Food & Drink

Top Fall Drinks in Denver

October 9, 2013 6:00 AM

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Sushi Den (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)
Autumn in Denver blossoms with fall colors and tastes from top restaurants around the city. Head bartenders get creative with seasonal fruits, spices and liquor mirroring the trend of hand-made infusions and ingredients. Expertly blended with top-shelf liquor and fresh citrus, these cocktails are a taste of fall in a glass.
Central Bistro and Bar (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Central Bistro and Bar (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Central Bistro and Bar
1691 Central St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-4582

Central Bistro recently expanded its menu and cocktail list firmly cementing the restaurant as a prime LoHi destination. This month, Central launches a whiskey program with more than 150 American-made bottles behind the bar. Autumn Leaves combines American-made rye whiskey with Caol Ila Scotch and Masala Chai Syrup, garnished with a dehydrated apple slice.

Parallel 17 (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Parallel 17 (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Parallel Seventeen
1600 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 399-0988

Parallel Seventeen, the bustling uptown bistro, recently launched a new wine and cocktail menu. Owner Mary Nguyen has added boutique wines, house-made infusions and a selection of unique cocktails. One of the favorites is The Uptown Manhattan. A contemporary take on the classic cocktail with house-infused chamomile whiskey, this drink is shaken with sweet vermouth and served up with a cherry.

Sushi Den (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Sushi Den (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Sushi Den
1487 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80212

Sushi Den on South Pearl Street is renowned for its superior sushi and sake but the landmark restaurant recently launched a new cocktail menu. The interesting menu features many sake-centric cocktails with house-made ingredients and fresh herbs. The Gion District is both refreshing and tastes of fall with blood orange and ginger vodka, fresh lemon juice and Asian 5 Spice syrup. Served up in a coup glass, you’ll feel sophisticated and smart.

Related: Top Tasting Menus in Denver

Courtesy of The Matador

Courtesy of The Matador

The Matador
3496 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

The Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar recently arrived in Denver. A highly anticipated addition to Highlands Square, the restaurant offers fresh Mexican along with a curated selection of more than 100 tequilas. With October still offering warm days, the Tamarind Margarita provides a refreshing blend of aged tequila, fresh lime juice and Tamarind puree with a cinnamon sugar rim. The restaurant offers a selection of top-shelf margaritas with fresh purees. Park yourself at the Mexican hacienda-inspired bar and you’ll have a perfect perch to enjoy the bustling neighborhood.

1610 Little Raven St.
Denver, CO 80202

Zengo, the newly redesigned restaurant in Riverfront Park, is focused on shiso for the fall cocktail menus. Shiso is an Asian culinary herb that brings a taste of both basil and mint to cocktails. Zengo’s Shiso-Jito creates a mojito-based cocktail combining fall flavors of shiso leaves, Fuji apple wedges, fresh lime and topped with club soda. Zengo, the Latin Asian restaurant by Robert Sandoval, is a great place to start the night or enjoy a leisurely Saturday or Sunday with its incredibly popular brunch.

Related: Top Summertime Desserts in the Denver Area

Ellen Marchman Larkey has a savvy knowledge of culture and events and maintains trusted partnerships around
the country. She has substantial expertise with food, wine and lifestyle including Aspen Food &
Wine Festival, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Cochon, Top Chef and numerous destination
restaurants and master mixologists. She has beeen‘s Denver’s Fine Dining writer since 2009.

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