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
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
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
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.