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Batch Cocktails for Worry-Free Parties

Looking for stress-free batched cocktails for your holiday festivities? 

Look no further than this blog.

One of the best parts of hosting for the holidays is sharing your favorite cocktails with guests. One of the worst parts? Mixing all those cocktails!

Keeping guests lubricated in style is an absolute must for positive party energy flow, but getting called away every thirty seconds to break out the cocktail shaker will leave you wishing you’d hired a bartender.

At Locke + Co, we’re big fans of making sharing whiskey easy, so we wanted to let you in on our favorite party hack: whipping up a punch bowl full of batched cocktails.

Here’s the inside scoop on the latest trend in entertaining and why your next party is better off batched.

Why your next party or holiday gathering needs batched drinks 

While they’ve been popping up in trendy bars everywhere lately (ever had a negroni on tap?), the truth is batched cocktails are nothing new in the world of entertaining. In fact, group cocktails are one of the most classic ways to serve up the good stuff.

Think of your grandmother’s crystal punch bowl at family gatherings or sharing a pitcher of margs with your friends on Taco Tuesday. Batch cocktails are an excellent way to add ease to entertaining so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a stress-free evening.

Plus, they taste great! Batching cocktails means all those tasty flavors have time to get together and mingle, producing great results with less work. It’s a pretty great two for one deal.

Locke + Co Aspen Aged-Rye-Whiskey-Batched Manhattan Cocktail

Can you pre-batch cocktails?

Pre Batched Cocktails in Pitchers on Ice for party

Absolutely! In fact, that’s one of the best things about big batch cocktails: they’ll let you do entertaining on easy mode.

If you’re batching cocktails in advance to serve a crowd, step one is mixing up your shelf-stable ingredients in a large container in your fridge. Feel free to chill any mixers, like juice or club soda, and if you have large batch garnishes to prep, you can do those in advance as well.

The day of your party, finish off your large batch cocktails with those sodas, juices, and garnishes. Then kick back and enjoy your evening!

How long do batched cocktails last?

How long your batched cocktails last depends on what’s in them, so make your plans accordingly.

Cocktails with citrus mixers are good for 2-3 days. Cocktails with sugar, simple syrups, bitters, or tea infusions last about a week. If you use egg to create froth and body in your batched cocktails, they’ll only be good overnight.

Do batched cocktails need to be refrigerated?

Because home-brewed batch cocktails are made with fresh ingredients like citrus and fruit juices rather than their synthetic equivalent, they need to be refrigerated for safety and flavor when you mix them in advance.

Like any other cocktail, once you’re ready to serve, your batch cocktails can be left out on a table or stored over ice if you prefer a chilled drink.

Should I dilute?

The question of whether or not to dilute batched cocktails is largely a matter of personal choice, but we’re on the side of not diluting. We’d never dilute a mixed cocktail, so why should batched cocktails be any different?

Diluting is a good option if you’re batching for a party where there will be less seasoned drinkers in attendance who might not know their limits. Otherwise, we say leave the diluting to the melting ice in the punch bowl and your guests’ glasses.

How to batch cocktails for parties

The most important thing when batching cocktails for your party is to prepare ahead of time. After all, batching is all about keeping the day of your event stress-free. Mixing your ingredients beforehand lets you kick back on the day of the party and maybe do a little taste testing!

The second most important tip is to make sure all your ingredients are properly mixed. Blend them together in a container large enough for generous stirring before you transfer to a smaller closed container for storage.

Tools for Batching Cocktails

You really don’t need any special tools for mixing batched cocktails, but there are a few things that are helpful to have on hand:

  • A large covered jar for storage
  • A serving container like a pitcher or punch bowl
  • A funnel for decanting your cocktails
  • A liquid measuring cup for measuring
  • A long-handled spoon for mixing
  • A jigger for measuring smaller amounts of ingredients

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Best big batch cocktails

Now that you’ve got the 411 on mixing cocktails for a crowd, we thought we’d share our best 

batch cocktail recipes! Here are the most popular recipes for whipping up easy, elegant batch cocktails to impress your guests:

Batched Manhattan Cocktail made with Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey

Manhattan

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye
  • 187 ml of dry vermouth
  • 187 ml of sweet vermouth
  • Combine in beverage dispenser or carafe
  • Pour into glass filled with 1 large ice cube or serve up
  • Add 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Garnish with a cherry or orange twist

Celebration Rye

  • 1 bottle (750 ml or a little more than 3 cups) of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye
  • 1.5 cups (355 ml) of St. Germain
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) of simple syrup
  • 1.5 cups (355 ml) of lime juice
  • 2 cups (473 ml) of apple juice
  • Combine in beverage dispenser or carafe
  • Pour into glass filled with ice
  • Top each individual glass with 3/4oz of Champagne
  • Stir for 10 seconds 
  • Garnish with a slice of apple (if you have it)

Celebration Rye Cocktail with apple cubes on a toothpick garnishes sitting on a wood coaster in front of a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on a wood table
Old Fashioned sitting on a wood coaster in front of a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on a wood table with a silver mid century sputnik in the background

Old Fashioned

  • 2 bottles (750 ml) of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye
  • 1 bottle of Strong Water Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup (8oz)
  • Combine in beverage dispenser or carafe
  • Pour into glass filled with 1 large ice cube
  • Add 2 dashes of bitters (we like black walnut, cherry, or any type of citrus)
  • Garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist

Our favorite whiskey-free recipes

If you’re looking to create an alternative large format cocktail for non-whiskey drinkers, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite whiskey-free recipes for the cretins in your life who don’t appreciate the taste of a well aged rye (just kidding, non-whiskey drinkers; we love you too!):

Margarita

  • 1 bottle tequila 
  • 400 ml Cointreau
  • 300 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 100 ml agave syrup 
  • Garnish with lime wheels

Table filled with glasses and pitcher filled with classic lime margarita cocktails, fresh limes and barware
Fresh paloma cocktail. Fresh summer cocktail with grapefruit, lime, sprig of rosemary and ice cubes.

Grayhound

  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 375 ml grapefruit juice
  • Garnish with grapefruit wheels

Paloma

  • 1 bottle mezcal or tequila
  • 500 ml grapefruit juice
  • 250 ml lime juice
  • 100 ml simple syrup
  • 250 ml club soda
  • Garnish with grapefruit wheels


Cooper’s Small Batch Drunkin Funkin Hot Sauce Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey

Cooper’s Small Batch & Locke + Co. Distilling Collaboration

A Match Made In Hot Sauce Heaven

Locke + Co. Distilling has teamed up with Cooper’s Small Batch Gourmet Provisions in the creation of Drunkin Funkin a gourmet hot sauce.

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Photo Credit: Cooper’s Small Batch Gourmet Provisions

Thirst Colorado’s Jay McKinney interviews Rick Talley of Locke + Co Distilling and Chef John Davidson of Cooper’s Small Batch about the creation of Drunkin Funkin, a Limited Reserve hot sauce.

Learn how this delicious collaboration happened and why the pairing makes sense. 

Hungry for more? 

Head over to the Thirst Colorado to read about this gourmet sauce.

Drunkin Funkin Hot Sauce pairs perfectly with Braised Meats and Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey on the Rocks.


Rick Talley and Owen Locke in the Colorado mountains in front of a tasting table with Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey

Locke + Co. Events

Friday, September 2


heritage wine and liquor tasting | 4:00-6:00pm

7475 E Arapahoe Rd, Centennial, CO 80112

Are you looking to try a new rye whiskey? Pick up a bottle and learn the history of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye from Brand Ambassador, Bill Carter.


saturday, September 3


lukas liquor superstore tasting | 2:00-5:00pm

8457 S Yosemite St, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Come down and taste Colorado’s very own Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey and pick a bottle up for your evening.


Thursday, September 8


molly spirits, lakeside hand sale | 4:00-6:30pm

5809 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Brand Ambassador, Bill Carter will be selling your favorite Colorado Rye Whiskey.


Thursday, September 15


bottle shop 33 tasting | 4:00-6:30pm

1080 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209

Come taste Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye from Brand Ambassador, Bill Carter and learn the history. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle to take home.


Thursday, September 22


pearl wine co. tasting | 4:00-7:00pm

886 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210

Come taste Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey from the founder, Owen Locke. Learn the history of Locke + Co Distilling and try Colorado’s best rye whiskey. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle to take home.


Friday, September 23


bevy's liquor world - littleton | 3:00-6:00pm

5869 S Alkire St. Littleton, CO 80127

Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Brand Ambassador, Joe Anderson will be selling your favorite Colorado Rye Whiskey.


Wednesday, September 28


revival brews tasting | 6:00-8:00pm

27845 CO-74 Evergreen, CO 80439

Come down and taste Colorado’s very own Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey with Founder Owen Locke.


Friday, September 30


hugo's colorado beer & spirits tasting | 4:00-8:00pm

1205 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Start your weekend off right by tasting and learning the history of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye from Brand Ambassador, Bill Carter.


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The Best Ryes in America Broken Down by State

Are you curious about the best rye whiskeys in the nation? We were, too, so we put together this handy blog. 

We started Locke + Co inspired by a great American tradition—the art of rye whiskey. 

From the cowboys passing a flask of their finest as they roamed the range to Jazz musicians sipping manhattans, rye is an inescapable expression of American identity. 

To celebrate a genuine classic, we’ve assembled a little guide to our favorite American rye facts, figures, and lore, plus a list of the best rye whiskeys you can find in every state.

Let’s start with the basics. 

Photo Collogue of Rick Tally, Owen Locke & Locke +Co-Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey

What is rye whiskey?

Rye whiskeys must adhere to strict legal requirements to distinguish themselves from other whiskey styles. 

First, there’s the rye itself—regulations (and tradition) state that over half the mash bill must be rye. Producers supplement their rye with other grains and starches to provide the sugars necessary to kick off fermentation, including wheat, malted barley, or corn. 

The liquor produced by this mash can’t be mixed with any other spirits to be considered pure rye. 

Then there’s the time it takes to make it. 

That initial liquor produced by the fermented wort is extracted and diluted to around 125 proof before aging, as certified rye whiskey can’t be higher than 160 proof. To create straight rye, producers need to account for at least two years of maturation, which helps create a rich, complex liquor.

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Why is rye whiskey so good?

Women in a hat drinking Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey straight from the bottle

Compared to bourbon, rye is known for its spicier, more complex, and generally more assertive flavor. While tasting notes vary from brand to brand, rye is usually known for oaky, smoky, and spicy notes that make for a profoundly satisfying sipping experience. 

So what makes rye whiskey so dang delicious? There are several factors, but for us, the barrel makes the beverage. 

Aged with mature aspen discs, our rye has irresistible caramel apple, toffee, and butterscotch notes that remind us of the feeling of sitting around a Colorado campfire. 

If you compare a bottle of Locke + Co’s finest with some of our other favorite producers on the list, you’ll quickly see that rye has a distinctive terroir that means no two bottles are alike.

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Which state within the US produces the best rye whiskey?

Bourbon is strongly linked with Kentucky, which produces around 95% of the juice on the market, but the rye world is a little loosy-goosy. And in our opinion, that’s a good thing!

Historically midwestern states like Indiana and Pennsylvania were known for their ryes. Still, these days a lot of the action is happening out west, in states like Colorado, Wyoming, and California, which are gaining attention for their growing small-batch distillery movements.

If you’re someone who likes your rye handcrafted and carefully brewed, the west is a great bet.

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Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey Barrels Aging and Two American Flags hanging from the ceiling

What state produces the most whiskey?

Although they specialize primarily in bourbon, Kentucky is considered the nation’s top whiskey-producing region, churning out approximately 2.4 million barrels a year, the highest rate in modern history, with Tennessee close behind.

These days, Kentucky also leads the nation in rye production, churning out 56% of all rye on the market, although states like Vermont and Utah are hot on their trail.

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What are the different Rye styles?

There are as many rye styles as there are producers, but here are the significant categories of rye that connoisseurs should know:

  • Kentucky or Straight Rye

Based on the classic 51% blend, this full-bodied and spicy rye style is sometimes called “barely legal” rye whiskey since it contains a minimum percentage of the grain. 

  • Pennsylvania or Monongahela Rye

With little or no corn in the mash, this style is a big whiskey with notes of warm spices that captures all the tasting notes of a classic rye recipe.

  • Maryland Rye

A corn-based mash makes this rye style extra sweet. They were fortified in the old days with fruit juices and prunes for sugary appeal.

  • Indiana Rye

A high level of rye in the mash (up to 95%) is big on flavor, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla notes.

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The Best Rye Whiskey in Every State

Now you know the rules of rye, let’s find out where to get the best bottles in every state!

A note before we begin—some states don’t yet produce rye (heartbreaking, we know). In those instances, we’ve tracked down a great local whiskey producer where you can pick up a bottle, enjoy a tour, and maybe drop some hints about stepping up their rye game while you’re in town. 

But that’s only three states. Every other producer on this list makes mean American rye, just what you need for a patriotic tasting of your own.

Alabama

  • Clyde May’s – Since 1946
  • Black Patch Distilling Company


Alaska

  • Port Chilkoot Distillery


Arizona

  • Santan Spirits
  • Rodeo Rye Whiskey


Arkansas

  • Rock Town Arkansas Rye Whiskey


California

  • Wolves Whiskey
  • Redwood Empire Whiskey
  • Sonoma Distilling Company
  • Alley 6 Rye Whiskey
  • Blinking Owl Rye Whiskey
  • Spirit Works Distillery
  • California Distilled Spirits
  • Lost Lantern


Colorado

  • Locke + Co. Distilling
  • Bear Creek Distillery
  • Leopold Bros.
  • Deerhammer Distillery
  • Laws Whiskey House
  • Woody Creek Distillers
  • Axe and The Oak Distillery


Connecticut

  • Litchfield Distillery
  • SONO 1420 American Craft Distillers
  • Mine Hill Distillery
  • White Hills Distillery


Delaware

  • Painted Stave Distilling


District of Columbia

  • One Eight Distilling


Florida

  • Timber Creek Distillery
  • NJoy Spirits Distillery
  • Manifest Distilling


Georgia

  • Resurgens Rye
  • Moonrise Distillery
  • Independent Distilling


Hawaii

Hawaii doesn’t have local rye available in mainland stores, but if you’re in Maui, stop by Hali’imaile Distilling Company for an unforgettable tour and tasting experience.


Idaho

  • Seven Devils Rye
  • Glacier Distilling Company
  • Rose City Distilling
  • Bardenay Distillery


Illinois

  • Koval Distillery
  • FEW Spirits
  • Oppidan Spirits


Indiana

  • Rossville Union
  • Doc Swinson’s Whiskey
  • Stellum Spirits
  • Hard Truth
  • Starlight Distillery
  • Bone Snapper Rye Whiskey
  • Copper & Cask


Iowa

  • Templeton Distillery


Kansas

Available only in person at their distillery in Kansas City, J. Rieger & Co is the first Kansas producer to make a straight rye whiskey since prohibition.


Kentucky

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Michter’s American Whiskeys
  • Old Rip Van Winkle ‘Pappy Van Winkle’s
  • Angel’s Envy
  • Willett Family Estate
  • Sazerac
  • Barrell Seagrass Rye Whiskey
  • Pikesville Distillery
  • Rittenhouse Rye


Louisiana

  • Nola Distillery
  • Exclave Spirits


Maine

  • StroudWater Distillery
  • Tamworth Distilling


Maryland

  • Sagamore Spirit
  • Baltimore Spirits Co


Massachusetts

  • Short Path Distillery
  • Chattermark Distillers


Michigan

  • Coppercraft Distillery
  • Grand Traverse Distillery
  • Iron Fish Distillery


Minnesota

  • Far North Spirits
  • Tattersall Distilling


Mississippi

  • Cody Road Rye Whiskey
  • O.H. Ingram River Aged


Missouri

  • Still 630
  • Woodsmen Distilling


Montana

  • Wildrye Distilling
  • Glacier Distilling Company


Nebraska

Nebraska hasn’t gotten into the rye game, but if you’re passing through Moorefield, stop at the Lazy RW for a sip of frontier whiskey and a distillery tour.


Nevada

  • Frey Ranch Whiskey Farmers


New Hampshire

  • Tamworth Distilling
  • Flag Hill Distillery and Winery
  • Dj Inn Spirits


New Jersey

  • Long Branch NJ Distillery
  • Colts Neck Stillhouse
  • All Points West Distillery
  • Claremont Spirits


New Mexico

  • Taos Lightning
  • Taylor Garrett


New York

  • Black Button Distilling
  • Coppersea Distilling
  • Finger Lakes Distilling


North Carolina

  • Mother Earth Spirits
  • Fainting Goat Spirits
  • Doc Porter’s Rye


North Dakota

  • Glacier Distilling Company


Ohio

  • Oilfire Whiskey
  • Leadslingers Fighting Spirit Rye


Oklahoma

  • Oilfire Whiskey
  • Leadslingers Fighting Spirit Rye


Oregon

  • Oregon Spirit Distillers
  • Burnside Whiskey
  • Stein Distillery


Pennsylvania

  • Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey
  • Wigle Whiskey
  • Bluebird Distilling
  • Liberty Pole Spirits


Rhode Island

  • Sea Fog Rye Whiskey


South Carolina

  • Virgil Kain Ribbon-Rail Rye
  • Burnt Church Distillery


South Dakota

  • SD Strong Distilling


Tennessee

  • Heaven’s Door Straight Rye Whiskey
  • George Dickel Rye Whisky
  • Riverset Rye
  • Standard Proof Wildflower Rye
  • Prichard’s Rye Whiskey
  • Nashville Barrel Small Batch Rye


Texas

  • Balcones Distilling
  • Garrison Brothers Distillery
  • Ranger Creek
  • Devil’s River Whiskey


Utah

  • High West Distillery
  • Sugar House Distillery


Vermont

  • Mad River Distillers
  • WhistlePig
  • Appalachian Gap Distillery


Virginia

  • George Washington Distillery
  • Appalachian Heritage Distillery
  • Copper Fox Distillery
  • Five Mile Mountain Distillery
  • Reservoir Distillery

Washington

  • Woodinville
  • Fremont Mischief


West Virginia

  • West Virginia Fruit and Berry
  • Catoctin Creek


Wisconsin

  • Driftless Glen
  • Great Lakes Distillery


Wyoming

  • Bush Creek Distillery
  • Pine Bluffs Distilling



The Top Colorado Whiskeys for 2022

Need some help finding your new favorite Colorado whiskey? 

Look no further than the brands on this list. 

Maybe our famous crystal clear mountain waters make Colorado’s whiskeys so exciting. Or, perhaps it’s our high-altitude climate and rugged western spirit. 

Whatever the case, it’s undeniable that Colorado is making its mark on the lips of serious whiskey drinkers nationwide. 

If you’re exploring the world of whiskey, Colorado-style, our list is an excellent starting point. 

Here are our picks for the top ten Colorado whiskeys you should search high and low for in 2022. Whether mixed in a cocktail, sipped neat from your Glencairn, or enjoyed straight from the bottle (after all, it’s Colorado, and we’re rugged), here’s what we’ll be sipping this year. 

Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey

We put our aspen-aged rye whiskey in the top spot. Why? Because it’s the perfect introduction to Colorado’s unique flavors, and it’s our favorite whiskey to sip neat. 

We’re whiskey-loving artisans, and we use heritage distilling techniques to produce one of the best rye whiskeys available. 

Locke + Co Aspen-Aged Rye Whiskey features notes of burnt sugar caramel, poached pear, and a complex woodiness imparted by the hand-cut and hand-charred aspen discs included in each barrel. 

For our money, it’s the best Colorado rye whiskey for unwinding around a campfire—or sitting in your living room.

A Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey Bottle in an Aspen tree

Stranahan's Mountain Angel

At over one hundred dollars per bottle, Stranahan’s Mountain Angel is considerably pricier than most whiskeys on this list. Still, it’s an excellent special occasion sipper. 

Mountain Angel is Stranahan’s oldest, rarest release. The juice is aged ten years in charred oak barrels amid Colorado’s arid, alpine climate, boosting the evaporation commonly known as the “angel’s share.”  

This creates an ultra-concentrated high-quality whiskey with notes of sweet molasses and dark caramel – best served over ice.


Deerhammer American Single Malt

At over one hundred dollars per bottle, Stranahan’s Mountain Angel is considerably pricier than most whiskeys on this list. Still, it’s an excellent special occasion sipper. 

Mountain Angel is Stranahan’s oldest, rarest release. The juice is aged ten years in charred oak barrels amid Colorado’s arid, alpine climate, boosting the evaporation commonly known as the “angel’s share.”  

This creates an ultra-concentrated high-quality whiskey with notes of sweet molasses and dark caramel – best served over ice.


Breckenridge Rum Cask Finish Bourbon

If you enjoy whiskey with an unexpected flavor twist, you’ll probably love Breckenridge Rum Cask Finish Bourbon. Infused with fruit and spices, it’s excellent in a tropical rum punch.

Aging happens in barrels previously used to create spiced rum, soaking in the flavor of roots, barks, herbs, spices, and dried fruit peels to develop this unique whiskey. 

The whiskey moves in once the rum is finished, creating a mild yet sweet spirit perfect for folks starting their Colorado whiskey journey.


Leopold Bros Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey

In 1999, two brothers at the forefront of America’s burgeoning craft whiskey movement founded Leopold Bros. Today, the brand is one of Colorado’s most beloved and respected spirits producers.

One of their latest creations, Leopold Bros Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey, has a spicy cinnamon coffee charm, with a subtle toffee sweetness that makes this bottle perfect for blending into an Old Fashioned.

Keep it simple: bourbon, bitters, maraschino cherry, orange peel, sugar cube – muddle, stir with ice, sip, enjoy, rinse and repeat.


Woody Creek Colorado Straight 100% Rye Whiskey

This Colorado rye whiskey earns its place on the list for both the drinking experience it offers and the locally minded ethos behind its creation. 

With a subtle, ultra-dry flavor featuring floral aromas and notes of black pepper, Woody Creek’s Colorado Straight 100% rye whiskey is a smooth drinker true enthusiasts will appreciate.


291 Small Batch Colorado Bourbon

Like our top pick, Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey, 291 Small Batch Colorado Bourbon is finished with aspen for an ultra-complex finish.

The staves 291 uses are toasted, making this small-batch whiskey incredibly smoky, with a strong campfire aroma that undergirds a maple sugar sweetness. Perfect for use in a classic whiskey sour.


Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Bonded

We love this bottle from Laws because it’s like sipping a sliver of Colorado whiskey history.

The makers of the first Bottled in Bond whiskey in Colorado history, it’s produced following the requirements of the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act, using a seriously old school approach.

Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Bonded is aged in a federally bonded rickhouse for four years.

It’s the product of a single season, per the act. With an orange blossom and honey sweetness, it’s a delicious sip of the past that makes a great Manhattan!


TIN CUP Straight Rye

While it’s one of the best-known Colorado whiskeys for casual drinkers across the US, TIN CUP has a little secret—it’s distilled and aged in Indiana!

But it still earns a place on any list of Colorado whiskeys because it’s named after the town of Tin Cup, a storied mining community where miners carried whiskey and gold in the same small tin vessels. So with a cute tin lid to sip from, it’s a nice homage to Colorado whiskey’s roots.


Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Like TIN CUP, Old Elk isn’t a straight-up Colorado-made product, as it’s made in distilleries in New York, Indiana, and Fort Collins, Colorado.

With a robust burnt oak and caramel flavor, Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey also has a light coca sweetness, with a hint of cinnamon spice. With a mild, velvety mouthfeel, it’s easy to sip neat as you contemplate the whiskey wonders to come.


So there you have it—our list of Colorado’s top ten whiskeys in 2022; it’s time to get sipping.


Locke + Co Old Fashioned on a wood table next to a bottle of Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey

Locke + Co. at Vendetta's in Vail, CO

Locke + Co. Distilling: Check out our featured house cocktail at Vendetta’s Italian Restaurant in Vail, Colorado!

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old fashioned

The Locke + Co Old Fashioned is our take on the traditional cocktail, featuring Locke  + Co Aspen-aged rye whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, orange, and Luxardo cherry.

Don’t miss your chance to indulge in this high-country libation at Vendetta’s Italian Restaurant in Vail, Colorado.




Owen Locke holding a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey at Rino liquors

University of Denver Interviews DU Alum Owen Locke

Our very own Owen Locke & DU Alumni recently sat down with Sarah Satterwhite of the University of Denver to discuss all things Locke + Co (and more).

Owen Locke holding a bottle of Locke + Co. Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey at Rino liquors

We’re a humble bunch, but we’ll occasionally sit down for a drink and a chat, especially with our local university, and share our passion for whiskey and community.

And that’s precisely what Locke + Co co-founder Owen Locke recently did with his alma mater, the University of Denver.

So visit their site to learn about Owen’s journey from DU graduate to producing Colorado’s finest aspen-aged rye whiskey.

And if you’re attending DU or plan to, learn why his journey at Daniels College of Business was paramount in achieving his entrepreneurial goals.

So, what are you waiting for?

Head over to the University Denver to read the feature. 


RepYourWater Black Manhattan Cocktail on a table with lure making materials, Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey & a bottle of Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

RepYourWater Black Manhattan

RepYourWater’s inspiration this winter is a warming cocktail and sparse flies.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Mix all ingredients in a RepYourWater Predator Crystal Glass

Source
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RepYourWater Black Manhattan Playlist

13 songs, 47 min

RepYourWater Co-founder Garrison Doctor created this playlist to be played while drinking this cocktail from Locke + Co distilling. Enjoy the RepYourWater Black Manhattan Playlist and hit play.

Even though Garrison has no direct family members that fish, his love for fish and fishing was evident at a very early age. After he begged his dad for his first fly rod on his 10th birthday, this passion was sealed. His love for art and design also carried throughout his life. RepYourWater is a combination and vision of these pursuits. If he is not in the RepYourWater office working on a new design, he may be out in “Big Blue”, his trusty raft, throwing a streamer at a juicy bank and soaking in the wild.

Garrison Doctor Holding a fish in a river

picture provided by Garrison Doctor

RepYourWater Black Manhattan Cocktail on a table with lure making materials, Locke + Co Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey & a bottle of Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters

picture by RepYourWater