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Cocktail Creators: Fresh Twists on the Margarita

National Margarita Day 2020 was officially Feb. 22, but when you’re as popular as the margarita, isn’t every day really your day? The margarita is so beloved that many establishments have expanded Margarita Day and corresponding drink specials to Margarita Week and even Margarita Month. In celebration of the margarita, a few of the Front Range’s top margarita makers were ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Jeneva Seidl of Aspen’s Bad Harriet

Jeneva Seidl, bartender at Bad Harriet in the Hotel Jerome {330 East Main Street, Aspen; 970.429.5028}, talks cocktail creation and shares her recipe for the Candle in the Window. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Seidl: I love talking to people. I love getting to know their stories and how the plot brought them to a seat at ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Chris Dunsmoor of Denver’s Jovanina’s Broken Italian

Chris Dunsmoor, bar manager at Jovanina’s Broken Italian {1520 Blake Street, Denver; 720.541.7721}, talks cocktail creation and shares his recipe for Matteo’s Vendetta, a custom cocktail crafted around Luxardo Bitter Bianco. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Dunsmoor: What I love about bartending is that it’s an outlet for my creativity. I take the time to learn about ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Scott Ruggiero of Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth

Scott Ruggiero, bar manager at Oak at Fourteenth {1400 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.444.3622}, discusses cocktail creation and shares his recipe for the Midnight Marauder. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Ruggiero: I enjoy taking care of the guests and meeting new people. Each day is different, each interaction is different, and I enjoy creating a unique experience with ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Nicole Lebedevitch of Denver’s Ash’Kara

Nicole Lebedevitch, bar manager at Denver’s Ash’Kara {2005 West 33rd Avenue, Denver; 303.537.4407}, discusses how to craft a memorable cocktail and shares her recipe for the Fallen Cherry Fizz. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Lebedevitch: The constant ability to give someone the unexpected and get to be in that exact moment with them. You get to create ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: David Leyva of Denver’s Tacos Tequila Whiskey

David Leyva, bar manager at Tacos Tequila Whiskey {3300 West 32nd Avenue, Denver}, talks cocktail creation and shares his drink recipe for La Fresca Caliente. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Leyva: I love putting on a show for people when I’m behind the bar; whether it be quick, witty banter, fun storytelling, or simple bartending flair. I ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Kendra Anderson of Denver’s Bar Helix

Kendra Anderson, owner of Bar Helix {3440 Larimer St., Denver; 720.449.8587}, discusses what goes into creating a memorable cocktail and shares her drink recipe for the Jamaican Negroni. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Anderson: As a first-time bar owner, I thought that it was really important that I learn how to bartend so that I could not ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Cody Wade of Denver’s Broadway Roxy

Cody Wade, bar manager at Denver’s Broadway Roxy {554 S. Broadway, Denver; 720.456.7041}, talks cocktail creation and shares his drink recipe for The Valentino. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Wade: The whole restaurant experience is one of the few opportunities we as a society choose to do, as opposed to being required to do. So the guest ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Keegan Labrador of Denver’s Señor Bear

Keegan Labrador, bar manager at Denver’s Senor Bear {3301 Tejon St., Denver; 720.572.5997}, discusses cocktail creation and shares his drink recipe for Save the Beez, Please. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Labrador: My favorite thing about bartending is the opportunity to provide hospitality. It’s something I genuinely believe in, and I truly care about the experience each ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: Chase Gebhart of Denver’s Saint Ellie

Chase Gebhart, bartender at the beloved Denver speakeasy Saint Ellie, which closed its doors in December 2019, talks cocktails and shares his drink recipe for the Dark N Roasty. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Gebhart: What I enjoy most about bartending is the opportunity to connect with people I would never normally meet. I get to have ... Read More »