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The excitement and adrenalin rush of the last ski run of the day is fading, and it’s getting colder as the sun sets. It’s officially time to warm up in front of the fire with some fire water. We’re talking about high-octane spirits (at least 100 proof) that will heat you up from the inside out. And whether by the shot or the sip, they’re a well-deserved reward for a day spent carving up the slopes.

Bourbon:

Bourbon is not for the faint of heart. For special occasions, there are seriously strong bourbons, including Wild Turkey 101 ($20) and Booker’s ($50), which has a proof of between 121 and 127. What’s amazing is that even at more than 50% alcohol, both spirits are full of rich vanilla flavor and have a long complex finish.

Scotch:

A glass of Scotch is the perfect drink for a relaxing evening in a toasty lodge. While most distillers add some water to their finished product to make it more drinkable, there are a few bottlings that are pure unadulterated whisky. Get comfy and have a glass of Macallan’s 116 proof Cask Strength ($60) whisky or a glass of Laphroaig’s 114 proof 10-year-old Cask Strength  ($50) whisky.

Vodka:

The Russians and Swedes know something about handling cold weather. Their age-old remedy for fighting a chill is a shot of vodka. Turn the thermostat way up with Absolut 100 ($20) or Stoli 100 ($26). (Both vodkas are, of course, 100 proof.) Careful, though: If you have too many rounds you may not feel like skiing the next day.

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