Cock­tails to beat the heat

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy

It’s hot. Have one of these sum­mery cock­tails. Maybe it will make you feel less hot. Lil­let Olive Your Love on Me at Beast + Bot­tle. Chrissy Teigen and Gwyneth Pal­trow both think cu­cum­ber is re­fresh­ing, so it must be true. Beast’s blend of gin, lil­let blanc, el­der­flower and cu­cum­ber con­sommé is def­i­nitely pop-cul­ture-well­ness-guru-ap­proved. Beast + Bot­tle: 719 E. 17th Ave., Den­ver, 303-623-3223; bea­s­tand­bot­tle.com Water­melon Mar­garita at SOL Mex­i­can Cocina. Judges at June’s Top Taco event crowned SOL’s mar­garita Best Cock­tail, prob­a­bly be­cause the water­melon is just so darned in­vig­o­rat­ing. Also be­cause of tequila. SOL Mex­i­can Cocina: 200 Columbine St., Den­ver, 303-9532208; sol­cocina.com

Zom­bie at Adrift. The cure for that feel­ing you get when you want to rage-quit hu­man­ity? Tiki drinks! The tiki-est of them all just might be the zom­bie. With white rum, dark rum, 151, pineap­ple and pomegranate, Adrift’s Zom­bie is both re­fresh­ing enough to cool you off on the hottest sum­mer day, yet strong enough to make you for­get the some­times-abysmal world in which we live. Yay, tiki! Adrift: 218 S. Broad­way, Den­ver, 303-778-8454; adrift­bar.com Crazy Ivan at Rocker Spir­its. Colorado sum­mers mean the two P’s: peaches and pep­pers. The

Crazy Ivan has them both. Grilled peach and hatch chiles com­pete for sweet and spicy dom­i­nance, while the calmer vodka, lime and club soda play ref­eree. Rocker Spir­its: 5587 S. Hill St., Lit­tle­ton, 303-795-7928; rock­er­spir­its.com Tan­gled Up in Bloom at The West End Tav­ern. It’s got flow­ers (St. Ger­main el­der­flower liqueur), cit­rus (lemon), bour­bon (Maker’s Mark) and a name that’s a play on a Bob Dy­lan song (Google it). If that’s not sum­mer-wor­thy, well, or­der some­thing else. The West End Tav­ern: 926 Pearl St., Boul­der, 303-4443535; thewes­t­end­tav­ern.com

Allyson Reedy (areedy@den­ver­post.com) is a food writer for The Den­ver Post. On Twit­ter @AllysonBTC and In­sta­gram, AllysonEat­sDen.

Pro­vided by Beast + Bot­tle

The Lil­let Olive Your Love on Me at Beast + Bot­tle.

Pro­vided by SOL Mex­i­can Cocina

The water­melon mar­garita at SOL Mex­i­can Cocina.

Pro­vided by The West End Tav­ern

The West End Tav­ern’s Tan­gled Up in Bloom.

Pro­vided by Rocker Spir­its

The Crazy Ivan from Rocker Spir­its.

Pro­vided by Adrift

The Zom­bie at Adrift Tiki Bar.

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