This article was produced in partnership with Breckenridge Distillery
Some of the best gifts are experiences: a dream vacation, a Michelin star meal, and an unforgettable concert. Drinking whiskey at the distillery where it’s made can be a great experience, too – but what if you can’t get there?
When it comes to Breckenridge DistilleryThis is not a problem. Billy KeithleyAt the internationally award-winning Distillery, Liquid Chef says anyone can experience the most important part of their hospitality at home by spending time enjoying Breckenridge spirits—especially after a day of fun outdoors.
“These are lovely straws — nice spirits to sit by the fireplace,” says Keithley, noting that while the whiskey and gin at Breckenridge stand on their own as an elegant pourer, they’re also perfect for cocktails. Keithley uses various ingredients like brown butter and pine sprigs to make her drinks, which range from light and fruity to spirit to forward and dark.
“When I start mixing and balancing a cocktail, I try to elevate that profile and bring out the spirit,” she adds.
Height is key to both Keithley’s recipes and the spirits themselves. Breckenridge Distillery is located at 9,600 feet above sea level, the highest in the world. Altitude affects the ripening of whiskeys and other brown spirits, and the pure Rocky Mountain water it uses is its secret weapon.
“We’re getting filtered ice melt, with the perfect mineral for our souls,” Keithley explains. Mineral-rich water not only allows the purest flavors of spirits to shine through, but also adds base texture. That velvety “chew” you get on a sip Breckenridge Bourbon? This is the water that works its magic.
Whether you’re a fan of bourbon, gin, or gently spiced whiskey, there’s a Breckenridge spirit—the perfect holiday cocktail recipe—to suit your tastes and elevate your holiday leisure. Top tip from Keithley: Use quality ingredients, ice and glassware – and have fun!