In Search Of: The Perfect Paloma

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In Search of the Perfect: Paloma When people think of the “signature” cocktail of Mexico, they immediately come to the conclusion that it must be the Margarita. That, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. One of the most popular local drinks is actually the Paloma – a refreshingly sweet, light tequila-based drink that’s perfect […]

I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios

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This week kicks off the official start to the summer and what is better than enjoying a cold one outside in the sunshine? Day drinking on patios is one of my favorite summer hobbies. With so many options what are the not-to-miss spots to drink in the sunshine? To answer this question I asked my […]

Parallel 17 Reinvented at P17

The Red Coral cocktail

Over eight years ago, Parallel 17 opened in Uptown as a Vietnamese restaurant. Over the course of time, the restaurant morphed from iteration to iteration: french-inspired bistro, french-Vietnamese fusion, fine dining… With each different version, the restaurant moved further away from the original concept. As of May 1 of this year, they have returned to […]

Angelshare Session 4: Distiller’s Choice

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What happens when the distiller gets to make the choice on what ingredients a bartender should use in a cocktail? You get the past session of Angelshare, the 12-week cocktail program where distillers are paired with different restaurants/bars to produce cocktails around a certain theme. This session focused on Distiller’s Choice so the bartenders worked […]

Angelshare Session 3: Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras came and went, but the cocktail world was full of beads, costumes and yellow, green and gold decorations. While the holiday may be officially over, it will live on in an array of colorful, but not overly sugary-sweet cocktails. Carnival-themed drinks were the theme of this past Angelshare session, the third in a […]

Angelshare Session 2: Proving ‘Flips & Fizzes’ aren’t just for girls

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Shaken egg whites, orgeat and cream, and carbonation – these were some of the ingredient highlights of this past Angelshare session. . If you didn’t make it to this session, then you definitely missed out on some great cocktails. Angelshare is a 12-week program that matches up six distilleries with six bars/restaurants. The program is […]

Angelshare Ancestrals: Twists on classic cocktails

Angelshare Ancestrals (Photo ©Misty Faucheaux)

The first session of Angelshare is done! Angelshare is a 12-week program, broken up into 6 two-week sessions. Every two weeks, a different bar/restaurant will be paired with a different distillery. The bar has to make cocktails with the distillery’s products, and the sessions will feature a different theme. This first session of Angelshare was […]

Weekend off the Wagon – January 3-5

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[Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox every Friday - Sign up now!] Have you resolved to only drink on weekends this year? Good! You have no reason to feel guilty about this weekend, then! Like good art, music and tunes? Then don’t forget that today is January’s First Friday with all of Denver’s art districts sure […]

Weekend off the Wagon – September 6-8

Tour de Fat this Saturday

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday It’s finally here–one of Denver’s final big booze-y summer bashes–the Tour de Fat. This Saturday, bring your best ridiculous costume and bike to enjoy beer by New Belgium and food by Illegal Pete’s, Water Course Foods, Brother’s BBQ, Hanson’s, Stoney’s, Pot Kettle Black, and Dumpling Love. Don’t forget […]

Toques & ‘Tails – The best of both worlds

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Denver’s food and beverage scene is growing and maturing with every passing day. New restaurant concepts, speakeasies, and even a James Beard Award are helping to mold this city’s offerings into something unique and magical. But what does it take to make the best food and drink under one roof? What spots in this town […]

What’s In my Liquor Cabinet – Bourbon & Fernet Leopold “Julep”

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I wrote earlier this week about what is not a mint julep, but in preparation for the Kentucky Derby, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a little cocktail that contains bourbon and pays tribute to the mint. Let me first state my love for the combination of bourbons and amari. Both delicious in […]

Wazee Supper Club – a historic feel, a modern menu.

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I receive an invite to check out the new cocktail menu at the Wazee Supper Club. Summer is coming and a new cocktail menu has been rolled out to welcome it. Last week I was invited in to try out the new menu and a few of the cocktails (and, let’s face it, the beers) […]

Linger Introduces Brunch: Inspired Street Food & $3 Cocktails

Linger Brunch cocktails. L to R: Bloody Mary, Coconut Fizz, Linger Mimosa (Photo ©Sarah Haughey)

Move over bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, there’s a new brunch cocktail in town: The Coconut Fizz. Only available at Linger (2030 W 30th Ave), this cocktail is beverage director Mike Henderson’s take on the New Orleans favorite Ramos Gin Fizz, mixing Monopolowa gin (potato based so it’s gluten-free), coconut milk, simple syrup, and soda […]

8 Reasons to Go to Adrift Today

A Mai Tai and a Jet Pilot from Adrift

I unabashedly love Adrift, the Tiki bar at 218 South Broadway. A primer for those who have never been to a Tiki bar: based around a too-good-to-be-true Polynesian or more generic ‘island’ theme, these places were most popular in the 1930s and 40s. They developed their own culture and cocktails during their heyday. As the […]

What’s In My Liquor Cabinet – Dessert Wine

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Sometimes you end up with a bottle of wine you don’t know what to do with. After tasting a bunch of exceptional wines from Colorado’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards, our parting gift was the Doce Pecado, a quality dessert (port) wine made from Cabernet and fortified with a 10 year old brandy. I do have somewhat […]

Weekend off the Wagon – March 8-10

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Much like Christmas decorations going up on Labor Day, it appears Festival Season is kicking off a few months early. That’s a terrible analogy. I’m sorry. There are four sizeable fests this weekend: The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, Copper Uncorked, Frozen Dead Guy Days, and […]

Our Birthday Change You Can’t Miss: Thursday’s Preview Dinner

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We know you all love to drink, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog. A few weeks ago we announced our birthday celebration festivities. We have decided to change things up a bit and dedicate Thursday to a small little preview of the weekend. Thursday’s wine pairing dinner is now a booze preview dinner. This […]

Drinking the Bar Dry at Colt & Gray

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Ah, the British. Not only do our pals on the other side of the pond enjoy on average 20 days a year more vacation than we Americans, they know how to kick off their vacations in style! In the Olde English tradition, the team at Colt & Gray bucked their way into the holiday week […]

Geeking out for a good cause – Steuben’s 2012 toy drive

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If boozing it up during the holiday season is good, then boozing for a good cause is even better, and this year the Steuben’s crew did their annual holiday toy drive up right! Amid tables piled with toys and games for underprivileged youth of the Denver Housing Authority; the bash reached an impressive atmosphere of […]

Repeal Day with David Wondrich at Williams & Graham

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It is the morning after the 79th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that marked the end of Prohibition after 13 miserable years, and I’m feeling much the way that I imagine a lot of America felt when they learned they could once again legally drink in public. December 6, 1933 was likely the day […]