These mountain drinks are national and regional favourites in many popular ski destinations. Why not give them a try next time you set off for your ski holiday? Or, if you’ve never been to the slopes, perhaps these tasty beverages will tempt you to join the club!
Some drinks like mulled wine are universally loved by people across the globe. This Christmas favourite is known as vin chaud in France, gluhwein in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and glögg in Scandinavia.
Another firm favourite is the famous hot chocolate. Many ski bars offer a little measure of whiskey or brandy to give it a little kick which is perfect for when you’re really in need of warming up!
Not so much known for any particular drinks or dishes, Bulgaria is typically loved for its value for money as one of the cheapest holiday destinations in Europe.
However, a particular beverage that is a Southeast favourite is a drink called Rakia. It’s so popular that Bulgaria is currently trying to have it declared their national drink so they can lower the duty charge on it.
Rakia is a brandy with a tasty plum flavour that is normally taken as an aperitif to compliment a starter course as part of an evening meal. However it’s also served hot with spices and sweeteners too! Perfect after a day’s ski.
If Rakia doesn’t sound like your thing, then there’s always Oblak, a popular cocktail made by combining a liquor called Mastika -which has an anise-like flavour-, with Mentha – a liquor with a sweet, minty taste. An interesting mix, this drink divides opinion.
The best loved mountain drinks in France are usually: Chartreuse, a spirit made from an impressive 130 herbs at a heady 55%, Demi-Peche, a mixture of beer and peach schnapps, and Génépi, a herb-based liquor made from a mountain plant.
Austria is home to many suitable ski drinks from the strange Flugel (a concoction of Fanta and Coke), to the famous Jägermeister.
One beverage in particular Austria is renowned for is its beer, as much a part of its national identity as strudel and lederhosen. You can’t really go wrong with a beer, and Austria’s own is particularly good.
You’ll find some bizarre concoctions in Finland. How about Fisu? A shot made by combining Fisherman’s friends and vodka. No? Well then there’s always Salmiakki which is a salty liquorice shot that tastes about as good as it sounds.
If these traditional options don’t float your boat, then why not try the 10/80, a ruthless take on the white wine spritzer. Simply grab an empty pint glass, pour in half a bottle of white wine and a shot of syrup, then top it up with lemonade or soda water. Once you’re done, you have a pretty lethal cocktail.
Surprisingly, Canada has a wide array of drinks available for the ski lover.
You’ll find Canadian Club rye whiskey, British Columbian Kokanee beer, and Yukon Jack, advertised as the “Black sheep of Canadian Liquors”. It’s a 100% proof drink made from Canadian whiskey and honey.
However, one drink appears to be the most popular by far: The Caesar.
Not particularly well known outside of Canada, The Caesar is most commonly used as a hangover cure. A modernised Bloody Mary, it includes tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, vodka, and a spiced tomato drink called Clamato which lies somewhere on the spectrum between clam broth and tomato juice.
“Ewww!” you say, but well worth a try when your head is pounding.
A traditional Scandinavian spirit is Akvavit which translates as “water of life”. It gets its distinctive flavour from the many herbs and spices used to make it. Enjoy as a warm up on a chilly day on the slopes or after a hearty dinner.
Coffee is the first drink that comes to mind when you think of Italy, but it can easily be jazzed up with an alcoholic twist. Try a caffé corretto, which consists of a shot of espresso and a small amount of liquor – usually grappa, Sambuca, or brandy.
For a stronger fix, try the Bombardino, a creamy drink made by combining brandy and eggnog, it’s served hot and topped with plenty of whipped cream. The name reportedly originates from its creation in which one of the first people to try it exclaimed in Italian: “It’s like a bomb!”