To compliment my list of stoner foods, Denver also has some truly “unique” cocktails. From crazy liquor combinations to garnishes galore, here are the most creative libations you’ll find in the Mile High drinking scene.
My absolute favorite drink in Denver comes with an air of exclusivity, being that you can only get it in the Land Rover Club, the club-level seating at the Pepsi Center for an Avs or Nuggets game. Called a White Water Whiskey, it’s made of Breckenridge White Whiskey, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and simple syrup, which sounds like a disgusting combination a drunk Canadian would’ve come up with but somehow manages to hit the perfect balance of sweet and savory. I can literally down them like water; the only problem is that now I’m stuck buying club level tickets for life because I fantasize about that drink.
Bloody Marys not just for Breakfast
The main Blackhawks bar in town, Wyman’s #5 is known for serving pretty legit deep dish pizza…and a bloody mary garnished with a White Castle slider. Since the closest actual White Castle is located across state lines, whether they source those delectable little patties from the frozen foods section of the grocery store or somehow air lift them in is a mystery I don’t want to know the answer to.
Once You Pop, You Don’t Stop
There are no two buts about it; Troy Guard loves cooking with pop rocks. From his hamachi pop rock creation at Tag to drinks at Los Chingones, there’s something about those magical little candies that add an extra layer of flavor and flair. My favorite cocktail has since been retired, an iced Fireball with pop rocks that somehow tasted like an alcoholic chai latte, but the current offering sounds just as deadly – a tequila, pop rocks, Mexican coke fiesta in your mouth.
A delicacy found all over town, indulge in your inner child with the boozy Grasshopper at Steuben’s (if you can stand to get Oreo crumbs all over your nose, it’s impossible not to), or opt for the Kentucky Woman at TAG Burger Bar, which is a little treat made of bourbon, milk, sea salt caramel, and strawberry ice cream. Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
The Absinthe Fountain
This one time, on a really bad date, I ordered the absinthe fountain at TAG solely to entertain myself. Technically an after dinner drink; it’s actually a “put you on your ass” drink. That’s all you really need to know about that – it’s there and it’s deadly.
Retro Room, affectionately known for its pickle shots, is also a machismo bar where bros love to challenge each other to down a shot with a dead scorpion in it. And in case you were in need to a trim, Retro Room also offers men’s haircuts. Yeah, I don’t get it either.