Cucina Colore 3041 East Third Avenue 303-393-6917
Columbus proved that the Earth isn't flat -- but you could be flat on your back after one too many drinks honoring Italy's most famous explorer. Cucina Colore's refreshing New World Sangria -- the creation of owner Venanzio Momo -- is a fruit-filled adventure all its own. The sweet yellow cocktail ($7) starts with brandy, champagne and orange curaao -- but that's just the beginning. Chunks of mango, papaya, pineapple and melon that have been soaking in brandy for two days are also dropped into the mix. Served on the rocks, the drink is accessorized with an orange slice, strawberries and a wooden skewer you can use to stab the alcohol-infused fruit. New World Sangria has been on the menu for just over a month, but it's already a sensation with the tony customers of this Milan-inspired establishment in Cherry Creek. With a hopping patio, Italian-style summer snacks such as crisp salads, light appetizers and wood-oven pizzas, and this swoon-worthy sangria, Cucina is definitely worthy of exploration.-- Julie Dunn
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