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~ Montana Rae, Captain
Sunny days call for fresh, delicious cocktails on the patio! This time of year, we should all be flocking to the patio or bar with friends to enjoy drinks together. Instead, our favorite restaurants are closed due to the spread of COVID-19. As I daydreamed about my favorite dining experiences, I began thinking about the types of cocktails I like best.
I typically stick to either wine or reposado tequila with a slice of orange, but when the mood is right, I absolutely love a delicious craft cocktail. For me, something fresh with gin or tequila is usually the direction I want to go. As a staple, one cocktail stands out for me: The Gardener from Matsuhisa.
Over the years I have spent time at all of the Mastu locations: Aspen, Vail, and Cherry Creek. My good friend Wes first introduced me to The Gardener in Aspen, and ever since then itâs my go-to (unless itâs Grower Champagne) any time I make it in. Last year, I met Dylan Bailey at the Denver location (thanks Scott Flory). Dylan exemplifies the type of knowledge and service experience typical of Nobuâs restaurants. Not to mention, heâs a pretty fun dude.
With the restaurants closed and all of us looking for some semblance of normalcy, I reached out to Dylan. At first is was to check in, but by the end of our phone call we had hatched a plan to bring The Gardener to life at home! Below is all of the info, ingredients, and technique required to reconstruct this amazing cocktail yourself!
Montana Rae Neiley