5280.com's Mix It series breaks down Colorado's best cocktails.
As a recent Denver transplant, I finally found my way to Green Russell . The Larimer Square speakeasy’s ever-rotating, seasonal cocktail menus made the task of finding the clandestine, barely-lit bar completely worth it.
Tucked into a leather chair in a dark corner, I sipped a gin cocktail called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (above). Served in a martini glass, the Leopold gin ’s full, earthy flavor was buoyed by St. Germain ’s efflorescence, frothy egg white, and black pepper simple syrup. The drink—silky from the egg and garnished with a turn of freshly ground black pepper—culminated in a balanced, almost-milky, satisfying sip.
Snack on this: Although Green Russell doesn’t have a full food menu, it does offer a few small plate options. Go with the filling black bean sliders.
Make the cocktail at home: Follow the recipe up top and make sure to shake the egg white by itself before adding other ingredients. Mix together and garnish with a grind of black pepper.
Bonus: For more on gin and its recent resurgence read our story on the Colorado-made  spirit.
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