Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Cheshire Cat
Woody Creek Potato Vodka
Housemade raspberry simple syrup
Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Blackberry sugar rim
Summer is here! Need proof? One sure sign is when the food truck rolls into Woody Creek Distillers for Food Truck Fridays. Yes, beginning June 3 and continuing every Friday afternoon though fall (except for Food & Wine weekend), these happy hour happenings are totally happening. Ride your bike down to Basalt via the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen and reward yourself with eats from Open Fire Catering. On the menu: smoked ribs, smoked Colorado bass, roasted veggies, quinoa salad, roasted potatoes with pancetta, sesame noodle slaw and sweet Hawaiian rolls. Pair it up with a signature WCD cocktail, or one off the hometown distillery’s new summer cocktail menu — like the refreshingly sweet Cheshire Cat — and your summer weekends will be off to a great start.
“2023 predicted to be the Vintage of a Lifetime in Napa Valley,” proclaimed the headline this week in a press release sent out by the Napa Valley Vintners, the trade organization that represents the growers and producers in America’s most famed wine region. If there is anyone more optimistic than winemakers, it is the group that represents them.