In Denver

If you’re near…RiNo
Go to…Fort Greene Bar
Behind the bar…Fort Greene, a Globeville bar, pop-up space, and live music venue, installed a handy walk-up drink window called Guthrie’s Grotto to satisfy all of your on-the-go, batched boozy needs. Drink for days via the Greenepoint ($80, serves 13), a smooth combo of Rittenhouse rye, Cardamaro, green Chartreuse, and cherry bitters.

If you’re near…Baker
Go to…Adrift Tiki Bar & Restaurant
Behind the bar…Tiki drinks tend to contain syrups, tinctures, and other ingredients you might not have at home. Thankfully, four-year-old, Polynesian-inspired Adrift has your cravings covered with premixed cocktails (pictured above; starting at $15). For DIY quaffs, look to the bar’s line of syrups, including orgeat, coconut cream, and falernum ($5 to $8).

If you’re near…LoHi
Go to...Mizu Izakaya
Behind the bar…Mizu’s full cocktail menu is available to go, in singles or five-serving batches (from $48), but its Japanese-inspired creations are the ones we love most. Try the Thank You, Next, a mix of white rice vodka, yuzu, strawberries, and prosecco, or the Old Tokyo, with Suntory Toki and Akashi Eigashima Ume whiskies, tea, and Bénédictine.

Further Afield

If you’re near…Vail
Go to…10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.
Behind the bar…Winding down after a powder day can come with a side of history: 10th Mountain opened six years ago as a tribute to the soldiers who, in the 1940s, trained south of what is now the tony town of Vail. Its batched drinks ($25, serves two) are, naturally, whiskey-based; try the rich Manhattan-Boulevardier hybrid called the Seibert Sipper.

If you’re near…Crested Butte
Go to…Montanya Distillers
Behind the bar…Bring home a Montanya drink kit ($54 to $69) built around a sustainably crafted bottle of owner Karen Hoskin’s American rum. Even the distillery’s signature Maharaja cocktail is easy to make, as the 10-drink package includes a bottle of Oro rum, chai spice and ginger syrups, limes, sugar and spice for your glass rim, and instructions.

If you’re near…Steamboat Springs
Go to…The Periodic Table
Behind the bar…Chef Korey Sims is currently bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Periodic Table, the fine-dining spot that reinvents itself twice a year with a new theme, decor, and menu. His Mardi Gras in the Mountains package (from $50 per person; serves four or eight) has it all: a three-course supper, masks, beads, hurricanes, and Sazeracs.

Save the Date: Abbott & Wallace Distilling Company’s Rum Festival

From February 10 to16, Longmont’s Abbott & Wallace Distilling is hosting its third annual Rum Fest, which will include COVID-friendly private cocktail classes and tours, a parade, a lineup of rum cocktails (hot buttered rum, mai tais) available all month long, and two spirit releases: a spiced rum called Lusca and Leviathan, a hybrid sour-spiced rum that surfaces but once each year.

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.
Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to oversee all of the magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.