Corridor 44’s The Scarlet Thread

Stay warm and celebratory with this upscale cocktail you can make at home from one of Denver's favorite bars.

Photo by Joni Schrantz

“This is a fairly simple cocktail for the at-home bartender that will warm up your guests after just one sip.”Malcolm Fuller, Bartender/Mixology Expert

Corridor 44 has created a flawless champagne cocktail to warm you from the inside out.

The Scarlet Thread

1 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. Bénédictine
1/4 oz. Pimm’s
1/2 oz. lemon juice
splash of Brut Champagne

1. Muddle together the blackberries, 1 1/2 sprig of rosemary, and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add the bourbon, Bénédictine, Pimm’s, and lemon juice.
3. Shake and double strain the cocktail into a Champagne coupe glass.
4. Top with Brut Champagne and garnish with 1 beautiful sprig of rosemary.

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Photo by Joni Schrantz

Bartender: Malcolm Fuller

What do you enjoy most about bartending at Corridor 44?

“I was drawn to the Champagne aspect when I started bartending. I took my sommelier exam but got away from focusing on wine. Then I started at Corridor 44 and it opened my eyes to the Champagne world. It helped me reinvigorate my wine knowledge. The champagne lineup is fantastic and includes Delamotte, Salon, and the more popular Moët & Chandon.” On average, how many Champagne Cocktails do you make in an evening? “On a busy night, I’d probably say 200 on the low end and 100 on a slow night.”

Favorite garnish?

“Sushi citrus, like lemon. The thin slices are very ornate and form the fruit into a conical shape. The use of delicate Amalfi lemon peels that were created at the DUKES Bar in London.”

Do you order a classic cocktail or the restaurant’s specialty cocktail?

“If I’m going to a bar I haven’t been to before, I start with the restaurant’s specialty cocktail and for the second round I order a classic cocktail. This helps me feel them out a bit for their bartending skills and mixology.”

What’s one thing every bar should have?

“Chartreuse. But in reality, I’d say a wide range of liquors; Corridor 44 does a good job of supplying a very curated selection of liquors.”