Drink of the Week

Japanese Pear Martini

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Sometimes Denver seems so small that the concept of six degrees of separation feels vastly overstated. (Say, like when I discover that Patrick Osborn, this paper's Drunk of the Week, was drinking in the very same place I was, as happened this past week.) When I first heard that Francois Safieddine, cocktailing king and owner of Mynt, Lotus and Monarck, was revamping Blue 67 into a restaurant and lounge called 5 Degrees, I thought the name might be a play on the Bacon game. But I was wrong; turns out that five degrees is the temperature at which vodka is chilled for the perfect martini, which would seem to make 5 Degrees ground zero for that cocktail's consumption. So on opening night, I hurried to try the 5° Martini ($8), made with Ketel One vodka, coconut rum, raspberry liqueur and tropical juices -- but not only was it too sweet for my tastes, it was warm. A better option was the Dragon Boat 5° Signature Martini ($8), made with Soho Lychee Liqueur, Grand Marnier and Limoncello Lemon Liqueur shaken with pineapple juice and served with a lemon wedge. My favorite, though, was the Japanese Pear Martini ($8), made with Chopin Vodka and muddled pear served with a slice of pear. As hot as the place will no doubt be, Francois should tell them to keep the A/C down to about five degrees, too.

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