Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Red, White & Blue Shooter

by Jeanne McGovern
Lifestyle image of an American Flag cocktail in a martini glass on a colourful cocktail bar background.
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1/3 ounce grenadine

1/3 ounce peach schnapps

1/3 ounce blue curaçao

This is a layered shot so each ingredient is poured on top of the previous. The key to layered shooters like this is to slowly pour the ingredients over a bar spoon in a certain order according to the density of the liquid. Pour the grenadine into a shot glass. Float the peach schnapps on top of the grenadine. Float the blue curaçao on top of the peach schnapps.

To be perfectly honest, the Fourth of July is not one of my favorite drinking holidays. I know, I know … that seems insane. But there’s something about the heat and the crowds and the general mayhem that doesn’t mix well with booze for me. Of course this doesn’t necessarily stop me from imbibing. For years, I sucked down a few cold beers on the Fourth. More recent holidays have seen my glass filled with crisp white wine. Last year, I mixed up a sangria-inspired punch for my fellow lobster feast mates. This year, I’m going to mask my disinterest in drinking with an interest in creating an interesting cocktail: the Red, White & Blue Shooter fits the bill. With hints of peach, orange and pomegranate flavors in the ingredients, it sounds like a perfect summertime sip. But that’s not the reason the Red, White & Blue is on this year’s menu: it’s the look. Like the American flag itself, this libation — if poured correctly — is layered in patriotic red, white and blue boozy stripes. Perhaps a few of these and you’ll see stars?