Matcha Colada: A Refreshing Take on Rum

Pony Up breathes new life into an old-world spirit with its Matcha Colada.

“I think rum drinkers are some of the most dynamic drinkers around. The world of rum is so vast and I really do believe there is a rum out there for everyone.” —Amanda Houghtaling, Bartender at Pony Up

Ask the Bartender: A few questions with Amanda Houghtaling.

What do you love most about working at Pony Up?
“I always know there will be someone that I can strike up a conversation with. I love being part of an [awesome] team that provides that feeling for whoever walks through the door. It’s a great privilege.”

Pony Up Bartender Amanda Houghtaling
Pony Up Bartender Amanda Houghtaling

What is your favorite summer cocktail to make?
“Probably a Queen’s Park Swizzle because it’s boozy, refreshing, and beautiful. What more could you want in a summer drink?”

Pony Up is known for its French Dip sandwiches; what would you pair with the Matcha Colada?
“I would definitely say the Chicken Tikka Masala Dip. I love a tropical, creamy cocktail with anything Indian.”

Where do you hang out off the clock?
“If I’m feeling a bit fancy, I love Sunday Vinyl and seeing what records are playing that evening. Or, I hit Vesper Lounge. It’s super close to home, and all of the bartenders know my name. It’s also one of the first bars I ever went to when I first moved to Denver over ten years ago. That was back when it was actually called Lancer Lounge.”

Matcha Colada

Finished Product: the Matcha Colada
Finished Product: the Matcha Colada

Ingredients:
1 oz. Plantation 3 Stars rum
1 oz. Cruzan Aged Dark rum
1⁄2 oz. pineapple juice
1⁄4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. matcha powder Splash of Coco López Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:
Combine ingredients, shake, and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with mint.

Pony Up | 1808 Blake St.

Authored by Bre Patterson
Photography by Joni Schrantz