Welcome, Colorado summer 2020! While the world is a much different place right now, void of all the traditional summer concerts, visits to theme parks, and trips to the crowded beach, we do still get to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air here on the gorgeous Front Range, and that’s nothing to scoff at. To help you soak up those rays and bask in the divine, we’ve collected up some of our favorite Colorado summer libations to help you forget about all the chaos on the news. 

At Northstar Liquor Superstore in Johnstown, we’ve got everything you need to make your whole summer just a little bit better. For all your favorite classics and the ingredients for our tasty recipes, stop by our liquor superstore or browse our entire inventory online for pickup or delivery in Johnstown. 

Quarantini and Chill

Been held up in your home all spring and all the cleaning’s been done 10 times over? Now’s the time to sit back, relax, and boost your immune system with this delicious adult beverage. Shake off those quarantine blues and put this in your shaker — no pants required.

  • 1.5 oz of your favorite Vodka (gin works too) — if you’re still on quarantine, go ahead and make this bad boy a double
  • Lemon — squeeze a wedge in and garnish with one too
  • 1 packet Emergen-C
  • A dollop of local honey
  • A splash of vermouth (optional)

Rim your glass with half of the Emergen-C packet, using a little bit of honey. In your shaker, mix your liquor of choice, the remaining honey, and the squeeze of lemon. Give it a good shake, pour it over a few cubes of ice, and enjoy. This quarantine twist on the classic martini packs a few punches of immune-boosting support in the Emergen-C, the honey, the added vitamin C (lemon), and of course, the germ-killing alcohol. Add a splash of vermouth to make it a classic martini We can’t guarantee you won’t catch COVID, but we can guarantee it tastes delicious and is sure to make lockdown a little more bearable. Just be sure to wash your hands!

Mountain Home Brew

Here in colorful Colorado, we love our craft beer, our mountain hikes (and bikes), our fresh air, and rich coffee. This rich and smooth drink combines our love of coffee with our love of creamy liqueur — a true treasure you can load in your thermos and hit the trails with. 

  • 1.5 oz. coffee-flavored liqueur — try the original Kahlua 
  • 1.5 oz. Vodka 
  • 12 oz. root beer, cream soda, or cola
  • 1 oz. heavy whipping cream (or your favorite coffee creamer)

Combine ingredients, pour over crushed ice, and gently swirl or stir. To give this drink that extra kick, swap out the cola for a stout coffee IPA (try Founders Breakfast Stout) and swap the other ingredients for a freezer-chilled glass. 

Front Range Mule

The Colorado version of the Moscow Mule includes fresh, crisp liqueurs and garnishes. The Front Range version does not fall far from the proverbial libation tree. We think this drink is the perfect nightcap for a backyard fire and tastes the best when served along the roaring Poudre River. 

  • 2 oz. of your favorite whiskey
  • 1 oz. blackberry or cherry liqueur
  • Ginger beer — try Kure’s Ginger Beer (made local in Loveland, CO)
  • A squeeze of fresh lime and a wedge to garnish

Pour the first two ingredients over crushed ice into a copper mug — you can use the classic mule mugs, but we much prefer the traditional enamelware camping mug. Slowly pour in the ginger beer, squeeze in lime juice, garnish, and enjoy as you gaze and the pink and orange sunset. 

Purple Mountain Majesty

This mixed drink is crisp, aeromatic, and just the right amount of bubbly. Reminiscent of the Colorado sunset and amber waves of grain, this smooth drink needs its own hammock tethered between two pines.  

Combine the first two ingredients over ice in a mason jar, slowly pour in champagne, give it a little stir, garnish with fresh, plump blackberries.

Beach Breeze

This last drink helps your taste buds escape from the mountains and onto the beaches somewhere yonder. To get the full tropical experience, spritz yourself with tanning oil and enjoy this drink in a hot tub, in the heat of the afternoon, or with your toes buried in your kid’s sandbox. 

  • 1 oz. coconut rum or vanilla Vodka — try Cruzan Coconut Rum
  • 4 oz. cold grapefruit juice
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • Lime wedge garnish

Mix all ingredients in a shaker, pour over crushed ice, garnish, and enjoy! This mixed drink is also great for making by the pitcher and toting along to your favorite beach shore. Be sure to pour over fresh ice for ultimate summer refreshment. 

Whatever your summer plans look like, at Northstar Liquor Superstore, we’ve got the right ingredients for you including liquor, beer, mixers, and garnishes. Available in a wide variety of sizes, at prices you can afford, there’s no reason you can’t stock up your Northern Colorado home bar to make it through the summer today. Stop by our Johnstown location or browse our entire inventory online and order for pickup or delivery today.