The Global Business Travel Association is in town, and the city threw a big welcoming party for the travel planners Sunday at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where they were served a drink that could have been a contender in the Colorado Cocktail Project -- which Marnie Ward won with her Tree Line creation -- but wasn't even entered.
Instead, Centerplate Catering came up with a Denver Mint cocktail, one of several drinks with the Denver Mint name but different recipes. At least this one contained a homegrown spirit; here's how to mix it:
Denver Mint, the drink
1 oz. Leopold Colorado Whiskey Simple syrup Fresh mint Soda water Crushed Ice
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In a tall glass, add a sprig of fresh mint, a small amount of ice, muddle till mint is lightly bruised. Add simple syrup to taste (approx. 1-2 tbps) , add 1 1/2 oz Colorado Whiskey, fill glass with crushed ice, fill rest of glass with soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh mint sprig. This cocktail is sweet and refreshing!