Aspen Times Weekly Libations: Black Cherry Sling
¾ ounce cane-sugar simple syrup (equal parts water and cane sugar)
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1½ ounces Breckenridge bourbon (or Four Roses bourbon)
3 dashes Fee Brothers cherry bitters
1 ounce Boylans black cherry soda (or other cherry soda made with cane sugar)
Place first four ingredients in a mixing tin. Add large ice cubes, and shake vigorously. Double-strain into the tumbler over fresh ice; then add soda. Tumble-roll back and forth once, and taste for balance. Serve drink in a rocks class, and garnish with ground nutmeg and 3 dried cherries, rehydrated and skewered.
There’s a lot of buzz going around town about Aspen’s newest restaurant, David Burke Kitchen, slated to open in late May. And the buzz isn’t just about the farm-to-table cooking at this trendy eatery; it’s also about its inspired beverage program. Created by Connor Burke (David’s son), the drink menu promises to “showcase hand-crafted cocktails inspired by regional spirits.” Top on the list for Aspen is the Black Cherry Sling. And while I haven’t gotten to taste it (yet), the blend of bourbon, lime juice and black cherry soda has me thinking it’ll be the perfect sipping drink for those dreary offseason days we’re sure to encounter upon the restaurant’s opening.
“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.