There is snow in the mountains, Mt. Bachelor is open and the holiday season is upon us. In Bend, Oregon that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the snow. Whether you choose to ski, snowboard or snowshoe, the best part of any snow day is your return to Pronghorn Resort for an après ski cocktail.

Sarah Desgrez, Pronghorn Food and Beverage Manager, is sharing a favorite après ski cocktail. “After a day on the slopes, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as stepping into a warm room or lodge with a fire roaring, and savory food,” says Sarah. “And of course, an après ski cocktail!”

Join us in the Clubhouse Friday, November 24th at 6:00 pm for a Craft Cocktail Tasting. We will be featuring delicious liqueurs from Oregon distilleries, including the coffee liqueur from Pilot House Distilling used in this recipe. This special liqueur is cold brewed with Columbia River Roaster‘s Thundermuck espresso beans. We will also have several other fine spirit selections, craft cocktails and appetizers. Click here for more details on this complimentary tasting.

The Perfect Après Ski Cocktail

Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail

4 cups milk (I use 2%, but whole would also be good)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 (5-inch) cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

2 star anise

1 vanilla bean (optional)

2/3 cup Thundermuck Coffee Liqueur from Pilot House Distilling

1/3 cup bourbon (like Maker’s Mark)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

To a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and star anise. If using a vanilla bean, split it open and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and remainder of vanilla bean to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and steaming. Reduce to low and heat for 5 minutes, being careful not to ever let it come to a full boil. Remove from heat. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large heat-proof bowl and carefully pour the liquid over the sieve. Discard the solids. Add the liquid back to the saucepan. Stir in the coffee liqueur, bourbon, and vanilla extract. Enjoy!

Enjoy an après ski cocktail in Cascada after a day at Mt. Bachelor! Book our Stay & Ride FREE package to lock in our best ski vacation deal of the year! One free lift ticket and round-trip shuttle to the mountain for every night booked. Book by November 30, starting at only $249 per night. Click here to book.

The Perfect Après Ski Cocktail