The Southern Southern Peach

The cocktail begins with an infusion of 12 ounces (half of a 750mL bottle) of Papagayo Platinum Rum with a small white peach, sliced. Place these ingredients in a sealed glass container and allow them to steep at room temperature. After five days, add two leaves of basil, and allow the mixture to steep another two…

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The Pepper Blossom Martini

The Pepper Blossom shares the spotlight with quite a number of exemplary cocktails that Denver mixologist Anika Zappe has crafted, but don’t overlook this true standout:  Start with 1 ounce of Vodka 14. Add 1 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Next muddle a leaf of fresh basil, half a lemon, and a slice of fresh…

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The Hops/Scotch

With Oktoberfest in full swing, all eyes are on beer this fall—including those of some top mixologists.  Beer might not be the first ingredient you think to mix with finely-crafted spirits, but it offers a stunning diversity of flavors as a mixer, as this unique cocktail highlights. Start with 1.5 ounces of Highland Harvest Scotch…

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Strawberry Basil Martini

Mixologist Armando Rosario offers up this naturally-sweetened treat. Begin with 2-4 fresh strawberries, fresh basil leaves, and an ounce of Meyer lemon juice. Muddle. Add 2 ounces of Juniper Green Gin, and 1 ounce of agave nectar (simple syrup may be substituted). Shake and strain into a martini glass, garnished with a strawberry. For a…

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The Lemon Basil Martini

Combine 2 wedges of lemon, 3 small leaves of basil, a splash of simple syrup,  and a splash of lemon bitters in a shaker. Add three ounces of Vodka 14, muddle, add ice and shake vigorously. Serve on the rocks, garnished with a lemon wedge, or a stem of basil and a twist of lemon…

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