It's summertime and the spirits are fine, but a great cocktail starts with quality ingredients.

You can grab a bottle of sickly sweet mixers, a can of soda and the cheapest liquor you can find for your DIY drinks, or you can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge at a craft liquor store like Coaltrain Wine & Spirits to elevate your summer libations.

Outside of its impressive inventory of specialty spirits, fine wines and craft beers, Coaltrain stocks everything you need for the recipes below. A one-stop-shop for the season's sipping.

Bee's Knees


  • 2 oz. Lee Spirits Dry Gin
  • .75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Honey Syrup
  • 1 citrus twist

Shake ingredients with ice and strain;
Garnish with citrus twist



1.5 oz. Milagro Blanco Tequila
.5 oz. Cointreau (Triple Sec)
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 lime wedge

Salt the glass rim;
Shake ingredients with ice and strain

Rye Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz. Bulleit Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz. Simple syrup
  • 2 Dashes Fee Old Fashioned Bitters
  • 2 Dashes Fee Orange Bitters
  • 1 Orange peel
  • 1 Luxardo Cherry

Stir ingredients with Ice and strain into glass with ice;
Garnish with expressed orange peel and Luxardo cherry



  • 2 oz. fruit juice
  • Half Glass Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
Mix ingredients in glass;
Garnish with citrus twist or fruit flag



  • 2 oz. Avuá Cachaca
  • 2 tsp. Light brown sugar
  • 1-half lime, quartered
Muddle limes and brown sugar in a rocks glass;
Add Cachaca, ice and roll cocktail in glass;
Garnish with lime wedge

Brought to you by Coaltrain: What began as casual party conversation more than 36 years ago is now Colorado Springs' premier location for fine wine, craft beer and craft spirits: Coaltrain. With an impressive inventory of craft spirits and liqueurs (as well as nearly 1,500 different beers and wine from every wine-producing country on the planet) Coaltrain stocks products for every palate and budget.


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