Denver is starting to come into its own as the culinary and cocktail mecca of the Mountain West. It seems like new restaurants and bars are opening every day and the foodie culture is drawing top chefs to our city to wow us with their culinary delights. And thank goodness for that, because we all know that inspired food is best served with delicious cocktails, local barmen, and world-class mixologists. Many of the best cocktails in Denver are served at amazing establishments that sit right on a typical Pedal Hopper Denver party bike pub crawl route, either the Downtown/LoDo route or the South Broadway route. The Pedal Hopper Denver team compiled this list of must-try Winter Cocktails unique to Denver to keep your buzz going all winter long.
Vesper Lynd by Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
You can grab this delicious winter gin cocktail inside BOOZ Hall RiNo which features Colorado-sourced and produced libations. Denver folks should take advantage of Salida, CO distillery’s fine cocktails like their classic gin & tonic, the tequila-infused Grand Canyon or our favorite, the Vesper Lynd. The Vesper Lynd winter cocktail features a blend of Wood’s house-made gin and white grape/fennel liqueur. The fennel notes in this drink add a nice wintry touch and, best of all, you don’t have to travel the 2.5 hours to Salida to enjoy it!
*Image courtesy of BOOZ hall RiNo*
Kings of New England by Beatrice and Woodsley
We love this place on Pedal Hopper Denver’s South Broadway bike bar tour route. Beatrice and Woodsley is rated among America’s best restaurants by Zagat and their cocktail menu deserves accolades as well, especially the Kings of New England cocktail. This rye whiskey hot toddy features house-made apple pie shrub and hints of lemon and cinnamon which are the essence of a winter-weather cocktail. The drink menu at Beatrice and Woodsley changes as often as the food menu, so make sure to get in there as soon as possible to enjoy this seasonal hot cocktail!
*Image courtesy of Beatrice Woodsley*
Caramel Vodka Martini by Mile High Spirits
Mile High Spirits is like a second home to all of us at the Pedal Hopper Denver. That is, if your second home is full of house-infused spirits, has an amazing bar staffed by some of the best mixologists in town, and has a huge stage hosting unique Colorado bands and DJs most weekend nights and during Sunday brunch. Check out the Caramel Vodka Martini which features vodka infused with Werther’s Original butterscotch candy and comes garnished with coffee beans. It tastes like the holidays and is an outstanding winter cocktail. When you stop in, make sure you say hi to the Mile High folks from all of us!
*Image courtesy of Mile High Spirits*
Hot Apple Toddy by Dunbar Kitchen and Taphouse
There’s no better way to warm up during the wintertime than by imbibing something hot. Coffee and hot tea are great for some folks, but in the Pedal Hopper Denver family, we prefer something a touch stronger. The Hot Apple Toddy from Dunbar Kitchen and Taphouse does not disappoint. Featuring apple brandy and cinnamon-infused simple syrup, this hot drink will warm you from your head to your toes and will make you embrace the changing of the seasons as apple-heavy fall turns into winter. Dunbar has a huge beer, wine, and cocktail menu as well in case not everyone on your beer bike pub crawl is into cocktails.
*Image courtesy of Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House*
Elderflower Basil Martini by Ignite Kitchen + Cocktails
Ok, this cocktail has more of a summertime feel than the other drinks on this list, but it is delicious and Ignite Kitchen + Bar deserves a spot on a list of winter cocktails for one main reason; it has a dynamite enclosed patio with amazing views of downtown and heat lamps to keep you cozy in the winter months. This martini features the floral flavors of elderflower and basil and is sure to delight your palette. If martinis aren’t your jam, Ignite also makes a delicious Old Fashioned and has a nice selection of Moscow Mules. All of these drinks are delicious and best enjoyed on the warm, heated patio on a cold winter day!
*Image courtesy of Ignite Kitchen + Cocktails*
The winter months are officially upon us, but that doesn’t mean that the party stops at Pedal Hopper Denver! We hope that this list of our favorite Winter Cocktails helps you plan the best stops on your next Pedal Hopper party bike tour or casual Denver pub crawl.