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: 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 emerged victorious with the Tree Line, a cocktail that makes use of Leopold Bros. whiskey and herbal liqueur. The recipe:
2 Bing cherries
2 oz. Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey
.5 oz. Leopold Bros. 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 liqueur; add ice and shake. Serve up. Garnish with round slice of lemon peel (to replicate the Colorado sun). Drink and enjoy!
MORE DENVER COCKTAILS
Downtown Denver's speakeasy-style cocktail bar, Green Russell, offers the Jalisco Sour: blanco tequila, mezcal, Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice and black-pepper syrup.
The curiously-named-but-delicious Corpse Reviver at Jax Fish House is a mix of Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Gin, Cointreau, Cocchi Americano, and fresh lemon juice with a rinse of absinthe.
BLACKBERRY SAGE MANHATTAN
Duo Restaurant offers the enticing Blackberry Sage Manhattan, made with Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Blackberry Whiskey spiked with sage and lemon.
Williams & Graham, recently named America's "Best Cocktail Bar," doubles down on Leopold Bros. libations with the Ramona Flowers, a blend of Gekkeikan Sake, Leopold Bros. Navy Strength American Gin, Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup.