Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Gold Rush
2 oz. Vodka
3/4 oz. Apricot syrup
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
3 Medium sized Basil leaves
In a mixing glass muddle basil. Add the rest of the ingredients, ice and shake. Double strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a basil sprig and dehydrated lemon round.
On a trip to Denver last weekend, I noticed all around me the signs of fall: crisp morning temperatures as we headed out of town, a dusting of snow on the high peaks, golden aspen leaves along Indpendence Pass. In honor of the coming season, Woody Creek Distillers has crafted a new cool-weather cocktail: the Gold Rush. Made with locally hand-picked apricots, which are in season all over the valley right now, as well as a rich mix of fresh basil and lemon juice, I think this the Gold Rush will be a go-to libation as summer gives way to fall.
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