Recently, I attended the second annual Boulder’s Best Mixologist event at Boulder’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
It was a fun event that involved local bartenders/mixologists. We walked around to each table tasting their choice cocktail, with local 303 Vodka as the sponsor and spirit base.
Aji – Beijo do Marcujo
Hapa Sushi – Bermuda Shipwreck
The Kitchen – Homage to Beer
Oak at Fourteenth – Colorado Beachfront
The Pinyon – Julio Naranja
Riff’s Urban Fare – 3 “0” Peno
Salt the Bistro – Sunfire
The West End Tavern – Smoke and Oak
1st Place: Salt the Bistro – Sunfire
Salt Mixologist, Adrian Sutevski accepting their award
2nd Place: Hapa Sushi – Bermuda Shipwreck
3rd Place: Oak at Fourteenth – Colorado Beachfront
It was a people’s choice vote, so after tasting, everyone voted and they were able to tally the results to announce the winner. Personally, my top pick was Oak’s which had pureed whole kumquats, simple syrup, lemon juice, purified water, black pepper kernel and tarragon leaves. However, Salt’s cocktail was the one drink that I could drink many of. It was unique with rosemary but also steadfast – that is why they won the people’s choice.
That said, if you’re visiting Boulder or haven’t been to any of these locations check them out. Some favorite libation spots weren’t in attendance at this event, so this isn’t all inclusive of the best place to find delicious cocktails but it’s a good list to start with.