Cocktails at Justice Snows in Aspen, Colorado

Joshua Peter-Smith, lead bartender at Justice Snows in Aspen, CO knows how to mix a cocktail. With flavors that are oft-inspired by local ingredients in their simplest form, to culinary creations designed specifically for the creative cocktails that grace the lengthy menu, they serve to invite not intimidate new and seasoned drinkers alike. Check out the recipes below for a sampling of the his latest works and classic cocktail favorites.

The Scottish Traveler Cocktail

The Scottish Traveler

1.5 oz Caorunn Scottish Gin

.5 oz Meletti Anisette

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz Juniper Simple Syrup

2 inches of Muddled Celery

1/8th of muddle Apple

Shake with vigor, double fine strain over rocks in a single old fashion glass, with a fennel salt rim.  Garnish with apple slices, and celery tops. 

Clover Club Cocktail

 Clover Club

2 oz of No.3 Dry Gin

1 oz Lemon Juice

6 muddled Raspberries

.75oz Simple Syrup

1oz Egg White

Shake with vigor, double fine strain into coupe glass.  Garnish and zest with lemon peel.  

By Any Other Name Cocktail

By Any Other Name

1.25 oz Junipero Gin

.75 oz G.E. Massenez Poire Williams Brandy

.75 oz Rose Petal Infused Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur

.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

.75 oz Egg white

Shake with vigor, double fine strain into cocktail glass, garnish with a rose petal.  

Bijou Cocktail

 Bijou

1.5 oz Tanquerey Ten Gin

.75 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth

.75 oz Green Chartreuse

2 dashes of Bitter Truth Orange Bitter

Combine all in mixing glass, stir gently with ice 40 times. Strain into small coupe, garnish with cherry.

Champs Elysees

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1.5 ounces Cognac

.5 oz Green Chartreuse

.25 oz lemon juice

1/8th oz simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Recipe from The New Old Bar, Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith. Some versions will call for Yellow Chartreuse. We recommend experimenting with both and seeing which you like more, but for us, Green Chartreuse takes the win. 

Brewing Up Cocktails

For those of you who may have missed this years Cocktail Camp, and the informative Beer Cocktails seminar given by Ezra Johnson-Greenough and Jacob Grier, you still have a chance to sample some very innovative beer cocktails in their next installation of Brewing Up Cocktails this Easter Sunday 4/24 from 5-8 pm at Spints Alehousewhich will feature a menu of all "flip" cocktails.

Flip cocktails include a whole raw egg in each drink and have been made and enjoyed since the 17th century. The whole egg adds a rich creaminess and luscious mouthfeel that pairs well with a variety of spirits and beers for unqiue and classic libations. Ezra and Jacob have paired up with Eugene, OR based Oakshire Brewing to provide the beers (including Heart Shaped Box, Moose & Squirrel, Espresso Stout, Schwarz, and Imperial Stout), as well as farm fresh eggs from the brewery's own chickens for this event. The beers will be matched with a variety of spirits ranging from apple brandy and Arbeg Scotch, to dark rums and port wine. The event is a great opportunity for those unfamiliar with beer cocktails and/or flip cocktails, and we hope to see you there!

In the meantime, you can mix up the "Ale-Avit", one of Jacob Grier's featured cocktails from Portland Cocktail Camp.

Ale-Avit

1 oz Krogstad Aquavit (House Spirits)
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
Chartreuse rinse
Upright Five

Serve in a wine glass. Rinse glass with Chartreuse, discarding the excess. Add the lemon juice and aquavit. Top with 5-6 oz Upright Fiveor other hoppy ale and stir gently.