Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Silver Miner’s Daughter
1-1/2 oz. Don Julio Blanco
1/4 oz. Amaretto
3/4 oz. Fresh Pomegranate Juice
1 oz. housemade lemonade
1/4 oz. Jalapeño Fresno Syrup
Garnished with an edible flower and silver shavings.
With a dozen drinkers in tow, we had a plan. Looking at the list of bars on the Après Ski Cocktail Classic Pub Crawl agenda, we numbered them off in the order we wanted to go and calculated how much time we had for each. This was drinking on a professional level, and we succeeded in visiting all 13 bars with (most of) our dignity still intact.
The Audience Award went to Silver Miner’s Daughter, a Don Julio cocktail dreamed up by the team at Chair 9 at The Little Nell. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t vote (it’s hard to keep track of a five-digit code when you’re five-deep), but I agree this one stood out. Simple and smooth, it went down easy even as the end of the day neared. (The more knowledgeable members of the official jury chose The Lady Marmalade, a Hennessy creation at Chefs Club, as their winner.)
We then took over the patio of Aspen Kitchen where lawn games, including plush snowballs, encouraged the best of childlike behavior, tons of red-hued swag and a DJ pumping tunes. Arriving ahead of schedule, we lingered for half an hour and came back at the end of the day to celebrate our success.
The Après Ski Cocktail Classic has done a great job of including our local bartenders, mixologists and imbibers, but it also acknowledges talent throughout the industry, such as with its Ajax Award presented to Charlotte Voisey of William Grant & Sons. This is an event that brings us together over one of our favorite pastimes, and in its fourth year, the 2016 Cocktail Classic put its best foot forward.
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