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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:

Tree Line
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

JALISCO SOUR

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.

COWBOY COFFEE

The Squeaky Bean's bracing Cowboy Coffee cocktail consists of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, Angostura bitters, coffee beans, Demerara simple and lemon peel.

COLORADO SIDECAR

Head to the Ship Tavern in the historic Brown Palace Hotel for a Colorado Sidecar, made withStranahan's Colorado Whiskey, Grand Marnier, simple syrup and lime juice.

CORPSE REVIVER

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.

OLD SAIGON

Get adventurous at ChoLon Bistro and order the Old Saigon, made with Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, muddled Thai basil, Luxardo Cherries and housemade bitters.

BLACKBERRY SAGE MANHATTAN

Duo Restaurant offers the enticing Blackberry Sage Manhattan, made with Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Blackberry Whiskey spiked with sage and lemon.

RAMONA FLOWERS

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. 

EL DIABLO

Terminal Bar at Union Station is shaking up something devilish with the El Diablo: Corralejo tequila, fresh lime juice, Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur and ginger beer.