Après-ski, which literally translates to “after-ski,” is a time-honored tradition, as essential to skiing as dodging moguls on a double black diamond run. At ski resorts around the world, powder hounds, ski bums and park rats can be found socializing and celebrating their success on the mountain with a round or two in classic après fashion.
This late-afternoon activity is so popular that many snow bunnies skip the lifts altogether and simply appear for the après part of the day, creating a winter drinking culture unto itself. One popular place to ski and drink: Lake Tahoe.
“The après scene in Tahoe is different all around the lake,” says Grace Rainwater, a bartender at Caliente in Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach in California. The North Shore, where Rainwater bartends, is known for having a more local, less corporate feel. “As a local, coming down off the mountain has a mellow feel to the day, compared to summer when the sun stays out later and people are usually more in a party mode.”
Nothing can compare to a warm, boozy cocktail to reheat your frozen bones après-ski. The Rumplesnuggler is made with hot chocolate, Baileys and Rumple Minze peppermint schnapps, plus whipped cream on top, if you want it. “It tastes like winter in your mouth,” says Rainwater. “And it definitely screams Lake Tahoe. Rumple Minze is one of the top sellers in the area, as is Baileys for coffee in the morning.”
You don’t have to ski to enjoy the Rumplesnuggler. Maybe you’ve been shoveling snow for the past hour. Or maybe you’ve spent all day lying on the couch under a cozy blanket. It tastes great no matter your level of activity, so break out this fun drink any time your body requires the warming influence of minty, creamy, spiked hot chocolate.
- 1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish cream liqueur
- 1 ounce Rumple Minze peppermint schnapps
- 8 ounces hot chocolate
- Garnish: whipped cream
Add hot water to an Irish Coffee mug to warm the glass, then discard the water.
Pour the Baileys, Rumple Minze and hot chocolate into the mug.
Top with whipped cream.