Gunner’s Libation: Spring Queen
Spring 44 vodka
Spring 44 gin
Lemon slice, for garnish
As the ski season winds down, it’s time to celebrate with some serious spring skiing and more serious apres-skiing. On a recent bluebird day at Copper Mountain, I came across a cocktail that summed the whole end-of-season vibe up in a glass: the Spring Queen. Featured on Jack’s “Raised on Colorado” menu — Jack’s is located right at the base of the mountain; the specialty menu celebrates cocktails and craft beers that are “uniquely Colorado” — the Spring Queen is refreshing but not overly sweet, fine balance indeed. I attribute it to the use of both vodka and gin (Spring 44 is made in Loveland, Colorado), as well as the mixed tastes of elderflower and ginger. And while I won’t be sipping one on Copper’s closing day, though it sounds like one heckuva party over there, I will be seeking one out somewhere in Aspen as spring shifts into summer.
LIBATIONS WAS CREATED BY BELOVED ASPEN TIMES PUBLISHER GUNILLA ASHER, WHO DIED JUNE 2, 2014, AFTER A BRAVE BATTLE WITH CANCER. CHEERS — TO GUNNER!