13 Most Popular Après Ski Drinks After a Day at the Snow

October 02, 2022 by Helena Lombard

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Après Ski drinks is a popular pastime enjoyed in ski countries across the globe. It’s a French term, which literally means “after-ski” and for many this drinks tradition is just as important as the skiing itself. So, if you’re reading this from your chalet in the Alps (lucky!), or if you’re stuck at home on a snowy winter’s day, we have 11 of the best Après Ski drink recipes to warm you up. One word of warning though: don’t drink and ski. These cocktails are best enjoyed after an adrenaline-packed day on the slopes. 

1. Hot Toddy

Two Hot Toddy Cocktails garnished with whole sticks of cinnamon and star anise., presented on a wooden platter among Christmas trimmings

The Hot Toddy is one of the most classic winter drinks, and it couldn’t be simpler to make. You will need whiskey, lemon, honey, spices, and hot water. Every sip is absolute bliss and will give you the same warm feeling you get from a hot bubble bath. If whiskey isn’t your cup of tea, mix this winter cocktail with brandy, rum, or cognac instead. There are no rules to making this drink other than that it should be served as the name suggests: while it’s hot. 

2. Espresso Martini

Front view of three decadent Espresso Martini cocktails served with sweet and savory snacks

This is one of the most famous Martinis and doesn’t need much of an introduction. If you spent a long day on the slopes and you’re looking for a quick energy kick, then the Espresso Martini will definitely do the trick. Our recipe is easy to adapt to your friends’ tastes, and you can make it as indulgent or as simple as you want. Make these, and drink to your health, wealth, and happiness. Cheers!   

3. Mulled Wine/ Vin Chaud

Two mulled wines with star anise as seen from above

Mulled wine is another regular on Après Ski drink menus worldwide, with different countries adding different flavours and garnishes. To make our Mulled Wine, combine red wine, baking spices, brandy, fresh oranges, and sugar in a pot, cover and simmer for up to 3 hours. Serve in warmed mugs with garnishes of your choice. This spiced wine is easy to make in a batch, so it’s perfect for large gatherings. 

4. Aperol Spritz

Three Aperol Spritz cocktails in wine glasses garnished with orange slices, viewed from the front, with Christmas trimmings in the background.

The Aperol Spritz is synonymous with slowing down and taking it easy with friends. It’s one of the more popular Italian Après Ski drinks around and is easy to mix together. Made with Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water, this refreshing drink is lower in alcohol than most cocktails, so you can enjoy more than one. This is the perfect drink for springtime skiers. 

5. Hugo Spritz

Front view of Hugo Cocktail garnished with lime wheels

Speaking of brilliant Italian traditions and light, bubbly drinks, the Hugo Spritz is another exciting low-ABV addition to the après ski lifestyle. Made with elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, and club soda, it’s a delightful floral spin on the Aperol Spritz. Make these bubbly low-proof drinks to kick off cocktail hour in style.   

6. Irish Coffee

Two Irish Coffee glasses garnished with chocolate drizzle presented on a wooden table

The Irish Coffee had a reputation for being “dad’s drink” for many years, but this classic combination is an excellent addition to your Après Ski drink collection. Made with whiskey and coffee (a classic combination), sugar, and whipped cream, it’s the perfect pick-me-up after a long day on the slopes. Make sure to check out our best coffee cocktails for more inspiration. 

7. Tom and Jerry

Spicy Tom and Jerry cocktails served in cosy mugs

The Tom and Jerry cocktail is a warm milk punch made up of two parts: batter (made with butter, eggs, sugar, spices, and rum) and brandy. This spiced boozy milk cocktail is often compared to eggnog and was created in England in the 1820s. While it’s not the easiest drink to make, it’s well worth the effort. Why? Because butter makes everything better!   

8. Hot Buttered Rum

Two Hot Buttered Rum cocktails in mugs, garnished with a cinnamon stick each

Speaking of butter, if you’re a rum lover and you haven’t tried these epic hot buttered rum drinks, you haven’t lived! This classic cocktail dates back decades and is downright delicious. Made with rum, brown sugar, butter, hot water, and a smorgasbord of baking spices, this is one of the best Après Ski drink recipes around. Irresistibly warm and sweet, these rum-forward drinks are best enjoyed fireside with good friends. 

9. Bourbon Maple Cider

Close up of a glass of Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail with fresh apple slices around it

After a day of skiing, you probably can’t be bothered with butter or batters. If that’s the case, then a Bourbon Maple Cider might just be the answer. This simple Après Ski drink is easy to mix up, and you can scale up the ingredients for a big group. Made with bourbon, apple cider, and maple syrup, this cocktail is best served hot, but you can do an iced version if you prefer. A real crowd-pleaser on a chilly day.   

10. Kir Royale

A close-up of two Kir Royale cocktails in Champagne flutes, garnished with fresh raspberries, presented on a wooden surface covered with a white cloth

This incredibly simple French Champagne cocktail will be the perfect ending to an adrenaline-packed day. A Kir Royale is made with blackcurrant liqueur and Champagne and is one of the easiest cocktails for beginners. Serve this elegant drink to celebrate the simple joys of life and time well spent with friends. À votre santé! 

11. Dutch Tea

Editorial style image of two dainty cups of European-Style Hot Chocolate on a table inside a sumptuous room in Versailles

You don’t see a lot of warm vodka drinks around, so this one excited us. To make one, you will need Dutch tea, vodka, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. If the earthy taste of tea isn’t your thing, replace it with coffee instead. This is one of the best Après Ski drinks to convert into a batch for bigger crowds. Serve your Dutch Tea cocktails piping hot with sugar biscuits on the side for dipping. 

12. Negroni

Four Negroni cocktails presented in cut-glass tumblers, placed on a white table among festive Christmas trimmings with a tree in background

The genius of the Negroni cocktail lies in its simple, equal-parts formula. Campari is the one constant, but gin and sweet vermouth can be switched to create new and interesting cocktails. By following this equation, the red soul of a Negroni remains intact. Campari’s official Negroni family tree features nine variations that all sprout from the original recipe.

13. Penicillin Cocktail

Two Penicillin cocktails on a table in a home lounge on a sunny day

If the idea of a honey ginger syrup cocktail is right up your alley, may we please introduce you to the Penicillin Cocktail? This zesty whiskey cocktail with its soothing notes of ginger and lemon will definitely warm you up from the inside out. It’s pretty much a cool version of the iconic Hot Toddy, and we’re here for this contemporary spin on the ultimate feel-better classic.

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There are plenty of options when it comes to popular Après Ski drinks. A few favourites include the Aperol Spritz, Dutch Tea and Tom and Jerry cocktails.

Après Ski is a French term and translates to “after-ski.”

Anything that will warm you up! Bourbon Maple Cider, Hot Toddies and Hot Buttered Rum are all excellent snowy day drinks.

Warm milk is a great drink to enjoy as a nightcap. For a more adult version, spike it create a Tom and Jerry milk punch cocktail.

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