Celebrate Spring with This Cocktail How-to from 3 Chicks Bartending

1. Stock your bar

Find these local products at most Colorado liquor stores, like Boulder’s own Wine Merchant.

CapRock Vodka

Geek Rum [Boulder Owned]

Suerte Tequila  [Boulder owned, but produced in Mexico]

Roundhouse Gin [Boulder owned]

Stranahan’s Whiskey

2. Prep ahead of time

Entertain on the fly with already-prepped cocktail essentials.

-Make simple syrup: Equal parts sugar and hot water, stir until sugar dissolves.

-Juice fresh lemons and limes: Citrus juicers can range from hand-held to electric; either way preparing in advance can cut time behind the bar when guests arrive.

3. Get to know your inner chef-tender

If they taste good together in your lunch, odds are they’ll be a good combo in your glass as well. Follow these steps to create a light and refreshing spring sipper.

  1. Choose a liquor
  2. Pour 1.5oz into a shaker with ice
  3. Add .75 oz fresh lemon or lime juice
  4. Add .75 oz sweetener
  5. Add fruits and/or veggies and muddle
  6. Add an accent and muddle
  7. Shake, and strain over fresh ice
  8. Top with soda if desired

Liquor:

(see list above)

Sweetener:

Simple Syrup

Agave

Honey

Fruits & Veggies:

Strawberry

Blueberry

Raspberry

Blackberry

Apple

Grapefruit

Carrot

Cucumber

Accent:

Basil

Thyme

Sage

Mint

Lavender

Ginger

Jalapeño

Need some inspiration? These three staples from 3 Chicks Bartending are sure to satisfy any palate.

Sweet Nothings

CapRock Vodka

Lemon

Honey

Lavender

Splash of water

Boulder Blues

Montanya Platino Rum

Lime

Blueberries

Mint

Simple Syrup

Splash of soda

Gin Rabbit

Roundhouse Gin

Lemon

Carrot (juiced)

Sage