Après-ski cocktails you could put together in a bottle
In The Before Times, you signal the end of a day of skiing by clicking out of your shoes and heading to a crowded bar for après-ski cocktails. Order a hot vortex or espresso martini, whichever libation warms your soul or fire gets you ready for an epic night. This season, the après-ski scene is not canceled entirely, but rather a BYOB situation.
The good news: Many of your favorite ski bars, as well as the legendary hotels in the ski villages, offer après-ski cocktails to take away, which are ideal for ordering during your lunch break or after finishing your last run of the day. More good news: you can make damn good après-ski cocktails yourself, fill them into bottles and have a sip if you want. After all, your liquor canteen is always ready to take you on a ski touring adventure, and the very best can keep your cocktails warm (if you like them that way). We like BrüMate Liquor Canteen 8oz.
Of course, no one is stopping you from pouring your favorite bourbon into a bottle and calling it the day, but why not try your hand at an easy-to-assemble craft cocktail that matches the solemn feel of a bluebird day?
We asked bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs to share their favorite winter warm-up cocktails, which can be made in a bottle and enjoyed as an après-ski cocktail. They gave us something for everyone from an old fashioned to a bottle friendly vortex.
7 après-ski cocktails that you can prepare in a bottle
1. Gold rush
“The classic three-ingredient cocktail is essentially a hot vortex with no hot water,” said Jake Larragoite, food and beverage manager at the Apothecary Lounge at Hotel Parq in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Usually shaken and stirred over ice, you can pour this directly into your favorite flask.
This three-ingredient mezcal cocktail is a reef on an Alaska (gin, chartreuse, and bitter). Stuart Jensen, co-owner of Denver, CO’s Brass Tacks Dine Bar, loves agave spirits for apres cocktails because they are lower in calories and sugar (read: Less Chances of a Hangover, which is especially important when you’re a high altitude). This cocktail calls for sherry, preferably manzanilla, says Jensen, and you should stay away from anything too sweet. The other ingredient, Genepy, is an alpine herb that “smells like mountains,” he says. “The evidence should be high enough to prevent freezing. However, if the temperature is forecast to drop to the negative, you can decrease the sherry and increase the mezcal,” says Jensen.
- Mix all ingredients in a flask.
3. Angel of the tombstone
This strong cocktail is great for on the go and a great alternative to clean whiskey, says Steve Walton, beverage director at High West Distillery in Park City, UT. The three ingredient libation fits in your bottle, but make a larger amount in a thermos to pour and share with your ski buddies.
- Put all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir to cool. Strain the cocktail into a bottle.
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4. LJ old fashioned
Put an old-fashioned one in your apres rotation. We like this one – with orange bitters – courtesy of Micah Emerson, Assistant General Manager of Food and Beverage for Local Jones at HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek, Denver, CO. It’s a classic – an “old-fashioned” as he calls it – with spirit, bitterness and sugar. Add an orange side dish if you’re in the mood for your bottle.
- 2 ounces Buffalo Trace Bourbon
- 0.50 ounces Demerara simple syrup
- 3 dashes of orange bitters, each orange bitters is fine
- 3 strokes of Angostura bitter
- To make simple syrup at home, bring sugar and water to a boil in a 1: 1 ratio.
- Build a jar on a large cube. Mix all ingredients together.
- Pour into your favorite bottle. If you prepare it as an après drink at the lodge, garnish it with a squeezed orange peel.
5. Tanteo Chipotle Apple Cider Margarita
“Warm cocktails can often be overly rich, but this cider warms up without being overwhelming,” says Neil Grosscup, CEO and master mixer of Tanteo Tequila. The smoky, tangy chipotle tequila provides additional warmth after a cold day on the slopes.
- 1.5 oz. Result Chipotle Tequila
- 4 oz. Hot apple cider
- 1 ounce of fresh orange juice
- 0.5 ounces of fresh lemon juice
- 0.75 ounces of light agave nectar
- Combine the ingredients, stir them, and pour them into your flask.
- Top with cinnamon and nutmeg as desired.
6. Northwoods Sazerac
“A Sazerac is a great bottle cocktail for winter days,” says Dan Oskey of Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis, MN. “The maple gives this drink an unusual depth that reflects the aromas of nature,” he says.
- Stir all of the ingredients in a mixing glass before adding them to the flask.
7. Freed heel
Skip the liquor in a bottle and make this shelf-stable cocktail that you can whip up in batches. “I’ll pile it up in a large mason jar for the weekend and refill my bottle as needed,” says Bob Cutler, owner of Novios Bistro in Bangor, ME.
Ingredients for an 8 ounce flask
Ingredients for a single cocktail
- 1.5 ounces Brugal Anejo Superior Rum
- 0.75 ounces of pumpkin bitter rhubarb
- 0.5 ounce Amaro Dell ‘Etna
- 0.25 ounces St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
- 3 strokes Owl & Whale Persimmon Bitter
- Mix ingredients over ice, stir and strain.
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