Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Ginger Collins |

Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Ginger Collins

by Samantha Johnston
Ginger Sour Cocktail
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2 ounces gin (substitute vodka if you don’t like gin)

½ ounce ginger liqueur (Domain de Canton is delicious)

4 ounces fresh lemon juice

2 ounces simple syrup

Club soda or ginger beer

Lime wedges and crystallized ginger for garnish

Directions: Add gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker. Shake just enough to mix. Strain over ice. Top with club soda/ginger beer and stir. Garnish glasses with a lime wedge and skewer of crystallized ginger.

The Ginger Collins is a drink that I first heard about while sitting at the bar at Colt & Gray in downtown Denver. It sounded ok (except that I hate gin). My good friend Jennifer Riley is a drink-making machine. She can make anything, make it taste amazing and make it seem special for whatever the event. When I told her it sounded awesome, except for the gin part, she quickly substituted vodka, and voila. The Ginger Collins (with vodka or gin) is my favorite go-to when friends stop by or impromptu. It’s easy to make, and it’s oh so tasty. I often serve this drink in a copper cup just like a Moscow Mule. It’s easy to make on the fly or in big batches ahead of time. If you always have a bottle of ginger liqueur on hand, you’re set.

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