City banks on Denver Mint for its travel bash

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

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!

But we're willing to bet the Denver Mint isn't as sweet and refreshing as the Tree Line, which Marnie Ward mixes up at Avenue Grill. Read all about her winning drink here.

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