Locally Inspired Creativity Well-Spirited to the Core
Colorado chefs have been riding on the local foods bandwagon for some time, changing the face of fine dining in Denver and beyond. Following suit, restaurants such as Denver’s Corner House are at the forefront of a new movement that extends the farm to table philosophies to the art of drink. That is, bartenders that engage in the art of mixology are mixing it up with local spirits distilled right in and around the Mile High City.
Luckily in Denver this translates to a plethora of options for the bartender to choose from since the Western slope is infiltrated with quality spirits. Leopold Brothers, Mile High Spirits, Dancing Pines, Downslope, and Peach St. are just a few that form the backbone of Corner House’s cocktail program. With long list of local spirits, Corner House’s cocktail program includes an eclectic entourage of playfully named libations.
For a refreshing touch of “O.J.” (orange juice) try the Corner House’s rather conspicuously named “O.J. Did It” with its Denver Dry Gin, Leopold’s Three Pins, orange juice, and Angostura Bitters. If Corner House does have a classic, it might just be their “Western Slope” made from Fireside Whiskey, Leopold Brothers Absinthe, Sloe Gin, and a sweet and bubbly dash of elderberry soda. Classic or not, none of the cocktails stick around for long as Corner House’s cocktails tend to change with the seasons in accordance with the food. With a well-spirited bar, Corner House’s cocktail list seems to arise from an ever-flowing spring of creativity, leaving no room for boredom. With each visit, the Corner House will surely surprise you, introducing you to the unexpected flavors that are being produced in your own state.
If the world of spirits is not your thing, the Corner House offers a world of wine, small in number but also eclectic in nature. Domestic labels and small vineyards once again present the Corner House drinker with a unique list of choices replete with unexpected flavors. Corner House’s impossible to pronounce white wine “Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer” from California’s oldest family-owned winery is a fresh option full of fragrant orange blossom and allspice matched with a luscious, well-rounded palate of lychee, clementine, fresh ginger, and coriander spice.
Fresh and unexpected is a hallmark of the beverage program at the Corner House. Whether you are in need of a lively dash of local spirits served to you as a work of art, or you are looking to expand your knowledge of small, domestic vineyards, Corner House will introduce you to a new style of drinking that keeps a more local philosophy in mind.
Denver’s Corner House is located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood at 2240 Clay St. Denver CO 720-287-1895; Tel: 720-287-1895. Daily Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 p.m.
Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!
True/False: Corner House’s executive chef got his start in the kitchen at an early age making pancakes at Village Inn.
Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!
The answer to this past Friday’s blog question: “True or False: Archaeological evidence suggests that the pancake may be the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies. …Answer: True, pancakes were a convenient way to serve cereal and can be found in some form or another in nearly every food culture.