Aspen's Best Haute Chocolate Sips

| January 16, 2013 | Peak Eats Latest The Latest

1 - Aspen's Best Haute Chocolate Sips
Spiked hot chocolate at The Little Nell

In ski towns like our beloved Aspen, inspired hot toddies and hot cocoa are sipped and savored nearly year-round. But in the wintertime, local restaurants and bars get especially creative with their haute chocolate offerings, especially the spiked variety. Herewith, we give you the four best places to get your cocoa fix.

The Living Room
The new Hotel Jerome lobby bar, The Living Room, has quickly become a favorite après lounge. The mixologists here serve two versions of hot chocolate: one traditional and one spiked. The ultra-rich Bellagio Hot Chocolate comes topped with house-made raspberry marshmallows while the Grown Up Hot Chocolate mixes piping hot chocolate with Patron XO Café Dark and Grand Marnier. 330 E. Main St., 970-920-1000

The Little Nell

Well known for her decadent desserts, Little Nell pastry chef Danielle Riesz makes one of the best hot chocolates in town. And she’s willing to share the recipe! Bring to boil two cups each half and half and sugar, then add one tablespoon cocoa powder and one and a half ounces of good chocolate (Riesz recommends 58 percent Trudelia chocolate). Finish with a pinch of salt. At Little Nell, Riesz tops her ultimate hot chocolate with house-made marshmallows and, on request, a shot of Frangelico or coffee liqueur. 675 E Durant Ave., 970-920-4600

39 Degrees
The winter menu and cocktail list at 39 Degrees is truly inspired. Case in point, the sinfully sweet Death By Chocolate, which packs a punch with Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream, Navan vanilla cognac, homemade hot chocolate, and marshmallows. 709 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-6760

Creperie Du Village
If you prefer a pot of hot chocolate, as opposed to a single mug, head over to Creperie Du Village, a European-inspired restaurant that delivers year-round alpine charm reminiscent of old Aspen. In true Swiss tradition, Creperie’s Fondu au Chocolat promises a molten bowl of chocolate, served with strawberries, bananas, and pain perdu. 400 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-925-1566

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