Weekend off the Wagon: Oct. 17th – Oct. 19th (2014)

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Friday Saturday Sunday High: 64˚ Low: 43˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 0% High: 70˚ Low: 45˚ Partly Cloudy Precip: 0% High: 74˚ Low: 43˚ Sunny Precip: 0% Friday, October 17 Pours for Paws Fundraising Event Grist Brewing Co., 9150 E. Commerce Center Circle #300, Highlands Ranch Grist Brewing will be hosting “Pours for Paws” in the tap […]

Prohibition Style In Boulder at License No 1

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Boulder is known both locally and nationally as a beer town. With 15+ breweries and a number of tap houses, you have no shortage of options if you’re looking for something made of hops and barley. The University of Colorado even ensures there are a number of dive bars if shooting well liquor is more […]

Cocktail Hour on Little Raven

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Tequila is an odd drink. Often the source of hazy college flashbacks, late night runs for food you’ll regret in the morning, and the only drink served regularly from belly buttons. It is not a surprise then that many swear off it completely as they grow past their partying days. This unfortunate reputation is in […]

Search for the perfect Negroni

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Frozen, smoked, carbonated, gelatinized, just plain different – a Negroni on a cocktail menu is often a bit of a statement for the bar. This classic cocktail, composed of equal parts gin, Campari, and vermouth, is one that bartenders love to add their mark to – for both good and bad. Not that a bartender […]

In Search of the Perfect Old-Fashioned

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When it comes to cocktails, the granddaddy of them all is definitely the Old-Fashioned. The Old-Fashioned cocktail in its simplest form defines the original meaning of the word “cocktail”: A drink composed of a spirit, sugar, water and bitters – a definition that dates back to the early 1800s. Any drink made with these simple […]

Blindingly White – Mojito Mondays at Zengo

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The deal was: $5 mojitos at Zengo on Mondays. They’ve got your typical mojito – mint, mango – and more brazen ones using elixirs one does not dare describe as anything other than exotic. Right out of the gate: I’m not a cocktail man. I can’t make a decent one to save the life of […]

Holiday cocktail idea – Pins and Needles

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As a bartender and lover of hot cocktails, I have a few easy-to-make-at-home favorites. Whether you’re having friends, family, or a combo platter, hot cocktails make everyone warm and fuzzy. Pins and Needles This is a cocktail I created for Colorado Cocktail Project a couple years ago. It was in the finals and had the […]

Original Cocktails #1

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Welcome to our new series, Original Cocktails, where we will focus on our favorite barmen/barwomen around Denver and the cocktails they have artfully crafted. You should be well aware of the city’s love of great drinks by now, so the hope is to make that bond even tighter by highlighting some of the magic that […]

The Search for the Perfect Iced Coffee Cocktail

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I love coffee and I love booze. During the winter months, there is a plethora of booze infused coffee beverages. However, during the summer months, the iced version of these beverages seem to disappear from drink menus. With that in mind, I decided to hit the brunch scene to find the perfect iced coffee cocktail. […]

Denver Female Bartenders shake, stir it out for Speed Rack Competition

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Girl power. I’m all for it.  Especially when it comes in powerful packages like eight final contestants duking it out over classic cocktail recipes with speed and precision.  From my times as a drinking savant, I have great respect for the artist crafting a classic cocktail.  From my bar stages, I have an even greater […]

Jack Rose: the perfect V-day cocktail

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I prefer my dozen flowers to be in the craft beer case variety.  That, or a Jack Rose (or two). As you meander Denver tonight, stop in for a classic cocktail.  And if the bar is up to it, have them make a Jack Rose–one of the most understated classic cocktails out there.   Because […]

Lady bartenders rack up a cocktail challenge with LUPEC Speed Rack

The first national LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) event is coming to Denver on February 12th from 1-5pm.  Come and support your lady-lovers of fine cocktails as they face off in the shake-and-stirrtastic event.  All proceeds go to breast cancer research, education and prevention. Sunday, February 12th, 1pm to 5pm Casselman’s (2620 Walnut […]

Get your cocktail on with this year’s annual LUPEC Bar Crawl!

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2012. Bar Crawl. Ladies who know their shit about cocktails. If you know anything about LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), these ladies know how to have a party.  And they’re inviting you to this year’s Post-Holiday Annual LUPEC Bar Crawl!  Here are the details below for tonight’s crawl (January 2): This […]

No. 9: How to Get Santa’s ‘Stache

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This year, spirits have been keeping me warmer than beer and I have mixed a few of my favorite ingredients to create a special holiday cocktail.  I’ve always loved anything with gin or whiskey, but I’ve recently started to explore cocktails with eggs.  I find that most things with vodka are better replaced with gin, […]

No. 3: Your Christmas Workout aka Grand-ma’s Eggnog

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Eggnog comes in two varieties: shitty store bought and teen-age-male forearm of fortitude. Why the fuck anyone would mess with that stuff called ‘eggnog’ on the shelves is beyond me. If you want to drink that stuff, go full-hobo and sneak a shot of bourbon into your Starbucks Eggnog Latte. The first step to making […]

12 Days of a Wagon Christmakwanzakah

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By now, you’ve seen a million emails and TV commercials touting the 12 Days of Christmas in order to get you to open your wallet. Per Wikipedia, “the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas may have no meaning at all. Its meaning, if it has any, has yet to be satisfactorily explained.” Reminiscing about our crazy […]

The Liquid Diet

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This Week in The Liquid Diet: I feel like I am writing a restaurant review because the only other real boozy adventure I had this week was the Denver Off The Wagon trip to Oskar Blues.  That, and my Sunday Funday dinner. The true details of that trip have been locked in a vault never to be heard […]

Root Down’s New Bar and Food Program is Dressed to Impress

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The leaves are turning, there is snow on the ground once a week and it’s much harder to wake up in the morning. And occasionally it’s 75 degrees. Fall is here.  For me, Autumn has always been a great time for change, and the pros at Root Down couldn’t agree more.  And they have definitely changed for […]

The Liquid Diet

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This Week in The Liquid Diet: We book-ended two Sunday Fundays of epic proportions, to say the least.  The list of beers consumed by the “Knights” this week was out of this world.  The following Sunday was a bit of tried and true along with some new.  Brunch and dinner and lots of it…booze and food, […]

Tres Bonne! Le Grand Bistro and Oyster Bar: A neighborhood gathering place with exquisite taste

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One of my favorite things about going to French restaurants is that I get to order with my mediocre French accent.  It was one of the things I enjoyed the most about my trip to Paris.   More, the fresh food, depth of flavors, and the commitment to the simple pleasure of the meal left […]