The Vanilla-Hibiscus Apple Orchard - FILE PHOTO
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The end of August in Colorado means there's a touch of fall in the air, and just like the foliage, the flavors in your cocktails will soon be changing.

It's not a time to settle for your standard well-and-whatever drink order at the bar, or at home for that matter. Back in 2015 local mixologist Adam Gasper, from the former V-Bar downtown, asked us for the chance to "show you how I plan to convert the world away from rum-and-Cokes and vodka Red Bulls, one cocktail at a time," a delivered this Vanilla-Hibiscus Apple Orchard recipe. 
On the surface it's a pretty intimidating drink to make, calling for a homemade spiced vanilla-hibiscus apple Demerara syrup and a wealth of ingredients, but after the labor comes the love, and this drink does not disappoint. Our rendition of the recipe would only call for minor tweaks, like subbing Axe and the Oak or another Springs' distiller for the Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey (same for the local Stranahan's option mentioned), and maybe swapping the Benedictine liquor with the local favorite Decc, from Distillery 291.

If you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, though, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:


Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House!

Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm!


Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!


Jake & Telly's happy Hour 3-6pm Monday-Friday! Come enjoy our Greek happy hour with small plate and drink specials! Sit out on the deck and enjoy beautiful views of Pike’s Peak and the hustle and bustle of Colorado Avenue. Try out some of our Greek specialties and don’t forget to ask for a free shot of OUZO - OPA!


Peak 31 happy hour all day long 7 days a week, .75 cents off everything! Power Hour Everyday 3-4 & 9-10; $2 Domestic Drafts - $2.50 Specialties & Micro, $2.50 well, $2.50 Wines!


M-F from 4p-6p and from 9p to close! Odyssey Gastropub, your favorite downtown destination and winner of 26 Indy Best Of awards in the last three years with a great happy hour which include both food and drink specials! Can’t wait to see you!

Happy hour daily 4:06-6pm and 9pm-close! The Bench is downtown’s ONLY sports bar and eatery and is the sister restaurant to acclaimed Odyssey Gastropub! Come join us for our happy hour featuring food and drink specials as well as all our game time specials! Football is here! Eat – Drink – Cheer!

Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm.

Coquette's happy Hour daily 4-6pm! Dine indoors or on the patio! Specials: $5-$8 Crepe
Bites, Fried Pickles, Beet & Avocado Melange, Thai Chicken Skewers. Popcorn Chicken and Caprese Skewers! $4 house wine, $3 wells & $2 off canned beer/cider. All GF all the time! Cocktails & cupcakes at the bakery!

Jack Quinn's happy Hour daily 3-6pm! Colorado Springs favorite Irish Pub! $3.50 Colorado
Domestics and well liquors $4 Imports and House Wines, $1 off bottled beers, and ½ off all appetizers. We have drink specials every night of the week! Check out our website for event and special information. Locally Owned.

Bar-K, downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7! Enjoy responsibly!
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