Lee Spirits Co., those mad scientists of Colorado Springs booze, reached out to the Food Report to announce a new fall menu at its downtown gin joint Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street. The distillery’s been tearing it up since opening, launching its Ginfuego yesterday in addition to original flavors like cocoa and lavender; the launch of its barrel-aged gin; and hosting classes like its GinFusion course, which teaches how to infuse gin.
The Wobbly Olive’s co-owner Sean Fitzgerald, an accomplished bartender in his own right, recently became the official brand amabassador for Lee Spirits. All this is in addition to older victories, like peeling off the talent of mixologists — and co-creator of the gin recipes — Nate Windham (formerly of The Mezzanine, et al.), and Erika Mullet (from The Principal’s Office and The Blue Star), who now manages Brooklyn’s.
But about that new menu: “Fall is by far my favorite season of flavors,” says Mullet in an email to the Report. “Cinnamon, apple, firewood — yes, that’s a flavor! — it’s like a constant bear hug inside your mouth, leaving you feeling happy and craving more. That’s the goal for this new menu!”
• The Hipster: Fernet, apple-cinnamon butter syrup and Ginfuego with a crunchy gingersnap cookie. (This thing needs to be renamed The Christmas, yo.)
• The Saucy Lady: Pink-peppercorn-infused gin, grenadine, egg whites and lemon. “Creamy, sweet with a hint of peppery spice,” says Mullet by way of description.
• The Tina Collins, “Tom’s sister who happens to be a flapper”: Lemon marmalade, lavender gin, sparkling wine, garnished with a Luxardo cherry.
• The Naughty Cocoa: Served warm, and basically adult hot chocolate, it’s made of cocoa powder, créme de cocoa, gin and sweetened condensed milk.
“This just names a few of the new choices,” writes Mullet. “As exciting as the cocktails are, there is also new cocktail guiding maps. As if the flowchart wasn’t enough! Check out ‘What does your drink say about you?’ Adventurous? Exciting? Play it safe? To the point?”
It’s all good either way.