Inspiring Recipes and Mixologists
Spring. That time of year when most places in the northern hemisphere start to experience gentle rains, green grass and the first flowers of the year. In our neck of the woods? Well, let’s just say that spring is more of a change in the air. Snow lasts a long time around here, but that doesn’t keep us from celebrating the change in season with a great spring cocktail. Read on for a “renegade” recipe!
At Montanya Distillers, an uncanny number of reviews start with a simple phrase: “I don’t normally drink rum, but…” Something about our cocktail menu transforms visitors from “never-evers” into rum lovers, and it’s pretty crazy when we step back and think about why. For starters, we have nearly 40 cocktails, but only 4 different liquors—all of which are rum. In this week’s blog post, we share a few thoughts on what allows us to get so creative.
Some neighborhood venues defy definition, blurring the lines between categories as they set out to fill a niche in the community. Good Neighbors and Wild Goose Meeting Houses of Colorado Springs do just that. The sister cafes offer everything from specialty coffee and great food to craft beer, cocktails, and wine—anything that helps facilitate any kind of getting together. And they feature Montanya rums.
Some nights are made for the ambience of a tasting room or to be out on the town. But sometimes, a drink at home is the best way to unwind at the end of the day or play host to your friends. So what should you stock in your home bar? Here are five essentials:
If you are skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, you probably know The Avalanche Bar and Grill - one of CB’s iconic slope side bars and restaurants. The Avalanche has become known as the place to go for a Painkiller made with Montanya Oro Rum!
In our July Bartender Feature, we talk with John Culbert of Flip Side in Breckenridge, Colorado.
In our March Bartender Feature, we talk with Laura Banning of The Hornet in Denver, Colorado.
The Hornet was one of our very first bar/restaurant supporters in Denver when our distillery was just getting its start. They have been committed to featuring our rums on their cocktail menu for YEARS and we couldn't be more full of appreciation for this amazing place. This year, Montanya Distillers celebrates our Tenth Anniversary and we will bring the party to Denver to host a party at The Hornet on May 20th. Details to come, stay tuned!
In this December bartender feature, we talk with Laurie Hall of The Farm Bistro in Cortez, Colorado. Since 2009, The Farm Bistro has been serving the best produce and meat from their back yard in Montezuma County. Their “comfort food with style” menu offers homemade (and award-winning!) simplicity in a warm and lively atmosphere. They have an all-Colorado beer, wine and spirits lounge, with a delicious prickly-pear Montanya cocktail. If you are in the area, be sure to stop in!
Some of the very original bars and restaurants that embraced Montanya Rums when we started nearly 10 years ago were in rural Colorado. These have been some of our most consistent and growing customers since the early days. While the big cities were still getting used to the idea of small craft distilleries back in 2008 and 2009, small venues in the mountains were saying a resounding "yes" to local products made with care. Moonlight Pizza was one of our early customers and has been a consistent purveyor of great cocktails. It is well worth building your ski, bike or kayaking vacation around a sunny afternoon on their patio in Salida.
We are longtime street taco fans and we so rarely see this done right. But hold onto your sombrero, friends, because Josh Niernberg of Bin 707 and now TacoParty in Grand Junction, Colorado has done it again! Incredible street tacos, maybe the best guacamole we have ever had, fantastic atmosphere, casual setting, and, you guessed it, fantastic Montanya Rum cocktails.
In our June bartender feature, we talk with Maura McGlaughlin, currently serving at Ophelia's in Denver, and previously a bartender at Mateo in Boulder. Maura first appeared on our radar at the Moovers & Shakers Mixology competition in Boulder with her prize-winning cocktail creation, the "Mai-Tainapple.”
In this springtime return to our popular bartender feature, we talk with Zachary Sipherd, general manager at Adrift, and Les Baker, head bartender. Together they discuss how they use Montanya rum, what they wish people knew about bartenders, a most exciting cocktail-making ingredient, and what sets their bar program apart from the crowd.
This month in our bartender series, Montanya Distillers visits with the bar staff at SOCIAL in Fort Collins. Three key bar staff converse with us about why they enjoy making rum cocktails, a favorite Montanya rum cocktail recipes, and what makes Social such a unique cocktail destination.
Montanya Distillers highlights Scott Bauer, founder and owner of Butcher’s Bistro in Denver, who shares how they come up with their cocktail menu and what’s in their latest rum punch creation.