Montanya Distillers Reimagines Rum in New Cocktail Book

Elevated Cocktails: Craft Bartending with Montanya Rum gives readers inspiring rum cocktail ideas and shares the breathtaking Colorado scenery Montanya calls home

From the beginning, Montanya Distillers of Crested Butte, Colo., has been as much about making great rum cocktails as it is about making great rum. The distillery’s co-founder and mixologist maven, Karen Hoskin, decided to capture the imagination of the cocktail, along with the beauty of the Colorado mountains, in her new book, “Elevated Cocktails: Craft Bartending with Montanya Rum.” The book includes more than 30 rum cocktail and infusion recipes, along with food pairing ideas and beautiful photography of cocktails and spectacular mountain scenery surrounding the distillery.

“This book captures what I adore: the beauty of Colorado, rum that breaks the mold and cocktails that elevate rum to the esteem it deserves,” said Hoskin. “The recipes in this book are a reflection of the creative environment in which we work every day at Montanya. Montanya’s rum bar is our cocktail laboratory and this book allows people to enjoy Montanya rum long after they’ve left our bar.”
— Karen Hoskin, author

The recipes found in Elevated Cocktails are tried and true, tested on thousands of drinkers in Montanya’s bar each year. They are approachable for home bartending novices, as well as experienced bartenders looking for new ideas to those who are just discovering rum.  

Recipes in the book include:

·       Maharaja – our bar's most popular cocktails and an ode to Hoskin’s love for the flavors and aromas of India and to her deep adoration for cocktails that balance spice with sweet;

·       Bay Manhattan – A Montanya twist on an old classic cocktail, which gives this drink the perfect balance;

·       White Room – A local favorite at Montanya Distillers that uses vanilla infused Montanya Platino rum;

·       Habanero Pineapple infusion – A Montanya Platino rum infusion that completes Hoskin’s Fiery Passion cocktail.

“Elevated Cocktails: Craft Bartending with Montanya Rum” is available in hardcover, softcover and eBook versions at Amazon and other online booksellers like and Barnes & Noble. Books are also for sale here on our website and at Montanya Distillers’ tasting room in Crested Butte, Colo., where they are also packaged into gift baskets with Montanya Rum, Montanya Cocktail Bitters, logo glassware and other fun items.