Cooper Lounge’s Dufftown Cobbler

Denver’s Cooper Lounge offers the full package with an extensive wine list, exquisite menu, and stunning views of Union Station’s great hall.

Photo by Jake Holschuh

“This cocktail is a fun riff on a traditional Sherry Cobbler. By adding a little Balvenie Doublewood to the recipe it gives the cobbler a little more attitude.” —Tony Meza, Cooper Lounge beverage director

Cooper Lounge Dufftown Cobbler

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 oz. Amontillado sherry
1/2 oz. Balvenie DoubleWood scotch
1/2 oz. Demerara syrup
3/4 oz. orange juice
3/4 oz. lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
Shake and strain into a fine Collins glass filled with pebble ice. Garnish with mint bouquet, orange wheel, and seasonal berries. Enjoy!

Photo by Jake Holschuh

Ask the Beverage Director Tony Meza

How did you get into the bar/ beverage industry?

“I started bartending at a Bennigan’s when I was 18 years old. It was a very corporate restaurant environment. That’s where I cut my teeth. It was a fun, busy, college town bar. Very loud, very smoky, and unpredictable.”

Are you a Colorado native?

“No, I was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. I came to visit my dad, who lives here, back in April 2005. I liked it so much that when I got back to Texas, I immediately packed up all of my things and moved into a tiny one bedroom apartment in Denver’s Capitol Hill.”

What is your go-to drink when you’re out on the town?

“I’m a sucker for good daiquiri made with just three ingredients: rum, sugar, and lime. If used correctly, they can produce a cocktail that is balanced, refreshing, and delicious.”

Now that restaurants and bars are back open, what do you find most patrons are looking for these days?

“I think we’re seeing the public come out looking for a connection to community—and what better way than to stop into your local bar to have a drink and chat up the person next to you? It is great to see people connecting again and trading stories about how we all made it through the last year.”