Winter, how does Messenger Aspen love thee, let us count the ways…
1. Powder days, finally
2. Kickass locals (J1’s, we’re talking about you too)
3. Wafts of marijuana smoke (everywhere)
4. Bird’s Nest Gallery Popup (ie doggie daycare)
5. Mi Chola happy hour margs and guacamole after hitting it hard
6. Puffies that hide our snow-besity rolls
7. (Shameless plug for) the Underground MVMNT
8. Sick days and snow days are synonymous
9. Tips get higher as the temps gets lower
10. And most importantly, (slow chant) Apres, Apres, APRES!!!
Speaking of which, guess what’s coming to town next weekend, and this year the experience free and open to everyone…
APRES SKI COCKTAIL CLASSIC!
If you’ve never been, this weekend’s a mandatory. And now that it’s free, with the exception of a few select events that are worthy of your hard earned dineros, Messenger wants to see your chapped, pink faces all about town! It just so happens, we got Joe Lang and his crew on the phone this week, to find out what these epic event producers have in store for us. After hanging up, we ‘re opting to eat kale, splurge on Spring Cafe cleanses, and maybe go as far as making this weekend a “one martini a night” kinda of affair just to get prepped for the Classic.
So here’s whaddio from our perspective.
Thursday Night: Take your bootie on over to Jimmy’s Bodega for the opening Apres Ski Party where special cocktails will be flowin’ and David Higgins Band will be playin’! And for those of us who are on the spectrum, and therefore love Christina Cook, the Cocktail Classic’s partnering with Aspen Strong this time around to celebrate good choices. Like many Aspenites know, working on the front line of hospitality 24/7 for months in a row can take it’s toll. Hence, why the Après Temperance Society, (the Classic’s non-profit) helps promote health & wellness amongst members of the Spirits Industry.
Friday: Upon opening your eyes, slide into the snowsuit and ride that gondola up to “The Top of the World” for sipping, and s’mores in a nearby cabin. The Apres Tasting Experience kicks off at 3pm, be sure to make the rounds there are artisanal craft cocktails with your name on it. But what Messenger’s hot on is the Gin Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres party from 7-9pm held at private resident’s Historic Aspen Cabin! Word on the street is that not only will this be a unique experience with the ticket price, but the appetizers by James Beard awarded Chef, Robert Del Grande promises to be delectable and will definitely serve as a meal to fortify you for the rest of the evening!
Saturday: Make it a ground hog’s day of Friday, that is until 5:30 rolls around. We’ve been assured that these two seminars by award-winning mixologists and brand ambassadors are a must. Monkey Shoulder’s Sebastien Derbomez and Drambuie’s Vance Henderson, are a blast to learn from as the name of their seminar suggests, “Toddy for the Party! The new face of the Hot Toddy!” Following this entertaining duo is Reyka’s ambassador, Trevor Schneider, who’ll shake up your mule game something fierce with “Take Your Vodka Beyond Soda & Lime.” (Plus, who doesn’t dig his specs and beanie style!)
No matter what you do next with your night, be sure to end it at Rickhouse Social where Aspen Djs are spinning all weekend for Après after Dark.
Sunday: We got two words for you – Pub Crawl. For a cool $50, this is the best Apres deal in town. Look for Messenger on the stool next to you. We’re not missing this one for anything, even powder, and that’s saying a lot.
Monday: Call in sick. It’ll be legit.