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Tahoe tipples

Claire Cudahy

Picture this: You just spent the day bombing down the mountain on some of the best snow you've seen all year. You're tired and happy — but awfully thirsty. It's time for a warm cocktail and a soak in the hot tub.

Lucky for you, Rocket Vodka and Tahoe Blue Vodka — a pair of Tahoe-based distilleries — are whipping up some of the smoothest vodka on the West Coast, perfect for pairing with everything from fruit juice to coffee. Bottoms up!

The Après by Rocket Vodka

1.5 oz. Rocket Vodka

2 oz. unfiltered apple juice

1 oz. pear juice

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Pinch of nutmeg

Star anise

Thin apple slice

Directions: Combine apple juice and pear juice in a microwave-safe cup and zap until warm. Next, add in Rocket Vodka and stir. Top with a whole star anise, a thin slice of apple and a pinch of nutmeg.

Tahoe Handwarmer by Tahoe Blue Vodka

1.25 oz. cinnamon-infused Tahoe Blue Vodka

6-8 oz. coffee or cocoa

Whipped cream, if desired

Directions: To infuse vodka, add one to two cinnamon sticks to a bottle of Tahoe Blue Vodka and allow to sit at room temperature for 48 hours. Remove sticks. Add vodka to prepared hot beverage and stir. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!