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Denver's Best for Asian-Inspired Cocktails

Asia may be thousands of miles away, but you don’t have to jump on a plane to sip on great cocktails inspired by the world’s biggest continent. From sake-based libations to kimchi picklebacks, here are some of our favorite East-meets-West drinks.

  • Izakaya Den
    • Japanese
    • Platt Park
    Food
    27
    Decor
    -
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $43

    This cocktail is called Lost in Translation, but the only thing you’ll get lost in is the abundance of Asian flavors packed into one libation. Capping off the Asian pear sake cocktail is a lychee shrub.

  • ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
    • Asian
    • LoDo
    Food
    27
    Decor
    25
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $41

    Whiskey may seem like an old man’s drink, but this Asian bistro’s Old Saigon is suitable for any boozehound. The distilled spirit is mixed with housemade bitters, cherries, and a muddled Thai basil.

  • Bones
    • Noodle Shop
    • Capitol Hill
    Food
    26
    Decor
    18
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $30

    Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks in the world, so its presence in the form of an infused vodka in the Green Tea Classic Press makes this cocktail a little healthier. The one-two punch of ginger (in the forms of Canton Ginger and ginger beer) caps off this drink.

  • Tag Restaurant
    • Central Business District
    Food
    26
    Decor
    23
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $49

    In some cultures, "na zdravi" translates to “cheers” or “to your health”. You can certainly do both with this eclectic haunt’s Na Zdravi Toddi, which is made with the herbal liqueur Becherovka, fresh lemon, and a five-spice simple syrup.

  • Zengo
    • Asian
    • LoDo
    Food
    25
    Decor
    25
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $39

    Your common mojito is elevated with tropical flavors in the self-explanatory Passionfruit Lychee Mojito.

  • Parallel Seventeen
    • City Park West
    Food
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $26

    If you want your cocktail to scream "luxurious", look no further than the Sake Cavitini. The drink is laced with champagne and muddled fresh basil, and is garnished with a basil seed caviar.

    • Uptown
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    A frat house staple is given a Singaporean twist. The Chef’s Special comes with a tall can of Tiger Beer and a shot of bourbon, and is followed with a kimchi pickleback.

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