Where to Sip Summer Cocktails

—lolli johns | June 15, 2012 | Peak Eats Latest The Latest

1 - Where to Sip Summer Cocktails
One of the best alfresco patios in town, Ajax Tavern sits at the base of Aspen Mountain

Ajax Tavern
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern’s patio is a haven for people-watching and classic cocktails. Try the refreshing Rocky Negroni, created with CapRock Organic Gin, sweet vermouth, Aperol, and fresh orange. 675 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-6334; thelittlenell.com

Aspen Brewing Company
Aspen’s only brewing company, this local favorite has tapped into perfecting innovative microbrews. Standouts include the Ajax Pilsner, Conundrum Red Ale, and Independence Pass IPA. Drink in the killer view from the deck. 304 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-920-2739; aspenbrewingcompany.com

Caribou Club
Serving up style for more than 20 years, the Caribou Club sets the standard for elegance and sophistication. A new summer cocktail menu includes the innovative Salad Shooter Martini: organic cucumber vodka, St-Germain, and fresh grapefruit juice served in a chilled martini glass and garnished with refreshing cucumber. Bottoms up! 411 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-2929

Leah Stroup, lead bartender at Hotel Jerome’s legendary bar, serves up the Sassy Granny Tea. It features 10 Cane rum and Grand Marnier, mixed with freshly squeezed lemonade and tropical vanilla iced tea, and topped with organic blackberries. This twist on a summer classic will liven any afternoon. 330 E. Main St., 970-920-1000; hoteljerome.com

St. Regis Aspen
This popular spot is mixing seasonal and locally inspired cocktails. Top picks include the Mojito Organico made with VeeV Açai Spirit, organic agave nectar, lime wedges, and mint leaves topped off with club soda, and the Peach and Colorado Cherries Spritzer, featuring Square One organic vodka, a dash of lemon juice, organic agave nectar, and club soda garnished with organic peaches and a Colorado cherry. 315 E. Dean St., 970-920-3300; stregisaspen.com

Viceroy Snowmass
Inspired by the iconic Russian cocktail, this hip resort has created the ultimate Moscow Mule. Mixed with vodka, house-made ginger syrup, and lime juice, and served in a copper mug, this nod to the original is oh-so-tempting. 130 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, 970-923-8000; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Woody Creek Tavern
An eight-mile bike ride from Aspen along the gorgeous Rio Grande Trail, this famed tavern was a favorite haunt of Hunter S. Thompson. Its world-famous Fresh Lime Margarita, mixed with Herradura Blanca, 100 percent blue agave, and freshly squeezed limes, is a true taste of summer. 2858 Upper River Road, Woody Creek, 970-923-4585; woodycreektavern.con

Carbondale’s Six89 has earned the respect of foodies for its farm-to-table menu, yet their cocktail menu is just as inspired. Stop by this charming Victorian outpost for a New Fashion. Mixed with Leopold’s local blackberry whiskey, Lillet blanc, and cherry bitters, and finished with muddled orange, this powerful flavor profile screams summer. 689 Main St. Carbondale, 970-963-6890

The Meatball Shack
The newest addition to the Aspen restaurant circuit, The Meatball Shack serves an unbelievable Shack Bloody Mary from its Skinny cocktail list. Mixed with Effen cucumber vodka and a specialty Shack-made spicy Bloody Mary mix, it’s finished with a pickle and a slice of whiskey-barrel-smoked bacon from Rocky Mountain Bacon Co. This chilled, spicy Mary packs a punch—and, perhaps best of all, is light on calories. 312 S. Mill St., 970-925-1349

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