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 Witte)

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!

Apres drinks at the Mooserwirt

The Mooserwirt, St Anton

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!

apres drinks at the Folie Douce

La Folie Douce

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 ☺

Bombardino Drink

A Bombardino!

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.

La Soucoupe Courchevel

La Soucoupe Courchevel

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.

Hospiz Alm Wine Cellar

The Big Bottled Wine Cellar in the Hospiz Alm

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!). 

 

Our Kaluma guides would be more than happy to show you where to go to find these superb mountain “huts” – I’m sure they’d even join you in a tipple or two as well!

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