, with its mission to create the official Colorado Cocktail, will celebrate this state's most liquid assets at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday and Monday, June 26-27. On Sunday, Colorado distillers will be at the MCA to pour their products, while learned lecturers talk about cocktail culture. We've already profiled many of thebartenders who submitted recipes for the contest
; the ten finalists will pour out their hearts -- and drinks -- in a head-to-head competition on June 27.
And those finalists (and the bars where you can taste their drinks) are:
Avenue Grill, Marnie Ward: "Tree Line"
Colt & Gray, Kevin Burke: "Colorado Daschund"
Encore on Colfax, Alexandra Geppert: "Pins and Needles"
Green Russell, Alexandra Parks: "Green Larimer Bees Knees"
Jonesy's EatBar, Amy Kempster: "The Green Heart"
Mateo, Britt Henze, "Bear Paw Palmer"
Row 14, Tyler French: "Brothers Brew"
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Salt Bistro, Evan Faber: "The Diamondback"
Steuben's Food Service, Randy Layman: "The 100 Years Cocktail"
Summit at The Broadmoor. Robert Leavey: "Pikes Peak Swizzle"
You can buy tickets, which are $40 per day, or $70 for the two-day package, here: Colorado Cocktail Project tickets. (Tickets are also available at select Whole Foods outlets.)