Denver's Independent Network of Restaurants (DINR), the group responsible for Harvest Week and A Saucy Affair, is asking its member restaurants to spread the love...through their liquid assets as part of DINR's Valentine's Day Cocktail Contest. The competition, which has already kicked off, continues through Wednesday, February 10, at which time winners from the pool of 20 participants will be announced by a likely lubricated band of judges, including 5280 food editor Amanda Faison, Westword editor Patty Calhoun and yours truly.
But don't let us have the last
drop word: Stop by the competing bars and restaurants and ask for the "DINR Valentine's Cocktail Contest Cocktail" and then go to www.eatdenver.com/valentines-cocktail to vote for your favorite.
In the meantime, we'll be featuring different recipes and photos from the participating restaurants and watering holes. Today's cocktail: A Burning Desire from Vesta Dipping Grill.
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1 1/2 ounces pisco 3/4 ounce Pimm's no. 1 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce Vesta's strawberry Cointreau sauce 1/2 ounce Vesta's hot honey habanero syrup 1 egg white 3 drops of Angostura bitters for garnish
Add lemon juice, syrup, Pimm's and pisco to a mixer and pre-shake. Add egg white and shake until foamy. Strain into a chilled glass and add bitters.