The way I see it, skiers can pretty much be broken down into two categories, the pleasure skier, and the athletic skier. There is the skier that seeks out the longest, most scenic way down every time and then there is the skier that has the need for speed. There is the one who carefully carves her winding way down the trail without a care in the world vs. the one that wants to be challenged and sticks mainly to black diamonds. Perhaps it’s because I am from the south or perhaps it’s because I didn’t learn to ski till I was 16 but, I am, and always will be, a pleasure skier. And being a pleasure skier comes with a deep love for the aprés ski warmth of a fire and a yummy drink.This weekend might be our last “chilly” weekend of the year here in Richmond, Virgina and I am planning to warm up with our ski trip‘s signature cocktail. This gingery warm beverage feels almost medicinal after a long day on the slopes.
To make our aprés ski cocktail you will need:
- 1.5 oz of bourbon
- 1 tsp of allspice dram
- 1 oz of ginger syrup (recipe below)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 3 oz of boiling water
Start with your boiling water in the mug of your choice. Stir all of your ingredients in, garnish with an orange peel and, enjoy!Ginger syrup is simple to make and I can’t wait to come up with refreshing ways to incorporate in into our summer cocktails. Roughly chop fresh ginger and put in into a blender with equal parts sugar and water (to make enough syrup for the weekend I did 1 cup of each). Blend until your mixture is smooth and then strain through a sieve. That’s it!
Stay warm, friends!