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‘Boat Libations – Winter Cocktail Series

12/17/2020 09:39AM ● By Rachel Miller

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- We are all still adjusting to the new “normal” of life as we enter the winter season, and just like the rest of 2020, a lot will look different this ski season. Happy hours and cocktail gatherings after a long day on the slopes will look different­­ – the masses of visitors won’t be gathering in the local mountain bars and downtown Steamboat Springs won’t be packed with ski bums still rocking their snow gear inside as they put down a few cold ones. Luckily, the restaurant community here in Steamboat Springs has been crushing the takeout game and to-go cocktails are the new hit. Enjoy these tasty craft cocktails from our favorite local spots right inside your own home.

Photo courtesy of Aurum Food & Wine Instagram account.


Aurum Manhattan

This simple yet stylish cocktail is batched for two and ready for you to take home. Aurum’s mix of American whiskey, Italian vermouth and a splash of green Chartreuse makes this Manhattan sweet and savory, but it still packs a bite. 

Buffalo Trace Bourbon / Green Chartreuse / Carpano Antica / Luxardo Maraschino

Take your martini to the next level with a blue cheese stuffed olive at Harwigs.


Harwigs Vodka Martini

Some may say Harwigs has the best martini on Lincoln Avenue. All we know is the floral and herbal aromas of the vermouth make it rather easy to have more than one of these after a fun day on the slopes. Order one or three with just about anything on Harwigs’ takeout menu and you won’t be disappointed. 

Grey Goose Vodka / Boissiere Vermouth / olives

Photo courtesy of Bésame Instagram account.


Bésame Tipsy Carrot

You can always count on this place to shake up some tasty beverages. Here is a local favorite: The Tipsy Carrot. If the name alone doesn’t intrigue you enough, have you ever tried tequila with carrot juice? Bésame’s twist on a margarita will have you thinking about this cocktail on and off the slopes.

Herradura Blanco Tequila / carrot juice / lime / chili syrup / hellfire bitters / fresno chili / cilantro

Photo courtesy of Mambo Italiano Instagram account.


Mambo Italiano Paloma Italiana

Nothing ends a ski day better than a fresh, crisp paloma. Mambo Italiano puts a nice little spin on a simple, classic cocktail giving tons of flavor with an even nicer kick of tequila. Have one or five – no one is allowed to judge you when you’re sipping from home. 

Suerte Reposado Tequila / Campari / pink grapefruit juice / lime / agave / pompelmo soda / mint

The Pony Express by Steamboat Whiskey Co. 


The Pony Express

If you're looking for Christmas in a cocktail, this is your drink. Steamboat Whiskey Co. is known for their delicious craft cocktails – every drink on their menu is worth trying. This winter sipper, made with their Warrior Whiskey, can be enjoyed  before or after dinner with dessert!

Warrior Whiskey / coconut cream / Triple Sec / house-made coffee liqueur / simple syrup / maple syrup