A margarita on a sunny deck is a ski-town rite of spring. Here’s a list of greats from our highly opinionated testers.
Cut fresh lime into slices. Rub the rim of a chilled glass with lime. Dip rim in coarse salt. In a shaker, add two ounces of tequila (preferably 100 percent agave), one ounce Cointreau, and one ounce fresh lime juice. Shake. Strain. Pour. Sip slopeside (with a satisfied smile) sometime in the spring.
Green Mountain Distillers dishes on good grains, maple liqueur, and what to sip after a cold day on the slopes.
In and around Stowe, local spirits fuel the après scene. And near the base of Vermont’s highest peak, Green Mountain Distillers makes 100-percent organic, six-time distilled vodka, gin, and even a maple liqueur, which it distributes in town and nationwide. Co-owner Tim Danahy, who laid down first tracks in the organic distilling business in 2002 with co-owner Harold Faircloth III, answered our questions about their mountain-town distillery.