Who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Those deliciously dangerous elixirs that turn any mundane day into a tale worth telling—or at least, an evening worth forgetting. If you believe, like we do, that a proper cocktail is the life of the party, the bon vivant of beverages, then do we have news for you? The Ritual, DiningOut Events’ cocktail Olympics, is back for another round. This year, we’re toasting—virtually, of course—the craftiest, the quirkiest, and the most palate-pleasing concoctions Denver has to offer.
When Cocktails Get an Upgrade
Here’s the gist of The Ritual 2023: It’s a tableside cocktail competition designed to take your favorite bartender from anonymous booze architect to the Banksy of beverages. This isn’t just about making drinks; it’s about creating an atmosphere, an experience—a ritual, if you will. Inspired by the slow food movement’s renaissance of mindful dining, The Ritual aims to do the same for our drinking habits. How, you ask? Through the time-honored art of tableside service, a touch of drama is added to your dram. But don’t think of this as a step back in time. Instead, consider it a sip forward into a future where cocktails come with charisma and voting privileges.
Introducing the Liquid Magicians
Denver’s mixologists are stepping out from behind the bar and bringing their craft directly to your table. Let’s see who’s mixing, shaking, and stirring their way to victory this year:
So, How Does This Dance Work?
The Ritual is more than a cocktail competition; it’s a democratic process that even our Founding Fathers would envy. Round one of voting starts today and runs until November 11. So, if you have any sense of civic—or, in this case, sip-vic—duty, you’ll make your way to these watering holes ASAP. The finalists will be decided in a second round of voting from November 12 to 18, with the winner announced on November 21.
Mark these dates, because the drinking game is on:
Vote Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
Don’t wait for election fatigue to set in; the voting booths are open, and in this case, they’re your local bars. Consider this an invite to multiple parties, each offering a signature drink that might just change your life—or at least your night.
Head on over to The Ritual’s website to meet the contestants and their concoctions—and to cast your votes. Denver’s elite sippers and tipplers have been busy crafting experiences in a glass, and it’s your civic duty to go taste and vote for the drink that’ll replace your usual vodka soda.
Make your voice, and your liver heard. Take a sip on the wild side. And may the best Ritual win.
Bottles Behind the Magic
Big thanks to our spirit animal sponsor, Rémy Cointreau, for keeping their portfolio of bottles flowing: