During a recent visit and stay at Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship, my wife and I enjoyed cocktails prior to dinner in the bar adjacent to Yuta restaurant. I’ll be writing about that fabulous dinner soon in Utah Bites, so stay tuned.
Anyway, we were chatting in the bar with Katie Zamarra, the wife of Yuta Executive Chef Galen Zamarra, who recommended that I try a cocktail called the Horse Thief. It’s a delicious blend of Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, High West Campfire Whiskey, Green Chartreuse, Ginger Syrup, Lime juice and blackberries. And, the drink has a really fascinating story behind it.
According to the folks at Blue Sky Ranch, “Blue Sky’s Owner Barb Phillips stole Gracie, a mistreated horse, from a neglectful ranch in 2013 so that she could get Gracie the care and medical attention that she so desperately needed. Once she was well, Barb took Gracie to her ranch to live in a nurturing, respectful environment which was the beginning of The Saving Gracie Foundation. A year later officers came to investigate the horse theft. When Barb was told that she could be taken to jail, she told the officer ‘You can put me in jail, but you aren’t taking that horse back to those people.’ Barb has since rescued 23 horses and 30 cows through her organization Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation to aid in the rescue of neglected, abused, and abandoned horses. To celebrate this fearless woman, Blue Sky has created a craft cocktail named The Horse Thief which will be sold at every Auberge Resort around the world, with proceeds going to the Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation.”
The Horse Thief is a cocktail I would happily enjoy at any time, but it’s especially enjoyable with the knowledge that it’s helping to rescue neglected horses.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.