Courtesy Jason Galang, beverage director, Aspen Kitchen, Aspen, Colorado
Summer may seem like an unusual time to feature a drink from Aspen, best known as a ski town. But the region hums even when the ski lifts are still, and the Colorado mountains provide a stunning backdrop for summer sipping.
Enter this classic Rickey, updated with peak-summer fruit and a splash of Prosecco. Created by Jason Galang when he was beverage director for Aspen Kitchen (he’s since moved to a New York City venue), this drink showcases plump summer blackberries and Woody Creek Vodka, a local potato vodka made just northwest of Aspen. The end result is a sweet-tart, lightly fizzy highball just right for cooling off when the mercury spikes.
- 3 large blackberries
- 2 ounces Woody Creek Vodka
- ½ ounce agave nectar
- ½ ounce lime juice
- Splash of Prosecco
- Lime wheel, for garnish
In a mixing glass, muddle the blackberries. Add vodka, agave nectar, lime juice and ice. Cover, shake well and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with Prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel.