The Colorado Herbalist

This fresh, delicately-flavored cocktail comes to us from mixologist James Lee. Begin with a slice of fresh ginger root in a mixer. Muddle. Next, add 2 ounces of Juniper Green Gin, 0.5 ounces Three Pins Alpine Liqueur. 0.75 ounces of lemon juice, 0.75 ounces of agave water (1:1 mix of agave nectar and water, simple…

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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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