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Resorts spruce up cocktail menus for après ski

Wednesday - 1/2/2013, 10:46am  ET

This undated image provided by Moonlight Basin Resort in Big Sky, Mont., shows a bloody mary served at the resort that’s made with vodka from Montana’s Vigilante distillery, topped off with a bit of locally sourced elk jerky. The cocktail is one of a number of specialty drinks offered for the apres ski crowd at resorts and hotels around the West. (AP Photo/Moonlight Basin Resort)

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- After a long day on the slopes, nothing quite eases the aches and pains like a good drink.

For Brian Sbrocco, the perfect end to a recent day of skiing was a beer float.

Yes, a beer float.

"It's not quite the root beer float I grew up on," Sbrocco said. "It's one of the concoctions that you wouldn't normally do; you wouldn't combine beer and ice cream but it blended it beautifully."

The drink at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Avon, Colo., is just one of the latest trendy cocktails designed for those coming off the slopes.

Skiers have always sought out a refreshing drink or two after a day of racing down the mountain. Every afternoon, they can be seen unbuckling tight boots and heading into slopeside bars. Beer flows freely while a cheesy guitarist or cover band wails away.

But now resorts are making apr
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