What a week — you deserve one of these 11 grapefruit cocktails

It’s hotter than a habanero roasted on the surface of the sun, Denver, and it’s going to stay that way for a while. What we all need right now is nice refreshing drink.

The Meadowlark Kitchen's Smoked Margarita, Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
The Meadowlark Kitchen's Smoked Margarita, Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
The Meadowlark Kitchen’s Smoked Margarita, Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s hotter than a habanero roasted on the surface of the sun, Denver, and it’s going to stay that way for a while. (Or so history and science would indicate.) What we all need right now is nice refreshing drink.

And make it a grapefruit drink — the perfect elixir for a brutally hot day.

But don’t take it from us.

“Grapefruit is the perfect citrus for a summer cocktail,” said Jake Soffes, owner of Hudson Hill and expert cocktail crafter. “It has excellent balance of sweetness, acidity, flavor and color that makes it easy to pair and mix with almost any flavor profile.”

Here are 10 delicious grapefruit cocktails you can sip in Denver, including whiskey drinks, vodka drinks, gin drinks, pisco drinks and, naturally, a couple variations on the classic paloma. Plus, a simple recipe for all you beautiful homebodies. 


Standard Etiquette $7
Served at Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 1001 S. Santa Fe Drive
Whiskey, grapefruit and honey.


"Monty’s Revenge" found at Asbury Provisions on South University Boulevard. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
“Monty’s Revenge” found at Asbury Provisions on South University Boulevard. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Monty’s Revenge  $8
Served at Asbury Provisions, 2043 S. University Blvd.
Tequila, jalapeno, honey, grapefruit, Ancho Reyes ancho chile liquor, lime juice and a salted rim.


"Paloma," served at Leña on Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado
The paloma served at Leña on Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Paloma  $8
Served at Leña, 24 Broadway
Peligroso tequila, lime, grapefruit and Fresca.


The "Palomita," found at El Chingon on Tennyson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
The “Palomita,” found at El Chingon on Tennyson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Palomita  $9
Served at El Chingon, 4326 Tennyson St.
El Portico, fresh-squeezed grapefruit, lime juice, grapefruit soda and a peppercorn rim.


The "Paloma," illuminated at Paxia Bar on Tejon. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
A paloma illuminated at Paxia Bar on Tejon. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Paloma  $10
Served at Paxia Bar, 4001 Tejon St.
Casa Noble Tequilla Silver, fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, lime juice and agave nectar.


"Clark and Daphne" at the bar at Chow Urban Grill on Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
“Clark and Daphne” at the bar at Chow Urban Grill on Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Clark and Daphne  $10
Served at Chow Urban Grill, 3570 E. Colfax Ave.
Honey, gin, grapefruit and rhubarb bitters.


The Meadowlark Kitchen's Smoked Margarita, Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
The Meadowlark Kitchen’s Smoked Margarita, Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Smoked Margarita  $10
Served at Meadowlark Kitchen, 2705 Larimer St.
Tequila, citrus, jalepeño, grapefruit juice and smoked salt.


The "Pomplamoose Pisco" served at The Nickel, downtown on 14th Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
The “Pomplamoose Pisco” served at The Nickel, downtown on 14th Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Pomplamoose Pisco  $12
Served at The Nickel, 1100 14th St.
La Caravedo pisco, St. German, grapefruit juice, thyme simple syrup and blood orange caviar.


"Suze, Susie, Suzy" rests on the bar at home at Hudson Hill on 13th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; grapefruit cocktail; denver; drinks; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
“Suze, Susie, Suzy” rests on the bar at home at Hudson Hill on 13th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Suze, Susie, Suzy  $12                                                          
Served at Hudson Hill, 619 E. 13th Ave.
Grapefruit, lavender, gentian, vodka and plum.


For the homebodies:

Keep it simple: Greyhound

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. grapefruit juice

If you’re fancy: Hemingway Daquiri

  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.