The Pepper Blossom Martini

The Pepper Blossom shares the spotlight with quite a number of exemplary cocktails that Denver mixologist Anika Zappe has crafted, but don’t overlook this true standout:  Start with 1 ounce of Vodka 14. Add 1 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Next muddle a leaf of fresh basil, half a lemon, and a slice of fresh jalapeño with 0.5 ounces of agave nectar (simple syrup may be substituted). Mix, shake over ice, and strain into a martini glass. Finish with a splash of grapefruit soda.