Mountain Mixers: four après cocktails inspired by skiing’s heroes

Mountain Mixers: four après cocktails inspired by skiing’s heroes

A well-crafted cocktail is the perfect treat following a day of skiing—especially when its ingredients are infused with rich skiing heritage.

Colorado-based 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company pays homage to the 10th Mountain Division. In the early 1940s the famed mountain warfare faction trained at Camp Hale, Colorado before being deployed to Europe where its brave troops—camouflaged in white and traveling by skis—helped bring about the end of World War II. In fact, many members of the 10th had a tremendous impact on the fledgling ski industry following the war, founding ski resorts, ski schools and more. Indeed, we owe much to the 10th, and each time we sip a 10th Mountain Whiskey spirit, we’re reminded of this.

Christian Avignon (left) and Ryan Thompson (right), founders of 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company.

The company operates in a state-of-the-art facility in Gypsum, just outside of Vail and down the road from Camp Hale. 10th Mountain, for short, utilizes locally sourced ingredients to produce some of the finest craft liquor in Colorado. The brand’s smooth, sweet Bourbon and spicy Rye are great to enjoy on their own or in a classic whiskey cocktail. Enjoy the clean, crisp taste of its Vodka in a Vodka soda or utilize it in a flavorful cocktail. You can channel your inner bootlegger with 10th Mountain’s Colorado Clear Mountain Moonshine. And finally, the vanilla and peach flavors of the brand’s Cordial liqueur are a welcome addition to many classic cocktails.

10th Mountain employees believe each freshly bottled batch of liquor carries with it the spirit of mountain lifestyle— the same lifestyle championed by men of the 10th Mountain Division. For your next après ski adventure, be sure to indulge in one of these 10th-inspired cocktails and revel in the spirit of the dedicated, adventurous skiers who blazed the trail for us all to follow.


A collection of offerings from 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company.

Riva Ridge Rye & Ginger

Best enjoyed when simplicity is the name of the game.

  • 3 oz 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey
  • 8 oz ginger ale
  • fresh squeezed lime

    10th Toddy

    Best enjoyed after a day of deep, cold powder in your favorite spot.

  • 1 1⁄2 oz 10th Mountain Bourbon
  • 1 Tablesoon honey
  • 1⁄2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water

    Minturn Mule

    Best enjoyed inside while the snow is falling and a little ginger spice is on your mind.

  • 1 1⁄2 oz 10th Mountain Vodka
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 1⁄6 oz lime juice
  • garnish with shaved ginger root
  • serve in copper mug

    8150 Cordial

    Best enjoyed on a warm spring day when the patio is calling your name.

  • 2 oz 10th Mountain Bourbon
  • 3⁄4 oz lemon juice
  • 3⁄4 oz simple syrup
  • 1⁄2 oz 10th Mountain Alpenglow Cordial
  • 1oz club soda

    Location of the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company tasting room


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