Authored by Bre Patterson
Photography by Joni Schrantz
“This Impro’pear’ Behavior is often described as a fruited Manhattan, with a slight pear flavor, light and delicious. ” —Joshua David, Bar Manager at LoHi Steakbar
2 oz. Iwai Japanese whiskey
3/4 oz. Mathilde-Poire pear liqueur
1/2 oz. Dolin dry vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters
Mix all ingredients into a cocktail glass, add ice, and stir. Strain drink over fresh large ice cube in double old fashioned glass and add skewered cherry for garnish.
Ask the Bar Manager: Joshua David
When did you start bartending?
“I started bartending when I was 19 or 20. I’ve been in the industry for 14 years now, with six or so years of bartending experience.”
What’s your proudest accomplishment behind the bar?
“Anytime I come up with a new cocktail or concoct a ‘bartender’s choice and the result is delish for the guest, I feel a sense of accomplishment.”
What’s your favorite bar tool?
“The Kilpatrick fine strainer. A relatively new tool that combines the Hawthorne strainer with a fine strainer. Sours and fizzes are much easier to clean up with that tool.”
Most unusual drink request?
“The drink itself wasn’t an unusual one, quite tasty if I remember [correctly]. It was a take on a Manhattan but the guest requested a specific drink that his favorite YouTube bartender had concocted. It was a fun scenario, just unusual for someone to request a drink they saw someone else make online.”
What do you enjoy most about bartending at LoHi Steakbar?
“The passion that [co-owner] Joe Pettenger has for this industry and for his restaurant flows into every drink I pour. Without him at the helm, LoHi SteakBar would be just another steak joint in Denver.”
3200 Tejon St.