These straight-off-the-slopes haunts will have you revved again in no time.
Aspen Mountain: Slide onto the Ajax Tavern patio (685 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-6334), where snow sportsters and fashionistas gather to see and be seen. Bartender Carrie Williams recommends a beet vodka martini—the perfect ratio of beet-infused vodka, Domaine Canton, and citrus, with a sugar rim. Aspen Highlands: Quench your thirst amid the revelers at Highlands Alehouse (133 Prospector Road, Ste. 4114B, 970-920-3747) with a Hazed and Infused dry-hopped ale from Boulder Beer Co. Back in town, kick your après up at Jimmy’s (205 S. Mill St., 970-925-6020). There, bartender Erin Harris’s go-to cocktail is the Harvest Manhattan—Woody Creek rye, Amaro Nonino, and maple syrup, stirred and served with an apple cider rim.
Snowmass: Post-piste, pop into Ricard at Base Village (110 Carriage Way, Ste. 3106, Snowmass, 970-429-4163) for a Martini Français (vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice). Then, head to Aspen, grab a barstool at Justice Snow’s (328 E. Hyman Ave., 970-429-8192) and let Matt Simpson mix you a custom cocktail. He suggests a whiskey-based Public Display of Affection or gin-based Strazone. Buttermilk: Follow first tracks at Tiehack with Craig Witthoeft’s special Bloody Mary at the bar at Bumps (Buttermilk Mountain Lodge, Colorado 82, 970-920-0991). In Aspen, the living room bar in the family-friendly Limelight Hotel (355 S. Monarch St., 970-925-3025) is tops. Bartender Chrissy Altomare suggests the jalapeño-raspberry Mule, with ginger beer and vodka, served in a copper cup.
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