Much like the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy is the relationship I’ve had with Sarah Gore (@Sarah_Gore). We’ve been tweeting forever but despite good intentions I had yet to make any of the events that she diligently schedules for Denver natives. We’ve even talked on the phone yet I know she wondered if I was really real and so this past Tuesday, I decided to make an extra effort to arrive at the #twEATdrink event she had pulled together in downtown Denver.
I unabashedly admit I’m a suburban girl and offer no apologies for that. The effort to get to Sarah’s event is predicated by my schedule and getting out of my office before the rush hour traffic is in full on mode. If I don’t plan that well…well, then there is no point; stop and go traffic is one of the things in this world that drives me BONKERS. As it was, leaving at 4:30p resulted in an hour trip getting there for what is typically a 25 minute drive so the next time I’m taking my laptop, leaving at 2pm and doing some work with a cocktail in my hand to avoid a recurrence!
Tuesday was the day…the stars were aligned and the Wizard was finally revealed when Sarah and I finally met, in person, at Colt and Gray, a neighborhood pub on Platte Street that serves great food and drink in a comfortable environment. We met in the bar and Sarah was everything I expected…warm and friendly and surrounded by a circle of people for an evening of socializing with both old and new friends brought together by the magic of Twitter.
Sarah works with the establishment prior to our arrival and we were given a list of specials that had been ‘cooked’ up for us including cocktails, beer and some bar snacks. Kevin Burke, the Head Barman had done us well with three fabulous cocktails; the Applejack Sazerac with Applejack, Maple syrup, Bitters and Pastis; the Hanky-Panky Updated consisting of Dry Gin, Dolin Rouge and Fernet and the one I chose for my libation named the Cabaret Cocktail and engineered with Vodka, St. Germain liqueur, blackberries and lemon.
And I mean lemon…this is no rim of the glass or simple lemon twist; no, this drink has pucker power in the mix. For me though it was the lure of the St. Germain liqueur from France. I’ve only had one cocktail before with this elixir made from the elderflower and I was anxious to see how Kevin worked with it’s almost mysterious blend of sweet and citrus. Isn’t that the most beautiful bottle ever?
Kevin labeled this drink as refreshing and that’s true but I also thought it was beautiful. I think my daughter would love this but I know she might prefer it a bit sweeter so I can see making a lemon syrup with lemon juice and sugar for her version; just a bit of sweet to cut the tartness I loved. I’ll have to experiment some more won’t I? Don’t cry for me…it’s a job and someone has to do it!
I hope you’ll enjoy this cocktail with me and if you’re in Denver, follow Sarah on Twitter (Sarah is also the owner of STANCE, a customer experience management company) for the next event and stop in to Colt and Gray; I just know Kevin will hook you up! I mean…he gave me napkins, swizzle sticks and even the square glass I loved to help me recreate not just the libation but the ‘feel’ of a bar in my
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A refreshing, tart and sophisticated cocktail
- 3 Fresh blackberries, divided
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 3/4 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 oz St. Germaine Liqueur
- Muddle the two blackberries in a shaker and then add a handful of ice to the container.
- Add the vodka, lemon juice and St. Germain to the shaker and shake for 10-15 seconds to thoroughly chill the contents.
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice and using a strainer, pour the contents of the shaker into the glass.
- Garnish with an additional blackberry on a decorative toothpick.