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Great Denver Cocktails

Denver's superstar chefs aren't the only ones coming up with innovative creations. Skilled bartenders at The Mile High City's restaurants, nightclubs and lounges mix fantastic cocktails (often using Colorado-distilled spirits) on a nightly basis. Drink up!

Colorado's Signature Cocktail: The Tree Line

A few years ago, the Colorado Distillers Guild and the Colorado Bartenders Guild (along with co-sponsors Westword and MCA Denver) hosted the Colorado Cocktail Contest. The aim? To get the state's best mixologists to create a signature Centennial State cocktail. The competition was fierce, but Marnie Ward of Denver's Avenue Grill (630 E. 17th Ave.) emerged victorious with the Tree Line, a cocktail that makes use of Leopold Brothers' small batch whiskey and herbal liqueur. The recipe:

Tree Line
2 Bing cherries
2 oz. Leopold's Small Batch Whiskey
.5 oz. Leopold's Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur
.5 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
Muddle cherries, lemon juice and simple syrup; add whiskey and Three Pins; add ice and shake. Serve up. Garnish with round slice of lemon peel (to replicate the Colorado sun). Drink and enjoy!

More Denver Cocktails

Jalisco Sour

Downtown Denver's new (but old school) cocktail bar, Green Russell (1422 Larimer St.), offers the Jalisco Sour: blanco tequila, mescal, Leopold Brothers' peach whiskey, fresh grapefruit and lime juices, and black-pepper syrup.

Cowboy Coffee

The Squeaky Bean's (1500 Wynkoop St.) bracing Cowboy Coffee cocktail consists of Stranahan's whiskey, Angostura bitters, coffee beans, Demerara simple and lemon peel.

Colorado Sidecar

Head to the Ship Tavern (321 17th St.) in the historic Brown Palace Hotel for a Colorado Sidecar, made with Stranahan's Whiskey, Grand Marnier, simple syrup and lime juice.

Corpse Reviver

The curiously-named-but-delicious Corpse Reviver at Jax Fish House (1539 17th St.) is a mix of Leopold Brothers' American small batch gin, cointreau, cocchi Americano, fresh lemon juice with a rinse of absinthe.

Old Saigon

Get adventurous at ChoLon Bistro (1555 Blake St.) and order the Old Saigon, with Stranahan's whiskey, muddled Thai basil, Luxardo Cherries and housemade bitters.

Blackberry Sage Manhattan

Duo Restaurant (2413 W. 32nd Ave.) offers the enticing Blackberry Sage Manhattan, with Leopold Brothers' blackberry whiskey spiked with sage and lemon.

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