There's no denying the bewitchingly intoxicating nature of experiencing Aspen's cocktail scene in person. But some evenings, especially when you're cozily ensconced by a roaring fire, it's a treat to stay at home. Or maybe you're having guests over and want to go beyond the standard gin and tonic or Moscow mule. Luckily, we convinced a trio of local establishments to share the recipes for their popular winter cocktails, perfect for sipping from the comfort of your couch.
This pepper-infused mule cocktail featured at the Marble Distilling Co. in Carbondale and the Marble Bar in Aspen will warm you up from the inside out. In December, the distillery launched its limited-edition Fire vodka as a way to give back to the community. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sale of the spirits support the Zach Burn Foundation, which helps youth burn survivors and their families. The vodka is available at both of Marble's bars and at local liquor stores ($19.99 per bottle)
Fill your favorite glass with ice, then add:
1 1/2 oz Marble Distilling Co. Fire (pepper-infused) vodka
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
1 1/2 oz Woody Creek Distillers Colorado Straight Rye ($44.99 per bottle, woodycreekdistillers.com)
1/2 oz blood orange juice
1/2 oz passion fruit juice
1 1/2 oz roasted pineapple mash (grill pineapple slices, remove the core, then blend until smooth with water and simple syrup)
1/2 oz lemon juice
One of the yurts at the pop-up EMP Winter House at the St. Regis Aspen features decor inspired by Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($49.99 per bottle, bladeandbowwhiskey.com). This refreshingly simple and warming drink is perfectly suited for the unique space.
Garnish with a stick of cinnamon.