Whether sharing a tailgate après-ski thermos with friends or bellying up to the bar on a snowy night, these crave-worthy concoctions have us cheering on the season’s dropping temps and powder days. Just plan to indulge in moderation, as Utah’s strict .05% DUI law goes into effect this December.
A Winter’s Rendezvous
Handle, 136 Heber Ave 435.602.1155
“This winter warmer is perfect before, during, or after some slope time,” says Handle bar manager Sean Palmer. Sweet notes from maple syrup and Drambuie are balanced with a touch of lemon and a shot of High West Rendezvous Rye, all mixed into a steaming mug of Earl Grey tea.
The Long Weekend
J&G Grill at the St. Regis Deer Valley, 2300 Deer Valley Dr E 435.940.5760
Last year, this sweet and sassy sipper premiered to rave reviews, so it’s back by popular demand. Made with local Waterpocket Distillery cocoa rum, Licor 43, and St. Regis’s house-made hot chocolate; it’s topped with fresh whipped vanilla cream.
Tupelo Park City, 508 Main St 435.615.7700
Tupelo manager Nicholas Barton recommends fighting off the chill with classic mulled wine. His German-influenced version adds plenty of citrus, cloves, cardamom, anise, cinnamon, and a serious glug of cognac to a base of dry red wine such as shiraz or malbec.
Lady Grey’s Breakfast Toddy
Alpine Distilling, 7132 N Silver Creek Rd 435.200.9537
Stuck on a chairlift? “Whip out a thermos of this heavenly hot and sweet tea toddy ... and make friends with your lift mates,” says bartender Xania Woodman. She adds Alpine’s Lafayette spiced whiskey and a splash of dry curaçao to Lady Grey and English Breakfast teas.