signature drink

Signature Drink: The Lieutenant

A cocktail in honor of the hotel’s rooftop opening for its first season. Cheers!

INGREDIENTS:
—2 oz. Plantation 3 Stars Rum
—.5 oz. Lifesaver syrup*
—.75 oz. lime juice
—2 oz. club soda

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients, except soda, in a small shaker tin and add ice. Shake 20 times. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, top with soda and garnish with a lime wheel.

*Lifesaver syrup:
INGREDIENTS:
—2 cups water
—36 peppermint Lifesavers

Signature Drink: Steamboat Sipper

INGREDIENTS
—5 oz. Crawdaddy’s Cold Brew Coffee
—1 oz. sweetened condensed milk
—1.5 oz. bourbon
—dash orange bitters
—orange peel 

DIRECTIONS
Add cold brew, sweetened condensed milk and bourbon to a Collins glass. Stir until sweetened condensed milk is incorporated. Add crushed ice. Dash bitters on top and garnish with orange peel.

Courtesy of Pablo’s Coffee, Denver

Signature Drink: Yamparika

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
—1 oz. Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum
—.5 oz. Myer’s Dark Rum
—.5 oz. Salted spiced caramel
—hot apple cider
—apple slice
—cinnamon stick

DIRECTIONS
Line an Irish coffee glass or hot coffee mug with salted spiced caramel made with a good quality caramel and sea salt added. Pour first four ingredients into glass. Top with hot apple cider. Stir until ingredients are well mixed. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. 

Signature Drink: Connoisseur Cup Punch

INGREDIENTS
— 2 cups Breckenridge Gin
— 1/2 cup Dolin Blanc Vermouth (do not substitute another dry vermouth, but if necessary use Lillet Blanc)
— 2 cups Teakoe’s Kodiak Mountain Mint Tea (prepared from tea bags)
— 1 cup lavender syrup*
— 1 cup fresh lemon juice (fresh squeezed the day punch is made)

DIRECTIONS
Combine, stir and serve chilled over ice with a lemon slice and thyme sprig. Serves eight people with two full servings each

Signature Drink: Adrift Tiki Bar White Wave

INGREDIENTS:
—2 oz. Prairie Organic Gin 
—1 oz. apricot brandy
—1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
—1 oz. creme of coconut

DIRECTIONS:
Pour in shaker over ice, shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel or flowers and a pineapple frond. 

Courtesy of Adrift Tiki Bar, Denver 

Signature Drink: Gin is Vodka, Green with Envy

INGREDIENTS
—1.75 oz. CapRock Gin
—.75 oz. Lillet Blanc
—.5 oz. rosemary simple syrup
—.5 oz. lemon juice
—4 sugar snap peas, muddled, and extra for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Muddle snap peas with ingredients in a Boston shaker.
2. Shake vigorously.
3. Double strain into a rocks glass over ice.
4. Garnish with sliced peas. 

Courtesy of The Pig & The Sprout, Denver

Cherry Creek North on the Move

Continuing my tour of new Denver hotels, I had the good fortune of visiting Cherry Creek North’s Halycon, which opened in August 2016 and was the first new lodging property in this hip, high-end district to open in a decade, with more coming online in the near future.

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