Summit Stop: Unique drinks of Summit County
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People who pick Summit County aren’t looking for a vanilla vacation. They’re signing up for intoxicating views, heart-stoping downhill runs and a getaway packed with a unique, high-alpine brand of adventure. So it wouldn’t make sense to follow an epic powder day with an ordinary light beer or glass of chardonnay at happy hour. Keep the sensations and adventurous spirit of Summit going as you head for the bar with some of these distinct local concoctions:
In Breckenridge, affectionately known to locals as “the kingdom,” head for the north end of Main Street and sidle up to the bar at Blue River Bistro and ask bartender Brian Beck to mix you a Brazilian Mule. Aside from the copper mug, it won’t seem like much at first. The cocktail looks suspiciously like a mojito. But don’t be fooled: The drink, a fresh twist on the traditional Moscow Mule, combines Veev, the only spirit made from Acai berries, with lemon, lime, fresh mint and ginger beer. The alcohol is sharp, edged with a softer fruit-forward flavor that is perfect for happy hour over appetizers after a day skiing in the spring sunshine.
The Fifth Avenue Grille, located on Main Street and, you guessed it, Fifth in Frisco, plays by its own rules when it comes to cocktails. The ambitious bar offers various blends of home-infused vodka and tequila which make for some mean mixed drinks. Take the berry-infused margarita, for example, made with Sauza Hornitos tequila, infused on-site with blueberries and raspberries, mixed with their secret-recipe margarita mix, which no amount of begging could entice them to reveal, and served on the rocks or straight up. The effect is a summery take on a traditional margarita that manages to be refreshing without being too sweet.
At 9,000 feet, nothing is done half way. For a drink pretending to be a sweet fruit cocktail, but delivering all the strength you’d expect from a signature at elevation, try the Mountain Joy Juice at Kickapoo Tavern at Keystone. Bar manager Ryan Henderson mixes three types of rum and smoothes the kick with orange and pineapple juice. The signature concoction is served on the rocks in a tall pint glass and has about as much alcohol as a Long Island iced tea.
Many bars and restaurants around the county offer unique signature drinks or their own flare on old favorites. These are just a few of many options. If you’re looking for a great cocktail, no matter where you are, ask your bartender for his or her specialties.
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