5 cocktail recipes from the best bars in Colorado

Recreate the best cocktails at home if you’re feeling adventurous, or visit the best bars in Colorado to taste these excellent drinks.


Peachy Keen

Bar: Old Elk, Fort Collins

45 ml of bourbon

Peach Black Tea

Garnish: Fresh mint and sliced peach

Preparation: add the bourbon on ice and add the peach black tea top. Mix everything and decorate with fresh mint and a slice of peach.



The Flatliner

House cocktail, an ode to the classic Espresso Martini.

Bar: Allred’s Telluride

45 of ml vanilla vodka

of Kahlua


cold Espresso

Preparation: combine the ingredients in a shaker for an even mixture and pour into a Martini glass. You can decorate with 3 or 4 coffee beans as in an Espresso Martini.



Genever Juice

Breckenridge Distillery Bar

15 ml of premium gin

15 l freshly squeezed lemon juice

22 ml of simple rosemary syrup

Garnish: lemon slice, rosemary stem

Preparation: Shake and strain the ingredients over ice in a Collins glass. Decorate with rosemary and/or lemon.



San Luis Valley Sunset

Bar: The Bar at Almagre, Colorado Springs

52 ml rye whiskey

15 ml of Cynar

15 ml of beet

30 ml lemon

22 ml of honey

1 egg white

Preparation: make the cocktail in a shaker and dry shake (without ice). Then shake with ice and strain twice into a highball glass. Decorate with lemon peel.



The Downhill Snappe

A sophisticated version of the Bloody Mary.

Bar: St. Regis, Aspen

130 ml tomato juice

130 ml V8 juice

15 ml lemon juice

15 ml Bloody Mary Seasoning

7.5 ml of horseradish

15 ml Worcestershire sauce

A few drops of Tabasco sauce

Vodka with Rose Infusion

Garnish: 1 cornichon, 2 olives on a stick, 1 half-slice of lemon, extra salt to frost the rim of the glass

Preparation: infuse vodka by adding 2 sprigs of dill and a sprig of basil in a 750 mo bottle of premium vodka. Close the bottle for 2 or 3 days away from heat.

Combine cocktail ingredients and chill overnight. 6-8 hours minimum.

Rim the glass with salt and fill with ice.

Add 15 ml of the vodka, followed by 326 ml of the cocktail mixture on ice.



Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


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