Last night after a girly day of shopping, grilled cheese, crafts, and pizza (we are the classiest of girls) we had an impromptu Colorado cocktail taste test hosted by dad (of ‘Dad’s Corner‘ fame). He’s been practicing his bar tending skills over the past few months, so when my sister saw 5280’s poll for the official Colorado state cocktail, she knew he would be game to try at least one. Of course, Dad can’t say no to a challenge so he concocted our own in-home, four person contest between all three. Like I mentioned, I wasn’t expecting to end my night this way, which means that I did not have my regular camera to take lovely pictures! We did our best though. We had a sample size of each drink and picked our own winner/s. Check out our thoughts on all three drinks below! Spoiler alert: YUM.
Kevin Burke’s “The 4th Pin”: bitters, Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur, Whiskey, orange peel.
Dad: offered the most traditional western drink…like when Colorado was an old cow town.
Mom: liked the complex herbal flavors
KT: definitely strong but was pretty good. I liked that I could taste the bitters towards the bottom.
Bepcity: really nice layering of flavors. I don’t always do well with strong drinks, but I really enjoyed this one.
Dad: Becky and her man hands squeezed too much lemon…but still really good.
Mom: really liked the honey and lemon! Would be great on a hot summer day.
KT: liked it best because of the tart lemon juice! It was definitely sour! But again, the herbal liquor added something unique.
Bepcity: loved it! I just felt happy drinking this. The perfect, summery glass of lemonade with a kick.
Sean Kenyon’s “The Centennial Smash”: Palisade peach, mint, Colorado honey, bourbon, Three Pins Alpine Herb Liqueur
Dad: I think I added too much bourbon…this one needs a second chance.
Mom: thought this would be my favorite, but it was my least…wonder if it would be better when palisade peaches are in season to get more fresh peach taste.
KT: I agree with mom. Felt very summery.
Bepcity: I liked the subtle peach and mint flavor, but agree we should give it another shot.
All great contenders for a Colorado cocktail! The girls all agreed that the Central Slope Sour was our favorite while Dad picked The 4th Pin as his favorite. We all expected to like the Centennial Smash best, but it was everyone’s least favorite – possibly due to our own lack of in season peaches. I think we will definitely be trying it again this summer! All three used Leopold & Bros Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur, which is really cool stuff. Highly recommend you take a look at 5280’s post, which has videos of each bartender making their entry. Even if you’re not in Colorado, it was fun to have a little tasting party of these tasty drinks that will get you pumped for summer! I love you, Colorado!