POPSUGAR Celebrity

5 Unique Riffs on Classic Cocktails

Jun 20 2014 - 4:10pm

You've had a gin and tonic [1], old fashioned [2], and Moscow mule [3] before, but never like this. At the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen [4], mixologists and distilleries served very unusual riffs, most of which are easy enough to try at home.

— Additional reporting by Nicole Iizuka

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


Woody Creek Distillers [5] served a vodka-rita, a vodka-based spin on the classic tequila drink that includes freshly squeezed citrus juices, bitters, and a salted rim.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Tulane Street

Anthony Bohlinger, mixologist and executive beverage director for Chefs Club in Aspen [6], concocted his take on an old fashioned. The Tulane Street calls for Michter's Rye [7], apricot, brandied cherries, orange, sugar, and bitters.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Patrón Jalisco Mule

The vodka-based Moscow mule is all the rage as of late, but Patrón Reposado [8] replaces the vodka in this version. Ginger beer and fresh lime juice give it a tart, spicy kick, and the copper mug filled with ice keeps everything cold.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Bourbon Hurricane

The hurricane cocktail [9], which hails from New Orleans, typically contains rum, but this version subs Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey [10]. Adding a little vanilla to the banana-passion-fruit juice, enhances the bourbon's flavor.

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Gin and Elderflower Tonic

Hendrick's Gin [11] gave a gin and tonic a sophisticated update. This one started with a perfectly spherical ice cube. Half a teaspoon of coriander seeds, a lemon slice, and smacked lemon verbena perfumed the cup. Two ounces of Hendrick's Gin and elderflower tonic water from Fever Tree finished the deal.

Photo: Nicole Iizuka

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