Ski season is here and after freezing it out on the slopes (-15 in Fernie, brrrr!) I can think of no better way to warm up than by sipping a belly-warming, spirit-forward cocktail beside a blazing fire. (Well, maybe by spending an extended stint in a hot tub sipping cold Mt. Begbie brews, but that’s a story for another post.)
This après-ski drink comes from Canadian ski Mecca Whistler Blackcomb, where I nursed it at The Westin Resort & Spa. It hits all the right notes — whiskey, maple syrup and lemon juice — and the sugared rim is a nice touch. Cheers to a great year, and lots more snow in 2015!
- 2 oz Pemberton Distillery single malt whiskey
- .75 oz fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz Canadian maple syrup
Method: Build with ice in a sugar-rimmed lowball glass. Stir. Finish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika, and garnish with a crispy sage leaf, if desired.
— Recipe courtesy The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler