Aspen Times Weekly Libations: Blackberry Sour

OK, for a small valley in the Colorado Rockies, we know how to make good booze — not just drink it. Need proof? Woody Creek Distillers’ Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey was recently awarded the double gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Woody Creek Distillers is the first distillery to receive back-to-back double gold awards for a rye whiskey and a vodka (its 100 percent Potato Vodka took top honors in 2015). Handmade from 100 percent Colorado rye, this 90-proof rye mash whiskey is aged at least two years in new American white oak barrels and has pronounced white pepper notes throughout the palate, hints of citrus peel on the nose, and an oaky vanilla mid-palate. “The renaissance of American spirits is under way and we are happy to be a leader in the revival,” says managing partner Mark Kleckner.cm28anoumaa0u7k-jpg-large

Now put that Rye Whiskey to good use with this recipe for a Blackberry Sour (debuting on the summer tasting room cocktail menu soon!):

Blackberry Sour recipe:

Woody Creek Distillers Rye Whiskey

Blackberry syrup

Lemon juice

Lime juice

Egg white

Angostura Bitters (garnish)