1. ITALIAN COFFEE
The perfect powder day cocktail. Jenna Herzog
A close cousin to Irish coffee, this Italian variation calls for bittersweet amaro to add depth and, well, spirit to your daily brew. Try it: instead of your usual morning coffee before setting out for first chair on a powder day. Alternatively, stash a small flask of amaro in your jacket to spike a cup of coffee from the lodge. To be honest, though, this simple recipe pairs well with just about any winter activity, from camping to shoveling the driveway.
Difficulty: Green Circle
- 2 oz. Italian amaro (try Moletti, Montenegro or Ramazzotti)
- 4 oz. hot coffee
- 2 tbsp. whipped cream (optional)
Add Italian amaro to hot coffee and top with whipped cream. For Irish coffee, substitute amaro with Irish whisky. For a different twist, try a less-than-traditional Monk’s Coffee, substituting 1 ½ ounces of green Chartreuse for the amaro. This French liqueur made with herbs, plants, and flowers has a uniquely alpine taste that pairs nicely with mountain adventures.
2. HOT BUTTERED APPLE RUM
Guaranteed to warm the fingertips and elevate the spirits. Jenna Herzog
Adding a twist to classic hot buttered rum, this variation revives the all-American liquor beloved in colonial times: applejack. Try it: after a full day of skiing or snowboarding. The butter will replenish a few of those calories you burned on the mountain, and the rich flavor of dark rum will match your bold moves on the slopes.
Difficulty: Blue Square
- 1 oz. applejack (try Laird’s) or other apple brandy
- 1 oz. dark rum
- 1 tbsp. room temperature butter
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- 4 oz. hot water
To make simple syrup, mix equal parts sugar and water. Heating the mixture is not necessary—the sugar will dissolve with a good stir. Mix all ingredients together, adding hot water last. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
3. APPLE GINGER TODDY
Enjoying a warm winter cocktail in the snow. Jenna Herzog
Adding applejack and ginger juice to a classic hot toddy gives it a boost of spice for extra warmth on the taste buds. Try it: in a Thermos while out Nordic skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. You also can’t beat sipping this cocktail by the fire after a day spent playing outside.
Difficulty: Black Diamond
- 1 oz. rye whiskey
- 1 oz. applejack or other apple brandy
- ¾ oz. lemon juice
- ½ oz. ginger juice
- ½ oz. simple syrup or honey
- 3 oz. hot water
Mix equal parts sugar and water to make simple syrup (no need to heat the mixture, just give it a good stir and let the sugar dissolve). To make the ginger juice, grate a knob of peeled ginger, then squeeze the grated ginger to extract the juice. Stir all ingredients together, adding the hot water last. For style points, garnish with a clove-studded lemon wheel.