Four Cocktails That Are Reinventing The Meaning of A Nightcap

By Hayden Gamble | December 19, 2019 | Food & Drink

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The night cap that may not be the last drink of the evening: Moonlight EXpresso

These sweet cocktails are reinventing what a nightcap in Aspen means.

Moonlight EXpresso

Marble Distilling Co.’s Moonlight EXpresso is “a modern take on an old-world recipe,” according to owners. It’s a complex dark-roasted coffee liqueur blended with locally roasted Guatemalan coffee beans. The liqueur is distilled through limestone harvested from nearby—you guessed it—Marble, Colo. 150 Main St., Carbondale, marbledistilling.com

The Teddy Gram

The W’s living room bar serves up a robust cocktail menu, including this holiday-themed creation consisting of Rittenhouse rye, Tio Pepe Fino sherry, yellow Chartreuse and graham cracker syrup, topped off with a marshmallow rim. Aspen’s newest hotel also has its own take on the famed espresso martini (it includes a mint twist). 550 Spring St., marriott.com

Harry & Lloyd Part Deaux

A hip subterranean supper club known for its sumptuous plates, disco dance parties and uniquely crafted cocktails fused with the top spirits in the world, 7908’s must-have sip is the Weekend at Earnie’s with Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, Vedrenne Curacao, lemongrass and passion fruit bubbles. Order the Laughter in Paradise—with Diplomatico Mantuano Rum, passion fruit, lemongrass, lime and vino foam—for a more relax-in-the-sand-on-the-beach vibe. 415 E. Hyman Ave., 7908aspen.com

Mezcal Cold Brew

For a midday pick-me-up that’s sure to add some buzz to your day, stop in for lunch at Meat & Cheese and enjoy the Vietnamese-style cold brew with sweetened condensed milk, mezcal vago and honey simple syrup. Pair it with tamarind chicken for a mouth-sizzling experience. 319 E. Hopkins Ave., meatcheese.avalancheaspen.com



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Photography by: Shawn O’Connor