Aspen Times Weeky Libation: Master Cleanse |

Aspen Times Weeky Libation: Master Cleanse

by Jeanne McGovern


Black Strap Rum

Lemon juice

Cayenne pepper

Touch of maple syrup

Serve over ice in a rocks glass; garnish with a lemon slice.

Last week I decided to get healthy, tasting a drink made with coconut meat (OK, and a splash of rum to keep it real). But honestly, this is a cocktail column, so I knew it was time to get back to business when… bingo! On the menu at Aspen’s new Grey Lady was the Master Cleanse. The healthful version, found all over the Internet, calls for water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and a touch of maple syrup. The other — more fun and far tastier — version substitutes rum for the water (of course it’s served over ice, so technically there is still water in it). Brilliant! And what I loved most, besides the name, was the combination of tart and sweet (lemon and maple syrup) with a good kick of heat (cayenne pepper). Needless to say, I’m on the Master Cleanse now.

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