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23 Jan, 2014

The Alps' best drinks

Busy bar - apres ski

Everyone knows that apres-ski is a big part of a ski weekend. After all, you're supposed to be on holiday, so after a hard day on the piste, it's only right that you should kick back and indulge in a bit of R&R.

Alcohol, of course, is a principal player on the apres ski scene at most resorts, but we're not talking about Carlsberg and WKDs. France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria have their own much more delectable selection of beverages just waiting to tantalise your taste buds - let's take a look at a few local favourites:

Bombardino

This popular Italian winter warmer has nothing to do with local hero Tomba la Bomba of slalom fame but instead derives its explosive moniker from its heat and high alcohol levels.

It's made by mixing hot brandy and Advocaat together and serving the resultant mixture in an Irish coffee mug topped with sweetened whipped cream. Ideal for getting warm after a chilly day on the mountain.

Jagerbombs

The drink of choice of Alpine revellers across the Alps, the Jagerbomb is a simple cocktail made by dropping a shot glass full of Jägermeister - a German digestif made with herbs and spices - into a glass of Red Bull or beer.

German speakers call this wicked mix a 'Turbojager', and there's no doubt that after a few of these your motor will be well and truly running. Let's dance!

Genepi

This cousin of absinthe is enjoyed by both the Italians and the French. A rather acquired taste, it is made using Alpine wormwood and has a pale gold appearance.

At around 40% abv, don't drink too many shots of these if you want to able to ski straight the next day.

Erdinger

It's not all about downing shots and dancing to club music, of course. If you prefer to drink as part of an evening of sociable chat and cards, there are plenty of tipples worth supping in the Alps, with Erdinger among the most drinkable of the many beers you will come across.

This German firm makes a delicious and very drinkable Weissbier, but be careful not to overindulge as it packs a punch at 5.3%.

Rhône-Alpes wine

Ideal for drinking with your evening meal, Rhône-Alpes wines include the well-known varieties Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône and Savoy. France, of course, is one of the world's leading producers of plonk, so if you're staying at a resort in the country you won't have any trouble ordering a glass or two of red at the end of the day to guzzle by the open fire.

With your introduction to Alpine apres ski complete, it goes without saying that you should drink responsibly while on a ski holiday. Skiing under the influence is an absolute no-no and will likely invalidate your travel insurance, not to mention that trying to get up the mountain with a hangover the next morning isn't any fun - go easy, and you'll enjoy your ski weekend much more.

If you're interested in finding out about resorts that are good for apres ski or booking a holidays, call one of our ski experts on 023 8020 6971 or email sales@skiweekends.com.