The Cardinal Spirits crew is heading to Denver this afternoon for the first annual ACDA (American Craft Distilling Association) conference.
To send us on our way, we mixed up a batch of The Tree Line, the winner of the 2011 Colorado Cocktail Contest. It’s made from spirits from one of our favorite craft distilleries - Leopold Brothers - who are originally from Michigan but have been distilling in Denver for several years.
We think the combination of fresh cherries and herbal liqueur, bright citrus, and a spicy whiskey is the perfect transitional cocktail for this late Winter, early Spring weekend.
Recipe courtesy Denver.org:
2 Bing cherries
2 oz. Leopold's Small Batch Whiskey
.5 oz Leopold's Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Muddle cherries, lemon juice and simple syrup; add whiskey and Three Pins; add ice and shake. Serve up. Garnish with round slice of lemon peel (to replicate the Colorado sun). Drink and enjoy!