The Blackberry Lime Rickey Cocktail

The Blackberry Lime Rickey.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

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.

The San Jose Frosé Cocktail
  • 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.

Published on July 20, 2017
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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