It’s harvest season, and the apples are falling from trees and into local cocktails. Here are six cider-based drinks around Denver to help get that apple a day in the most enjoyable way.
Elways: Pass on a post-meal dessert and instead order a decadent liquid Hot Apple Pie, created with hot apple cider and Tuaca, a vanilla-based liqueur.
1881 Curtis St.; 303-312-3107
Lila B.’s: At Lila B.’s, you don’t only get the option of a Cidertini (Depaz, blue cane amber rum, apple cider and cinnamon), but they also offer the sinfully sweet Poisoned Rose (Effen vodka, Lillet Rouge and apple cider).
5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village; 720-274-6800
Poteger: The meal is made with natural and organic ingredients, and Poteger’s beverages bring the same attention to detail. Drop in for their featured hard cider, JK Scrumpy’s Orchard Gate Gold, created with organic apples, no preservatives or added colors, and served in a 22-ounce farmer bottle.
1109 Ogden; 303-832-5788
Colt & Gray: If you’re open to new concoctions, the bartenders at Colt & Gray keep Laird’s fine aged apple brandy on hand to whip up a seasonal cocktail specifically customized to your palate.
1553 Platte St., #120; 303-477-1447
Avenue Grill: Known for award-winning martinis, Avenue Grill won’t let you down with its Dearly Beloved: Laird’s Applejack, Green Chartreuse, freshly squeezed lemon juice and hint of simple.
630 E. 17th Ave.; 303-861-2820
Euclid: It’s not exactly cider, but this apple cocktail is worthy of a harvest-season mention. Inspired by established Denver mixologist Sean Kenyon, Euclid offer’s Ransom’s Apple, created with Ransom Old Tom gin, lemon, simple, fresh apple and yellow chartreuse.
1317 14th St.; 303-595-4255
Flickr photo via Panegyrics of Granovetter