Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Marshmallow Cocktails
Yield: Approximately 2 dozen (depending on cut size)
1¼ cups warm water
2-pounds, 9 ounces granulated sugar
1¼ cups light corn syrup
1¼ cups liquor
2½ ounces gelatin
½ cups egg whites
Combine the first three ingredients into a sauce pan with a lid over medium heat. Combine the gelatin and the liquor in a large bowl and set aside to bloom. In a 5-quart mixer with whip attachment, begin to whip egg whites with a pinch of kosher salt on low speed. Slowly increase the speed of the mixer until the egg whites reach a soft peak. Decrease the speed of the mixer and slowly add the sugar mixture to the egg whites while the mixer is whipping. Then add the gelatin/liquor combination to the mixer. Continue to whip until a soft peak is reached.
Pour into a prepared 9x11 baking pan, which has been dusted with a 50/50 corn starch to powder sugar mixture. Level the pan and dust the top with the cornstarch/powder sugar mixture. Place in refrigerator or freezer to set, as this will make cutting the marshmallows to a manageable size easier. Toast or garnish with the appropriate condiments.
I thought I had tasted it all, so when the St. Regis Aspen invited me to try a “quartet of ‘boozy’ marshmallows … served on a snow-white platter, with each marshmallow cocktail displayed in a miniature martini glass,” I clearly had to indulge. While these ultra-sweet “cocktails” were far from boozy — in taste or effect — they were unique. Flavors included Dipped Strawberry with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and crème de cacao (my favorite); Candy Apple with German apple liqueur; Hotty Toddy with butterscotch schnapps and rum; as well as Candy Cane with peppermint schnapps (which I plan to go back and try in a hot chocolate for apr è s-ski). And the best part? The price. Seriously. For just $13 for all four types, it’s an affordable novelty — especially for those times when you’re entertaining out-of-town guests looking for a unique “Aspen experience.”
“Without any exception the worst snow storm known since the advent of the railroad west of Leadville has been raging over the crest of the continental divide since last Thursday,” asserted the Aspen Tribune on January 31, 1899.