Quench Your Thirst with Regional Summertime Spirits

Whether you prefer herbaceous or fruity, classic or contemporary, spirits are the key component to any summertime cocktail. Sure, there are those who will say any frosty beverage will quench your thirst when a heat wave hits, but some libations are more refreshing than others—and it’s never a bad idea to have a few of these recipes on hand.

The Northern Rockies are brimming with small batch distilleries, and indigenous, seasonal ingredients that lend themselves to regionally specific cocktails. Add “drink local” to your philosophy of conscious consumerism, or just experiment with something fresh, by adding one of these tasty combinations to your repetoire.

These makers, mixers and shakers shared the secret ingredients in their favorite drink, so that you can take your next cocktail hour to another level. – The Editors

Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro

Enjoy Olive B’s Montana huckleberry-inspired cocktails this summer on our outdoor patio in Big Sky’s Meadow Village Center. Olive B’s was voted Best Date Night Restaurant in 2017 by Explore Big Sky newspaper readers, and features Continental cuisine, hand cut steaks, fresh fish, wild game and a noteworthy wine list. Join us for lunch or dinner, Monday through Saturday. 151 Center Lane, Big Sky, Montana. For reservations visit olivebsbigsky.com or opentable.com (406) 995-3355

The Spice & Tea Exchange

The Spice & Tea Exchange offers a wide selection of seasonings and exotic teas sure to please any food enthusiast or tea lover. 47 Town Center Avenue, Big Sky, Montana. spiceandtea.com/bigsky (406) 993-2163

Jackson Hole Still Works

Good friends, owners, and partners Chas Marsh and Travis Goodman are passionate about creating the highest quality grain-to-glass craft spirits, capturing the hard work ethic of the Western frontier into every bottle they produce. Each small batch of Jackson Hole Still Works liquor is produced by hand, which means that they have total control over every aspect of the distillation process. This begins with mashing their 100-percent Wyoming-sourced grains, to fermenting, expelling the alcohol, distilling, aging and bottling.

You can find our Great Grey Gin and Still Works Vodka on the shelves of your favorite Wyoming, Idaho, and—as of June 1—Montana bars and liquor stores. Do you want to see how it’s made and taste it at the source? Visit the distillery for a free tour and tasting. 3940 South Eagle View Drive, Jackson, Wyoming. jhstillworks.com (307) 699-8998