Whether you prefer them piping hot, ice cold or in a hot tub packed with your best ski buddies, apres ski cocktails are an idyllic way to celebrate the close of a great a day on the slopes. If you’re like us and appreciate a well-earned, well-crafted adult drink, check out our top picks for apres ski cocktails—and where you can enjoy them— below. And if you’re looking for a memorable scene to go along with that picture perfect cocktail, check out our list of the best apres ski scenes in North America. Salut!
The Mangy Moose’s Spicy Margarita, Jackson Hole, WY
If you need a kick in your après ski, try this spicy take on the margarita. Take it from us, nothing warms you up faster than a swig of this Jackson Hole favorite: the Mangy Moose’s renowned Spicy Marg. Perfectly melding sweet with spice, the Spicy Marg is surprisingly toasty despite being served over ice.
Breckenridge Distillery’s Heart Brecker, Breckenridge, CO
Bubbly is a well-known staple of the après ski diet, as well as the basis of the Heart Brecker from Breckenridge Distillery located in Breckenridge. Featuring champagne mixed with Breckenridge Bourbon, white cranberry juice and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, this classy cocktail offers a twist on the standard flute of champagne.
Ajax Tavern’s Hot Buttered Rum, Aspen, CO
Hot Buttered Rum contains two simple yet delicious ingredients: Goslings Black Seal rum and spiced brown sugar. Hot Buttered Rum at The Little Nell’s Ajax Tavern is a comforting indulgence that is perfectly suited for sipping next to the fire after a satisfying day of skiing Aspen Mountain.
Super G’s Bombardino, Courmayeur, Italy
If you like egg nog you’re going to love this Italian Alpine classic. Combining an egg and orange liquor known as “Bombardino,” whiskey or brandy, fresh whipped cream and cinnamon, this “on-piste” beverage is served hot and best enjoyed with views of Mont Blanc from Courmayeur after an extravagant on-mountain lunch at Super G’s restaurant. And while the Bombardino is reminiscent of a spiked egg nog it’s much lighter and generally boozier, so take heed and don’t have too many before you ski down.
Montanya Distiller’s The White Room, Crested Butte, CO
Featuring two of Crested Butte-based Montanya Distillers rums, Montanya Oro Rum and Vanilla-Infused Montanya Platino Rum, the White Room is nearly as delectable as a face shot on a perfect powder day. Reminiscent of the tropics, the White Room is enlivened with orgeat and fresh cream, all topped with a sprinkling of crushed almonds. Request it over ice or served as a martini.
Arrabelle at Vail Square’s Bacon-Infused Vodka Bloody Mary, Vail, CO
If you need a little hair of the dog or just love all things bacon, Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort’s Tavern on the Square hits the nail on the head with its Bacon-Infused Vodka Bloody Mary. It features Ketel One Vodka infused with bacon-goodness shaken with Mountain Bloody Mary Mix. In fact, you may want to have one well before it’s time for après. Go ahead, start a new tradition of “avant” ski drinks.