Whether after a long day at the office or accompanying a savory meal, cocktails are fitting for all occasions. This roundup recommends five places with remarkable mixed drinks for the luxury-seeking local.
The Living Room at Hotel Jerome Exactly as the name suggests, this cozy cocktail space, which is located in the Hotel Jerome, is designed to feel like lounging in your own home. Craft cocktails, such as the peach perfect, made with Ketel one peach, orange blossom botanical vodka, lemon, and St. Germaine Domaine de Danton, can be enjoyed on the Living Room’s plush, club furniture. Small snacks are the ultimate comfort food to accompany an apéritif—think charred spicy edamame or confit lollipop chicken drumsticks. 330 E. Main St., 970.920-1000, aubergeresorts.com
Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar Exposed brick walls, sparkling chandeliers, leather seats and mood lighting are just enough to draw Aspen cocktail lovers inside. Craft beer, house spirits and bar snacks, such as cheeseboards and marinated feta and olives, complement Hooch’s expansive cocktail menu. The chronic tonic cocktail is just one of the many concoctions on Hooch’s list and is made with Jin Jiji gin, house-made turmeric ginger syrup, Jack Rudy tonic syrup, lemon, strongwater CBD, bitters and soda water. 301 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.710.7275, hooch.avalancheaspen.com
7908 Aspen Aspen’s luxury supper club lives by the motto “eat, drink, dance!” While this spot flaunts elevated entrees, bottle service and a dance lounge soundtracked by resident DJ Bryan Normand, you don’t want to miss 7908’s superb bar. The signature cocktail list boasts the cloud nine, which is made with Hendrick’s orbium gin, blackberry, sage, lemon, prosecco, cotton candy, or a winter-inspired mule, which is made with Absolut Elyx, house ginger beer and holiday bitters. 415 E. Hyman Ave., 970.516.7908, 7908aspen.com
Steakhouse No. 316 Prime Kobe and New York strip steaks are usually in the spotlight at this steakhouse until now. Steakhouse No. 316’s bar menu pairs small plates with chardonnays, stouts and house-curated cocktails. A selection of old-fashioned cocktails awaits at the bottom of the menu, offering various combinations of vermouths, bitters and rye for the beverage connoisseur. Pair a sinless negroni with 316’s jumbo lump crab cake or the tuna tartare. 316 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.920.1893, steakhouse316.com
Monarch Aspen This polished, London-style steakhouse, just steps away from Aspen Ski Resort, serves an intriguing cocktail with a distinctive flavor palate. The beluga and caviar cocktail is one of the Monarch’s best-kept secrets, made with beluga gold line noble Russian vodka, caviar and cucumber. Pair a Kansas City strip steak or prime filet tartare with one of Monarch’s six different takes on the classic Manhattan cocktail. 411 S. Monarch St., 970.925.2838, monarchaspen.com