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Park City’s best après-ski drinks.

Park City’s après-ski scene, which harks back to our days of mines and saloons, is alive and kicking with a wide variety of tasty concoctions to enjoy. So after you take your last run, point your boards to one of these great watering holes and celebrate your epic day with friends old and new. Cheers!

FROSTY

The Park City Cosmo would make Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and gals proud. Legends Bar & Grill has added its own twist to the classic drink, mixing Absolut Vodka, Chambord, pomegranate juice, and a splash of OJ.  Legends Bar & Grill, 1310 Lowell Ave; 435.649.8111; parkcitymountain.com.

The Orange Crush from High West Distillery & Saloon (the world’s only ski-in whiskey distillery) is a scrumptious libation that was just created this season. It mixes High West’s Silver Western Oat Whiskey, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and orange juice over crushed ice.  High West Distillery & Saloon, 703 Park Ave; 435.649.8300; highwest.com.

Gaze out at the slopes from The Sky Club’s hip rooftop bar, and try this year’s Park City Cocktail Contest drink of the year, the Sky Blue Acai Sour. It mixes Absolut Berri Acai Vodka with a splash of lemon and blue curaçao, suavely served on the rocks.  The Sky Lodge, 201 Heber Ave at Main Street; 435.658.2500; theskylodge.com.

Sit on the deck or inside at Royal Street Café and sip the award-winning Blueberry Mojito at the end of the day. The rum/lemonade/blueberry/mint mixture is sure to refresh your ski soul.  Royal Street Café, 7600 Royal St (in Silver Lake Lodge); 435.645.6724; deervalley.com.

The St. Regis Bar’s 7452 Bloody Mary is made from its original 1934 recipe and given a high-altitude spin (the bar sits at 7,452 feet) with local High West Vodka 7000, a Wasabi-celery spume, and a rim of black lava salt. Enjoy the slopeside seating while possibly spying a celebrity or two.  St. Regis, 2300 Deer Valley Drive E; 435.940.5700; stregisdeercrest.com.

Craving a taste from South of the Border? Then Baja Cantina is your place to enjoy après-ski beverages. Pick from one of the eight specialty margaritas, including the ever popular House Margarita with Jose Cuervo Gold. You also can suggest your own variation made with any of the 10 different tequilas available.  Baja Cantina, 1284 Lowell Ave; 435.649.2252; bajaparkcity.com.

FROTHY

Wasatch Brewing Company’s Polygamy Porter (whose joke tagline is “Why have just one?”) is a dark, medium ale served throughout town, including at the infamous No Name Saloon & Grill in the heart of Old Town. Order a bottle of the award-winning brew and try your hand at shuffleboard. No Name Saloon, 447 Main St; 435.649.6667; nonamesaloon.net.

At the Austrian-inspired Goldener Hirsch Inn, try one of the many unbeatable international beers or wrap your hands around a warm mug of Glühwein, red wine mulled with orange, cloves, and cinnamon. It’s a common holiday drink in the Alps—and it may get you yodeling in no time.  Goldener Hirsch Inn, 7570 Royal St; 435.649.7770; goldenerhirschinn.com.

The Big Stick from Edgar’s Beer and Spirit Lounge appears at first glance to be an innocent hot chocolate, but devilishly good butterscotch schnapps and Frangelico are mixed in—and a dollop of whipped cream comes on top—for a delicious toasty end to a great day.  Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Lodge, 2250 Deer Valley Drive S; 435.649.1000; deervalley.com.

Ski over to the new Vista Lounge & Terrace and take the chill off with a Mocha Rum Toddy. You’ll warm up to this freshly brewed premium coffee with aged dark rum, dark crème de cacao, and simple syrup, topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder.  Montage Deer Valley, 9100 Marsac Ave; 435.604.1300; montagedeervalley.com.

Order up The Cabin’s Hot Apple Pie. Yes, the all-American dessert has been transformed into a delicious drink mixing Tuaca, a vanilla citrus liqueur, with apple cider.  The Grand Summit, 4000 Canyons Resort Drive; 435.615.8060; thecanyons.com.

Spruce, recently voted bar of the year, mixes up a delectable Lady Marmalade. The warm brandy and Grand Marnier with orange marmalade creates a luxurious treat for your taste buds.  Waldorf Astoria, 2100 W Frostwood Blvd; 435.647.5500; waldorfastoria.com/parkcity.

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