Cocktail recipe for Barometric Pressure from Après in Breckenridge (video)
After just over two years on Main Street in Breckenridge, Après Handcrafted Libations — opened in January 2014 — has made a name for itself with its dedication to the craft movement in both beer and cocktails.
An upscale lounge all the way, professional bartenders are constantly working to come up with new, classy cocktails for the menu, and with 30 taps lining the wall, the beer drinker has almost an overwhelming amount of choices when it comes to craft brews.
“All of our bartenders are mixologists, and a lot of these are their inventions,” co-founder Donna Laboy said of the cocktail menu.
Laboy opened the family-run business with her husband, Bill Lindauer, and her daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Kyle Otto. There are five mixologists on staff who not only have previous bartending experience before Après, but are also required to go through on-the-job training and are encouraged to continue to come up with new recipes daily.
“We’ll challenge them to come up with a cocktail for a cocktail of the day, so they can practice and have something new, and most of the time they go over really well,” Laboy said.
Après is committed to using only high-quality products, said Kyle Otto.
“We source a lot of craft products since we always build our cocktails around the actual flavor of, like how each individual bourbon has its own flavor, so we make sure to take those individual tastes into account,” he said. “That’s how we structure how much juice we are going to put in, how much liquors we are going to put in or how much simple syrup.”
For this recipe for the Barometric Pressure, mixologist Vaughn Swanson puts a spin on the Aviation, a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice.
“A lot of time we’ll take classics and we will make them inspired classics, so you’ll change a couple ingredients, or if you’re used to drinking something — you like another spirit — or you’re just trying to do something different with some of the stuff we have,” he said.
Swanson has been working with craft cocktails for the last seven years. He said the Aviation is one of his favorites to make, as well as to drink, which is why he wanted to put his own spin on the classic. The Aviation usually has a purple coloring to it because of the clear gin, but Swanson’s version is almost orange. The brandy makes the drink heartier than a traditional Aviation, Swanson said, and it’s not too sweet or tart. Adding the orange blossom water gives it a nice, floral orange flavor.
Orange blossom water can be hard to find, Otto said, but there are also recipes online that take around six to eight weeks to make it at home. He was able to find the orange blossom water at Whole Foods in Lakewood. Because of its potency, it only takes a drop or two to flavor any drink.
1 ½ oz Asbach Uralt brandy
½ oz crème de violette
¼ oz maraschino liqueur
¾ oz triple sec
¼ simple syrup
1 drop of Orange Blossom Water
Step one: Chill coupe glass (add ice to the glass and let it sit while making the rest of the recipe)
Step two: Build all ingredients in stirring glass filled with ice
Step three: Using a spoon, stir ingredients with ice
Step four: Strain into chilled glass and garnish with a blueberry
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