The Whiskeys of Winter 7

While Americans deemed drunkenness deplorable for centuries, physicians of yore prescribed whiskey as medicine, encouraging and even prescribing it for keeping warm in the winter, restoring energy, and curing colds, fevers, depression and snakebites.

To celebrate America’s enduring appetite for whiskey and the arrival of Colorado’s chilliest season, we stopped by the Parker Garage, known for having the largest whiskey menu – and some of the rarest whiskey finds – for miles around. On the rocks or cocktail style, Parker Garage bartender Kelton Steinmeier and Parker Garage owners Brent Walker and Meghan Gold showed us how it’s done – on the rocks or cocktail style. Enjoy their take on one of their favorite whiskey cocktails to serve up, the Sazerac Cocktail. And don’t forget to use round ice! “Spherical ice solves the problem of fast-melting ice that dilutes the whiskey,” says Steinmeyer. “Round ice exposes less surface area than the same amount of cubed ice, so it melts more slowly.”

Fill snifter with ice to chill the glass.

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass:

  • 2 oz. Sazerac rye whiskey
  • ¼ oz. Breckenridge Bitters
  • ¼ oz. of simple syrup
  • lemon twist

Remove ice from snifter. Add 2 drops absinthe to snifter and roll the glass to line the inside. Pour ingredients into snifter.

Garnish with lemon twist.