28 Jan Our Favourite Après Drinks and Where to Find Them
Picking our favourite après drinks was a near impossible task as there are literally so many to choose from… so many tasty, ever so bad for you drinks! But we have tried to pick the ones with a little twist, or you may not have heard of.
Everyone has heard of the Flying Hirsch / Vodka Red Bull / Jägermeister Redbull / Jagerbull – whatever you want to call it. A shot of Jägermeister dropped into a larger glass of Red Bull. We think this would be an all time number one across the Alps if a vote came to a vote!
Here’s our favourites, in no particular order:
Après Drink 1: A Hot Widow (Heisse Witwe)
Where to have it: Mooserwirt, St Anton
This is quite a tasty shooter and warms you up a little bit as well. The Mooser do it well and with plenty of cream! Yes – cream, you heard it right. It’s a warmed up plum or cherry liquor with whipped cream on top and sprinkled with cinnamon. Mix it up, “Prost”, knock it back. Dance on to the après ski cheese-tastic songs at the Mooserwirt!
Après Drink 2: Folie Douce Rosé
Where to have it: La Folie Douce in Val D’Isère, Meribel, Courchevel, Morzine and Val Thorens
It would be criminal to talk about après ski in France and not mention the Folie Douce. It is the home of après and boy do they do it with a bang….literally with firework displays and zip line deliveries of Champagne! As we start to enter the Spring skiing months the arrival of a bottle of their house rosé to your table and the sun warming your face after the best day skiing will remind you why you love this sport oh so much!
Après Drink 3: Bombardino
Where to have it: Grand Hotel Mont Blanc Courmayeur
Its name allegedly derives from an exclamation made by one of its first drinkers on acknowledgment of its heat and high alcohol content. A mix of (a lot) of brandy, egg liqueur and a good dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles of chocolate makes this the perfect pick me up to any run ☺
Après Drink 4: Roberts Home Made plum Schnapps
Where to have it: Rodel Alm, St Anton
Schnapps usually makes people cringe and pull one of those “oh my god what have I just drunk” faces as soon as it touches the lips….however, we have to say, this homemade plum delicacy is a real treat. Strong enough to strip paint, but smooth enough to drink at least 3 or 4….!! The Rodel Alm sits on the edge of the home run to Nasserein and does amazing lunches with a huge sun terrace. It’s perfectly placed for an après drink as well thanks to its easy access back to both ends of St Anton.
Après Drink 5: A glass or bottle of Champagne of your choice
Where to have it: La Soucoupe, Courchevel
At the end of the day skiing where else would you stop for your favourite glass of champagne than La Soucoupe. If the snow is falling along with the temperature then you can cosy up next to the open fire inside or in fine weather sit on the beautiful sun terrace which boasts 360 views of the mountain and watch the sun set and know you pretty much have the home run to yourself.
Après Drink 6: Any Big Bottle of Wine
Where to have it: Hospiz Alm, St Christoph
No drinking round-up can be completed without mentioning this legendary drinking hut! In the small mountain village of St Christoph lies the Hospiz Alm, an unassuming restaurant on the side of the piste with a lovely big terrace. However, underneath you will find the World’s Largest, Big Bottled Wine Cellar. It’s a sight to behold and once you’ve seen it, it’s hard not to enjoy it. If you are with a group of friends then let the sommelier help you pick a 3,6, 9, 12, 15 or 18 litre bottle to enjoy with your friends, either in the sun after a great ski, or tucked inside by the fireplace enjoying the music, the ambience and the excellent attention by the staff.
We would always advocate safe and sensible drinking when on the slopes and if you’ve had too much don’t ski, get a lift or a taxi home (if you can!).