FOOD AND DRINK
A Colorado Cornucopia
1. Modern Gingham preserves, $10–$12 each at moderngingham.com
2. Denver & Boulder Chef’s Table, $24.95 at Tattered Cover, multiple locations, tatteredcover.com
3. David Rasmussen tray, 720-317-2328, iheartdenver.info
4. Watson & Co key corkscrew, $45 at Watson & Co, 1524 S. Broadway, 303-777-8087, watsonandco.com
5. Broken Shovels Farm dark moon cheese, $10.20 at Marczyk Fine Foods, multiple locations, marczykfinefoods.com
An easy-to-make cocktail for spontaneous get-togethers from Coohills Restaurant bar manager Noah Heaney.
1 ounce Leopold Bros. gin or Silver Tree vodka
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce pomegranate syrup (pre-make by cooking one cup of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice with one cup of sugar until the mixture barely boils, and then cool it down in an ice bath; keep in the fridge for up to a month)
Crémant (Heaney prefers Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé)
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a champagne flute. Top with crémant, and garnish with a lemon peel if you like. Raise your glasses.
Best Gift Ever
from Barbara MacFarlane, Marczyk Fine Foods’ Queen Bee
"When I was working as a bartender in Vermont, I had to work Christmas Eve, so I missed dinner and fun and mostly my family. As I drove up our dark dirt road, I saw our house ablaze with every light on. I’m sure my father had shut them all off; my mother probably waited for him to go to bed and then turned them back on. She even left a tray with a small glass and a bottle of sherry for me to enjoy by the tree. It was a small gesture, but I have never forgotten it."