Gunner’s Libations: In the Limelight |

Gunner’s Libations: In the Limelight

Food and beverage manager Carrie Williams mixes up her Drop the Beet specialty cocktail at the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass bar, which opens Dec. 15.
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Drink It In Much like its sister properties in Aspen and Ketchum, Idaho, life at the Limelight Snowmass will be centered around its spacious lounge and bar. Take note of these offerings: • More than 40 different whiskeys • Live music Thursdays-Mondays, 4 to 7 p.m. • Extensive selection of Colorado craft beers on tap and served in bottles/ cans • One wine on tap • Flights of all types: Beer, whiskey and tequila Read more about the new Limelight in this week’s ATW cover story and check out for the most up-to-date info.  

You know you’ve met a true mixologist when a salad inspires a cocktail.

“It was just so good,” says Carrie Williams, food and beverage manager at the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, “I knew I could re-create the flavors in a drink.”

The salad sounds ordinary enough given the current culinary landscape: beets, goat cheese, candied ginger. But the drink — well-dubbed as Drop the Beet — is another story.

Infused with beets for four to five days, the vodka lays the groundwork for this eye-catching red – well, actually beet-colored – libation. You taste the hearty root vegetable and then, quickly, your tastebuds twist with the ginger liqueur and citrus kick; the sugar rim brightens the entire experience

Infusing spirits — tequila, brandy and more – is something Williams plans to bring to the Limelight as it becomes the cornerstone of Base Village’s apres-ski scene.

“We want our menus — both drink and food — to match our clientele,” she says. “Here in Snowmass, that’s creative but not too far out there. We are creating an experience.”

If Williams’ Drop the Beet is any indication, they are on the right track.”

Make Your Own

  • Beet-infused vodka
  • Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • Citrus fruits
  • Sugar and raw sugar mix for rim
  • Serve chilled and up in a martini glass

Libations was created by beloved Aspen Times publisher Gunilla Asher, who died June 2, 2014, after a brave battle with cancer. Cheers — to Gunner!

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