Cock­tails

WARM UP BY THE SKI SLOPE WITH TH­ESE COCK­TAILS

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Après ski, those mag­i­cal hours when a day to re­mem­ber on the slopes comes to a close and morphs into an­evening of ine­bri­a­tion, suit­ably com­pli­mented by the so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment that follows. It’s prob­a­bly au­to­matic to or­der a lager, beer or a short but there’s a world of ex­otic fla­vor com­bi­na­tions tosam­ple. Why not do some­thing a lit­tle out of the ordinary and treaty­our­self to a taste sen­sa­tion be­fore the se­ri­ous stuff get un­der­way. Here are five of my fa­vorites:

SPICED HOT AP­PLE CIDER

The smell of spiced hot ap­ple cider waft­ing out of your fa­vorite après bar is enough to get your ski legs fired backup for just one more run. With a ba­sis of fruit juice, you can­count this as one of your five. Add a lit­tle splash of rum and this tip­ple warms the cock­les of your heart in short­order.

ESPRESSO MAR­TINI

Orig­i­nally cre­ated at London’s Soho Brasserie for a cus­tomer re­quest­ing a drink to perk her up and perk her up it most cer­tainly did. The in­gre­di­ents which in­clude vodka, add freshly brewed espresso, cof­fee liqueur, sugar syrup, Vit­to­ria cof­fee beans, this mix will give you an in­stant buzz and have you ski­ing up­hill. It will also give you the en­ergy to get out of your comfy chair and head to the bar for another.

VIN CHAUD

Doesn’t Vin Chaud just sound so much more ex­otic than mulled wine? Those two lit­tle words will trans­port any alpine lover straight back to the pistes. You can smell the spices ris­ing from the glass of hot red wine di­vine­ness. Take those gloves off, loosen the ski boots and sink into that sheep­skin adorned chair and feel the warmth ra­di­ate from within.

POWDERHOUND

Noth­ing beats be­ing sur­rounded by your clos­est friends, trad­ing sto­ries of the days’ thrills and spills whilst sat around a flick­er­ing fire pit. Here’s a combo that will warm you from the in­sides too. Ir­ish cream, Grand Marnier or or­ange liqueur and cof­fee all serve in a mug topped off with whipped cream. Yummy!

HOT BUTTERED RUM

When the days’ sun starts to sink be­low the horizon and you start to feel the Alpine chill, this par­tic­u­lar con­coc­tion will light a fire in­side. Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink con­tain­ing rum, but­ter, hot wa­ter or cider, a sweet­ener, and var­i­ous spices. It is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar in win­ter and is tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with the hol­i­day sea­son. Cup your hands around the mug and feel it’s com­fort­ing warmth.

So, Cheers. Santé. Prost, Bot­toms Up, Let’s raise a glass to our favourite evenings of the year and how about this ap­pro­pri­ate toast for the evening to come; ‘Here’s to the nights we’ll never re­mem­ber with the friends we’ll never for­get’.

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