Mountain weekends are the best. Getting away, anywhere, for the weekend is pretty great, but I’ve got to say that it is tough to beat the mountains. There is something about the smell of pine, log cabins, and no cell service that is just what you need to recharge your batteries. I am also a HUGE sucker for a wood burning fireplace. I seriously would spend all night tending to and watching a wood burning fire, if it didn’t make everyone I was with uncomfortable. (You might be wondering why this is awkward, but I am here to tell you, it is. He just hoards over the fireplace and keeps poking at it. It’s creepy.)
Anywho, on a weekend in the mountains when I am not tending bar or to a fire, I usually am snowboarding. Snowboarding/skiing is great and all but let’s talk about the absolute best part of a ski day. It is not getting chili cheese fries and a Bud heavy at lunch, although that is epic. No, the best part of a ski day is the moment when you get to take your boots off. Dear lord baby jesus, it is incredible. Whitney jokes that at the end of a long day, taking her bra off is like winning the super bowl. If that is the case then taking you boots off after a ski day must be like winning the super bowl, Heisman trophy, and Olympic gold all in the same day. It honestly is the best. (He wins. Ski boots are worse than bras.)
Obviously, after I get over the ecstasy of taking off my boots, I pretty quickly change my focus to what type of Apres Ski I am going to have (for those of you at sea level, Apres Ski means cocktails after skiing). An old trusty is the Hot Toddy which is pretty delicious. However, this time when we were in Breckenridge, while at a restaurant, I got a delightful St. Germain cocktail. I am not going to talk about that beverage today (it’s coming) but it did pique my interest in other St. Germain cocktails. So today we have Le Roi Robert, basically a “French” Rob Roy. I made one recently with a nice blended scotch and it was delicious and definitely something that would make a perfect Apres Ski. I hope you enjoy.
Yes. You do see Blue Label in that photo. We have to be honest. It's not our favorite so we use it for cocktails. Think it's wrong if you must, but for our preference, that money is better spent on Yamazaki 18. Now that, we are never mixing. Use whatever scotch you like.
- Single Malt or Blended Scotch - 2 ounces
- St. Germain - 1/2 ounce
- Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth - 1/2 ounce
- Angostura Bitters - 2 dashes
- flamed orange peel - 1