It’s hotter than a habanero roasted on the surface of the sun, Denver, and it’s going to stay that way for a while. (Or so history and science would indicate.) What we all need right now is nice refreshing drink.
And make it a grapefruit drink — the perfect elixir for a brutally hot day.
But don’t take it from us.
“Grapefruit is the perfect citrus for a summer cocktail,” said Jake Soffes, owner of Hudson Hill and expert cocktail crafter. “It has excellent balance of sweetness, acidity, flavor and color that makes it easy to pair and mix with almost any flavor profile.”
Here are 10 delicious grapefruit cocktails you can sip in Denver, including whiskey drinks, vodka drinks, gin drinks, pisco drinks and, naturally, a couple variations on the classic paloma. Plus, a simple recipe for all you beautiful homebodies.
Standard Etiquette $7
Served at Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 1001 S. Santa Fe Drive
Whiskey, grapefruit and honey.
Monty’s Revenge $8
Served at Asbury Provisions, 2043 S. University Blvd.
Tequila, jalapeno, honey, grapefruit, Ancho Reyes ancho chile liquor, lime juice and a salted rim.
Served at Leña, 24 Broadway
Peligroso tequila, lime, grapefruit and Fresca.
Served at El Chingon, 4326 Tennyson St.
El Portico, fresh-squeezed grapefruit, lime juice, grapefruit soda and a peppercorn rim.
Served at Paxia Bar, 4001 Tejon St.
Casa Noble Tequilla Silver, fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, lime juice and agave nectar.
Clark and Daphne $10
Served at Chow Urban Grill, 3570 E. Colfax Ave.
Honey, gin, grapefruit and rhubarb bitters.
Smoked Margarita $10
Served at Meadowlark Kitchen, 2705 Larimer St.
Tequila, citrus, jalepeño, grapefruit juice and smoked salt.
Pomplamoose Pisco $12
Served at The Nickel, 1100 14th St.
La Caravedo pisco, St. German, grapefruit juice, thyme simple syrup and blood orange caviar.
Suze, Susie, Suzy $12
Served at Hudson Hill, 619 E. 13th Ave.
Grapefruit, lavender, gentian, vodka and plum.
For the homebodies:
Keep it simple: Greyhound
- 2 oz. vodka
- 4 oz. grapefruit juice
If you’re fancy: Hemingway Daquiri
- 2 oz. white rum
- 3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup