Photos by Hillary Ehlen
The days of warm weather and patio season might be dwindling down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an invigorating, Prosecco-packed cocktail whenever you please. Bar manager Kayla Erickson’s invigorating raspberry recipe is no joke when it comes to spirit content, and it will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready for another.
How long have you been in the bar and restaurant industry?
I’ve been bartending for about seven years, but I’ve been working in restaurants since I was a little kid. I grew up in a really small town so my mom had me washing dishes when I was young.”
What do you like about bartending at Lucky’s?
“We have a very big regular base. Lots of people have been consistently coming in here since we opened. Lucky’s is really fun to work at because it’s lax with a cool atmosphere. It’s kind of like hanging out with your friends when you come to work.”
Can you tell us about your cocktail creation?
“I’ve been really into Prosecco lately so I wanted to incorporate that, then there’s a four count of Stoli Raz, two counts of Chambord and there’s a splash of this fancy Elderflower syrup before I top it with raspberries. It’s pretty sweet with a good amount of raspberry flavor going on, but the Elderflower syrup adds a little more of an interesting aspect to it. You don’t need much of the syrup because it can be pretty overpowering. It’s a great summer drink and fun to sip on out on the patio.”
Is there a particular spirit or style of cocktail-making that you like working with most?
“I like working with Vodka mostly, because it’s the easiest spirit to build a cocktail with. Personally, I love tequila, but that’s not a flavor profile that is usually friendly with most customers I’d say. I like classic cocktails as well. Stick to what you know always works. It’s kind of hard to be fancy here sometimes when it comes to making cocktails because we can get extremely busy, so we have to pick and choose.”
4 oz. Ruffino Prosecco
2 oz. Stoli Razberi Vodka
1 ½ oz. Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
Splash of Finest Call Elderflower Syrup
Simply pour all liquids into a stemless wine glass, add a few raspberries and then top the rest of the glass of with ice.
Lucky’s 13 Pub
4301 17th Ave. S, Fargo