learned something new about gimlets. They were invented by British sailors as a way to consume citrus fruits that were just too sour to eat directly. Thing is, the sailors needed to do that to prevent getting ...


Cheers! Liquid peach pie

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Liquid peach pie Finding a wine to pair with mummy hot dogs, sweet and sour eyeballs or tombstone taco dip can be a challenge for any Halloween hostess. Does white or red go better with zombie gut chili? Halloween is great time to break ...


Cheers! Try a Huck Finn

By Charles Ashby

Huck Finn Not sure how Irish it was, or why O’Briens Pub & Grill in Ouray has it, but I tried their Huckleberry Finn drink while staying in town recently. My first thought, of course, was of the book by Mark Twain that I read as ...

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