Ben Anderson is the Beverage Manager of The Corner Office in Denver. He has elevated the bar program to new heights by developing unique beer and wine menu, as well as innovative drinks to serve Denver’s crowd. In 2013, Ben was awarded the “People’s Choice Award” for best cocktail at the 2013 Bombay Sapphire contest. His “Fig Mai Tai” has also won the “People’s Choice Award” for the best cocktail at Toques.
Ben’s creations have been featured on TV and in numerous publications. He has also a completed levels one and two International Sommelier Guide wine course under his belt. He has been in the bartending world for a long time, boasting years of experience as bar manager at Porter & Frye in Minneapolis. But his career started at Afton House Inn in Minnesota, where he honed his craft and discovered a passion for spirits, distilling, and cocktail creation.
Alcohol has proven warming effects to the body, and cognac does the job right, while delivering amazing flavors. We asked Ben why Cognac is his favorite ingredient in making his cocktails. He responded by saying, “Cognac is a versatile liquor. Though I love enjoying the dynamic flavors of it in a snifter after dinner, it’s a delicious ingredient in cocktails. For example, in What the Dickens, the pear and apple notes in the cognac blend well with the juices in the cocktail. Also, the warm vanilla and caramel flavors from the oak barrel aging of cognac balance out the bitters”
“What the dickens?” Cognac Cocktail
1 oz Mt Gay Eclipse
1/2 oz Cognac
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
3 dashes Peychaud Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1. Shake, strain over ice in Collins glass.
2. Top with soda.
3. Garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy!
The Corner Office is located at 1401 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202.[mappress mapid=”152″]
Hours of Operation
Monday ” Friday 6:00am ” 11:00am
Monday ” Friday 11:00am ” 3:00pm
Sunday ” Thursday 3:00pm ” 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 3:00pm ” 11:00pm