7 Après-Ski Cocktails to Drink in the Mountains

After playing in the snow all day, enjoy an apple whiskey tea in Banff or a Caesar garnished with pepperoni, cheddar cubes and a pickled bean in Golden.



The Rocky Mountain Bacon Cheeser from the Eagle's Eye Restaurant at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Photograph by Emile Lavoie

 

Drink: Apres Meribel

Where: The Grizzly Paw, Canmore

Named after France’s famous resort, which is renowned for its après-ski partying, this bevvy combines a Sleeping Buffalo Stout reduction with Summer Love Raspberry Vodka from Calgary, then shakes everything with chocolate milk to create a sweet, sour and malty beer-shake.

 

Drink: Apple Whiskey Tea

Where: The Sleeping Buffalo at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

Smooth and fragrant, this hot drink stirs together vanilla-bean tea, steamed apple and cinnamon, along with Amaretto for a welcome hit of nuttiness. There’s even a small punch of Jameson Irish Whiskey to aid post-adventure recovery.

 

Drink: Observation Peak

Where: Park Distillery, Banff

This boozy beast of a cocktail combines the Banff Avenue craft distillery’s own Park Glacier Rye with aged rum, Amaro Montenegro and Luxardo Sangue Morlacco (a sour cherry liqueur). It might make your tired legs feel as wobbly as if you’ve just climbed the nearby mountain for which it’s named. 

 

Drink: Sunshine Bishop

Where: Chimney Corner at Sunshine Mountain LodgeSunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Sunshine’s version of mulled wine simmers Portuguese red wine and Port with orange, sugar, cloves, star anise and cinnamon, for an aromatic après sipper that transports schussers to their fireside happy place. 

 

Drink: Social Old Fashioned

Where: Alpine Social at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

This robust, spirit-forward classic will warm you from toque to toes in a truly Canadian manner—the base spirit is Alberta Premium Dark Horse rye, which is sweetened with maple syrup from Quebec and spiced up with black-walnut bitters. 

 

Drink: Rocky Mountain Bacon Cheeser

Where: Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Shredding more than 4,000 vertical feet every run burns serious calories, so après-skiers need to replenish energy stores with a cocktail that drinks like a meal. This Caesar twist combines bacon-infused vodka with Clamato, a balsamic reduction, chipotle and lime, and garnishes it with pepperoni, cheddar cubes and a pickled bean.

 

Drink: Mogul Smoker

Where: The Griz Bar, Fernie Alpine Resort

You can’t beat hot chocolate spiked with rum and Kahlua for warming up after a day smokin’ moguls. What’s more, each sip is like a little toast to The Griz, a mythical man-bear locals believe is responsible for bestowing Fernie with the white stuff all winter.

 

This article appears in the November 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.

 


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