Say Cheers to the Best Cocktails in Breckenridge

Bellying up to the bar in Breckenridge has come a long way since the rough n’ tumble saloon days of the 1800s. While the historic charm of Breckenridge remains with hand-carved wooden bars and colorful Victorian buildings, Breckenridge has expertly mixed modernism with history. The craft cocktail movement continues to take root in Breckenridge with infused vodkas, cold-smoke cocktails, artisanal drinks and handcrafted libations. We don’t need any more reasons to say cheers with our favorite liquid treats and best cocktails in Breckenridge.

Best Cocktails in Breckenridge:

The Apple Manhattan

The icing on the top of this drink is just that – the ice. The house-made caramel ice cubes look cool, keep your drink cool and add a sweet lingering taste. “The whiskey with melting Carmel ice cubes is to die for,” says Breckenridge local Brittany Leigh Mier Y Teran.

What: Tincup Whiskey, Thatcher’s Organic Apple Spice Liqueur, House-Made Caramel Ice Cubes

Where: Briar Rose | 107 E. Lincoln Avenue | 970-453-9948

The Sexy Woman

She’s curvy and alluring and spicy. Hello there. Ember, the restaurant and bar known for experimentation, doesn’t shy away from … well, anything. Neither should you.

What: Jalapeno-infused vodka, passion fruit. Lime. Sugared Rim

Where: Ember | 106 E. Adams Avenue | 970-547-9595

Northern Lights

Norther Lights, one of the best cocktails in Breckenridge.
Northern Lights, one of the best cocktails in Breckenridge.

Like the Aurora Borealis, this drink flickers with color. What color? Good question. Ask your server. It changes daily depending on the bartender’s mood and artistry of the day. Modis has become known as the spot for happy hour and creative cocktails right on Main Street.

What: Vodka drink topped with St. Germain foam is always changing. Ask your server what color it is today.

Where: Modis | 113 S. Main Street | 970-453-4330

Pomegranate Mint Caipiroska

Known for their home-cookin’, the Motherloaded Tavern has one of the most diverse and creative cocktail menus. The MLT, as it’s known by the locals, features 15-30 seasonal house infusions.

What: House infused pomegranate mint vodka, fresh grown mint, fresh lime juice and a dash of mint infused simple syrup. Served in a mason jar.

Where: Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S. Main Street | 970-453-2572

Cold-Smoked Cocktails

For some bars, it’s all smoke and mirrors. At Modis, it’s all about smoke. The real deal. They cold smoke their cocktails with actual smoke with hickory, cherry wood, tea and even spices. Once you taste the smoky flavors, you might never go back to a regular cocktail.

What: Pay a little more and order your cocktail smoked. According to one reviewer on Trip Advisor, “it looks cool, smells cool and adds a subtle smoky flavor.”

WhereModis | 113 S. Main Street | 970-453-4330

Red Root

You won’t miss a beat or beet with this red beet infused cocktail. Blue River Bistro offers a bounty of alcohol infusions from vodka infused with strawberries, ginger, red beets and tequila infused with peaches.

What: Red Root/ infused beet vodka, triple sec, fresh lemon, white grapefruit juice 10

Where: Blue River Bistro | 305 N. Main Street| 970-453-6974

These are just some of our favorite cocktails. Many of them are made with Bourbon crafted right here in Breckenridge. Go directly to the source at the Breckenridge Distillery for a tasting or tour or both.

Don’t miss the opportunity to raise a pint or two at local breweries – the Breckenridge Brewery and Broken Compass Brewery. Looking to experience more of the pubs and bars in town? Here’s our guide to the ultimate pub crawl in Breckenridge.

Share your favorite cocktails on social with the hashtag #UnitedByBreck. Cheers to you.

By Breck Editorial

The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.

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