Win tickets to the Colorado Cocktail Contest!

It started with a simple question: New York has the Manhattan, Kentucky the Mint Julep. But does Colorado have a defining cocktail? (Besides craft beer, that is.)

Months later, our mission to determine what this state tastes like is about to culminate in the Colorado Cocktail Project. On June 26, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will be the site for learned lectures on the topic (not to mention excellent food and drink). And then on the evening of Monday, June 27, the finalists in the Colorado Cocktail Contest will pour their hearts -- and a lot of great state products -- into a competition to determine the official Colorado Cocktail.

Tickets to the Colorado Cocktail Project ($40 per day, $70 for both days) are now on sale at select Whole Foods stores -- but to stir things up, we're going to give a pair away.

To enter the contest, decide what Colorado tastes like to you and then post your answer -- ten words or less, please -- in the comments section below by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 16. We'll announce the winner Friday morning (which will give everyone else plenty of time to buy tickets).

In the meantime, here's the complete list of contestants for the Colorado Cocktail Project, as well as the schedule.

Vote for your favorite Colorado Cocktail -- and its creator -- here. Thirsting to know more? Read the Q&As submitted by many of the contestants:

Quenton Attwool, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Evan Faber, Colorado Cocktail contestant

BillieKeithley, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Allie Geppert, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Amy Kempster, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Alexandra Parks, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Joshua Smith, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Justin Lavenue, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Adam Dunbar, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Raffi Jergerian, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Kevin Burke, Colorado Cocktail contestant

Tyler French, Colorado Cocktail contestant

The Colorado Cocktail Project is sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Colorado Bartenders Guild, the Colorado Distillers Guild, Whole Foods and Westword.

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