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Bellying up to the bar in Breckenridge has come a long way since the rough n’ tumble saloon days of the 1800s. While the historic charm of Breck remains with hand-carved wooden bars and colorful Victorian buildings, Breck has expertly mixed modernism with history. The craft cocktail movement continues to take root in Breck with infused vodkas, cold-smoke cocktails, artisanal drinks and handcrafted libations. Giving us even more reasons to say cheers with our favorite liquid treats and signature cocktails in this former mining town turned ski and bike Mecca in the Rockies.

This drink should not be left off your après list. Photo by Jessie Unruh

This drink should not be left off your après list. Photo by Jessie Unruh

The Apple Manhattan

The icing on the top of this drink is just that – the ice. The house-made caramel ice cubes look cool, keep your drink cool and add a sweet lingering taste. “The whiskey with melting Carmel ice cubes is to die for,” says Breck local Brittany Leigh Mier Y Teran.

What: Tincup Whiskey, Thatcher’s Organic Apple Spice Liqueur, House-Made Caramel Ice Cubes

Where: Briar Rose

The Sexy Woman

She’s curvy and alluring and spicy. Hello there. Ember, the restaurant and bar known for experimentation, doesn’t shy away from … well, anything. Neither should you.

What: Jalapeno-infused vodka, passion fruit. Lime. Sugared Rim

Where: Ember

Northern Lights

Like the Aurora Borealis, this drink flickers with color. What color? Good question. Ask your server. It changes daily depending on the bartender’s mood and artistry of the day. Modis has become known as the spot for happy hour and creative cocktails right on Main Street.

What: Vodka drink topped with St. Germain foam is always changing. Ask your server what color it is today.

Where: Modis

House infused, home grown herbs and classic presentation, that makes a classy cocktail. Photo by Jessie Unruh

House infused, home grown herbs and classic presentation, that makes a classy cocktail. Photo by Jessie Unruh

Pomegranate Mint Caipiroska

Known for their home-cookin’, the Motherloaded Tavern has one of the most diverse and creative cocktail menus. The MLT, as it’s known by the locals, features 15-30 seasonal house infusions.

What: House infused pomegranate mint vodka, fresh grown mint, fresh lime juice and a dash of mint infused simple syrup. Served in a mason jar.

Where: Motherloaded Tavern

Cold-Smoked Cocktails

For some bars, it’s all smoke and mirrors. At Modis, it’s all about smoke. The real deal. They cold smoke their cocktails with actual smoke with hickory, cherry wood, tea and even spices. Once you taste the smoky flavors, you might never go back to a regular cocktail.

What: Pay a little more and order your cocktail smoked. According to one reviewer on Trip Advisor, “it looks cool, smells cool and adds a subtle smoky flavor.”

Where: Modis

Red Root

Did we mention that the Bistro does happy house twice a day? 3-6 pm, 9-12 pm. Photo courtesy of The Blue River Bistro

Did we mention that the Bistro does happy house twice a day? 3-6 pm, 9-midnight. Photo courtesy of The Blue River Bistro

You won’t miss a beat or beet with this red beet infused cocktail. Blue River Bistro offers a bounty of alcohol infusions from vodka infused with strawberries, ginger, red beets and tequila infused with peaches.

What: Red Root/ infused beet vodka, triple sec, fresh lemon, white grapefruit juice 10

Where: Blue River Bistro

 

These are just some of our favorite cocktails. Many of them are made with Bourbon crafted right here in Breck. Go directly to the source at the Breckenridge Distillery for a tasting or tour or both. Don’t miss the opportunity to raise a pint or two at local breweries – the Breckenridge Brewery and Broken Compass Brewery. Looking to experience more of the pubs and bars in town? Here’s our guide to the ultimate pub crawl in Breck. And, our picks for the best liquid desserts. Share your favorite cocktails on social with the hashtag #BreckBecause. Cheers to you.

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