Cocktails to beat the heat
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 (email@example.com) is a food writer for The Denver Post. On Twitter @AllysonBTC and Instagram, AllysonEatsDen.
The Lillet Olive Your Love on Me at Beast + Bottle.
The watermelon margarita at SOL Mexican Cocina.
The West End Tavern’s Tangled Up in Bloom.
The Crazy Ivan from Rocker Spirits.
The Zombie at Adrift Tiki Bar.