Taste a Winner

Martini Genies

When ski-world event planners go nostalgia-hunting, they usually end up in the neon and light-beer culture of the ’80s: think Hot Tub Time Machine.

By Michael Miracle February 1, 2014 Published in the Midwinter/Spring 2014 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Image: Alex Irvin

Inexplicably overlooked is a more debonair era—the turtlenecks, Gin Rickeys, and communal ski lodges of the period bookended by the films Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Ski Party (1965). The Après-Ski Cocktail Classic (March 13–16, apresskicocktailclassic.com), headquartered in the Westin and Wildwood hotels in Snowmass, should, to judge from the drinks on offer, at least hint at that more refined past. Now in its second year, the event sees participants sipping the handiwork of mixology magicians, including Tony Abou-Ganim and the James Beard–awarded Kim Haasarud, at grand tastings from 3 to 6 p.m. Private tastings of premium spirits and cocktail-and-food-pairing dinners occur on Friday and Saturday nights, and the whole shaken-and-stirred shindig concludes with the Great Après-Ski Pub Crawl in downtown Aspen on Sunday—seven specialty cocktails at seven different bars. Your task: pop them all while staying as suave as Dean Martin.

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