3 Thirst quenching Colorado vodkas for summer

This July heat isn’t very cooperative for summer stout and whiskey drinking.

With the oppressive temperatures, 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:

Boulder Vodka

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.

Breckenridge

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.

Spirit Hound

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 “Clear Spirits Sale”, July 11-17.

3 Superior Colorado vodkas for summer 2018

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:

Boulder Vodka

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.

Breckenridge

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.

Spirit Hound

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.

3 Great Colorado vodkas for summer

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 some to try when you’re mixing for fun this month:

Pruf

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.

Breckenridge

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.

Vanjak

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, Vanjak uses fresh spring water from Eldorado Canyon in Boulder, and a silver filtration system to create a remarkably smooth, clean vodka with no additives and a satisfying a rounded mouth feel. It is a refreshing relative newcomer to the local spirit scene.

These, and other vodkas from the Centennial state, can be found at Wyatt’s Wet Goods, where selection and customer service reign.

Finally a Dry Town you’ll want to visit

Looking for something new, but with a touch of tradition? Preferably something local?

Try these exciting new spirits from Old Elk Distilleries of Fort Collins. Old Elk introduced these three offerings to the Longmont/Boulder County market this month: Dry Town Gin, Dry Town Vodka, and Nooku Bourbon Cream.

From 1896-1969, Fort Collins was a dry town and relied on local bootleggers for its libations. Crafted in historic Fort Collins, the Dry Town brand is made with a little of this outlaw spirit in each bottle.

The crisp and savory taste of Dry Town Gin comes from its fresh Colorado grown sage along with lemongrass and French verveine. Sliced oranges smooth out the mouthfeel while fresh lime peel creates a crisp, clean punch of citrus that really brightens the gin. This Western-style gin is ideal in celebratory martinis, or even on the rocks. Try it with a touch of tonic and see how the aromatics make your usual G & T sparkle.

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Dry Town Vodka is handcrafted with a four grain recipe of corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. This vodka is unfiltered, heightening the expression of each grain. The earthy spice of the rye and silky texture of the wheat contribute an elegant mouthfeel and taste. The corn produces a sweetness at the backbone of the vodka with hearty bread notes from the addition of the barley. Dry Town Vodka is a welcome warmer as a sipping shot or in your favorite cocktail.

nooku-bourbon-creamNooku Bourbon Cream, with a name inspired by a Native American word for the white snowshoe rabbit, is a premium straight bourbon with real dairy cream. Crafted using high malt bourbon, Nooka exhibits spicy vanilla and toffee aromas, caramel chews in the flavor, and a pleasing rise of the bourbon in the finish. It is a natural for this time of year and throughout the holiday season. Compare to Buffalo Trace’s cream version, and you will be impressed.

Wyatt’s Wet Goods is currently offering these new Fort Collins spirits with special introductory pricing through November 22, 2016.

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