This broiling July heat is not very cooperative for summer stout and whiskey drinking.
Thoughts turn to boat drinks and more fruit-filled fare for refreshing drinking. Vodka is a natural for providing a lighter bodied cocktail base, and Colorado has no shortage of quality products.
Here are three to try for mixing fun this month:
Renowned for their Rhok and Ginski Barrel Aged gins, Vapor Distillery of Boulder makes this impressively clean, soft, super-smooth vodka. It bears a subtle sweetness that makes it perfect for sipping over ice or mixing into your favorite cocktail. They begin with pure Colorado Rocky Mountain water from the Arapaho Glacier and use only the highest purity alcohol distilled from corn to produce this pure, clean vodka. It also was awarded the Gold at the 2015 Denver International Spirits Competition.
This award-winning vodka is clean and brilliantly clear with notes of lemon cream and fragrant meadow flowers. It has a light body with a soft, warm texture and a balanced mellow finish with just a hint of sweetness. The minerality of the local Breckenridge water lends just the right mouth feel. Perfect for shots or a well-chilled vodka martini.
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just north of Longmont in Lyons, Spirit Hound makes all their offerings with local Colorado ingredients. They deliver a remarkably smooth, clean vodka with no additives and a satisfying, rounded mouthfeel.
These, and other vodkas from the Centennial state, can be found at select larger, family-owned liquor stores like Wyatt’s. Check out our “Colorado Spirits Sale”, August 2-8, to promote this weekend’s Boulder Craft Distillers Festival.