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The Hottest New Hang in Aspen Is the Hotel Jerome's Stoli Ice House

The exclusive outdoor vodka bar is open for tastings through March.

By Amanda Rae January 2, 2018 Published in the Holiday 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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The Hotel Jerome grants new meaning to the term "frosty beverages" from December to March (weather willing), as ice-carving guru Scott Rella, of Aspen Vail Ice unveils an intimate, octagon-shaped frozen lounge on the Living Room terrace. Inside, a vodka bar showcases bottles on carved display shelves. Some calculations behind the cool construction:

9: Height in feet of the ice lounge on all sides

3,040: Gallons of water frozen

24,000: Total pounds of ice 

6: Workers who unloaded the ice and built the structure

80: Ice blocks required

300: Weight in pounds of each block

$50,000: Cost of the computer numerical control machine that drove a router to carve the interior shelves and a window

3: Winter Olympic Games at which Rella has competed in ice carving

50+: Varieties of vodka available from around the world

40: Maximum temperature in degrees required to preserve the ice

1: Vodka Czar offering personalized tastings

150: Weight in pounds of the twinkling “Vertical Branch” chandelier custom made by the Paul Ferrante team

6: Maximum number of guests inside 

How to get in:

  • The Stoli Ice House is first come, first serve (no reservations). Cost is $50 per person, plus tax.
  • Hours of operation are 3 p.m.–10 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Ask a bartender or server in the Living Room lounge, or the host at Prospect restaurant, to put your name on the waitlist. 
  • You'll be alerted by text when it's your turn (in groups of two or five at a time).

What's inside:

  • Before entering, don a Canada Goose down jacket, courtesy of Gorsuch, to stay warm during the tasting.
  • The vodka czar (a.k.a. vodka sommelier) talks you through the different vodkas available, their origin, the distillation process, and other facts.
  • The experience takes approximately 20 minutes.
  • You'll receive four 0.75-ounce pours of vodka.

Hotel Jerome
330 E. Main St., Aspen

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