Spring skiing means
sunscreen, softening snow and salt on your rim, right? Time to break
out the tequila along with those sunglasses to celebrate March
madness on the slopes.
I can’t think of a better après ski drink than a salty yet sweet margarita, in a miniature hot tub-shaped glass. Whether you like your ‘rita frozen, fruity, strong and straight, or coated with enough salt to de-ice your windshield, here are some Mexican joints in the mountains serving up this specialty cocktail.
In Vermont, The Cactus Café is located on The Mountain Road in Stowe. The Cactus Café mantra, “Life’s too short to drink cheap tequila!” is your first indication that this place takes its below the border beverages very seriously. With the self-proclaimed largest selection of Tequila in Vermont, the Cactus Café is worth its weight in Cuervo Gold. The après ski atmosphere inside the brick farmhouse is southwest adobe complete with spicy aromas wafting through the air.
Their trademark drink is the “Mansfield Margarita,” but all their margaritas are handmade and generous at 16 ounces. If you’re a purist, the list of tequila shots served will make you studder, or stagger in your ski boots.
To accompany your cocktails, you’ll find classic fajitas, chimichangas, along with unique Cactus kabobs. I have been conducting my own global salad tasting tour, and the Cactus Café’s Chicken Chalupa salad remains on my top ten list.
Okemo serves mountainside Mexican fare in the base lodge’s Sitting Bull. Okemo is known for its focus on culinary (not to be confused with “ski area food”), and their handmade, hand shaken margaritas are exceptional. For après ski, enjoy staples like macho nachos and chili to compliment your salty drink. And there are often live bands playing in The Bull. In Ludlow, Tacos Tacos and Mojos are legendary for their Mexican drinks and Diego food.
At Sugarloaf, The Racks serves Mexican and makes a pretty mean margarita. The BBQ at the Rack is supreme as well, this is snowboarder Seth Wescott's place - so its pretty casual and cool as you would expect.
In Conway, New Hampshire, Café Noche on Main Street is the best little Mexican watering hole in the Mount Washington Valley. After skiing at Cranmore, Attitash, Wildcat, or Black, slide up to the bar for a “Horny Margarita”. Owner Tom Kugel says the key to a good marg is good tequila, so he recommends Hornitos 100% Agave tequila for those who don’t have a special tequila preference. The Café has over 25 varieties of margaritas on the menu to peruse.
Between Wildcat and Attitash in Glen is Margarita Grill for delicious Mexican fare and margaritas in a casual but warm environment.
Skiers are relaxed but adventurous, so they like to try special drinks, and spicy food. Skiers tend to be fun, happy people, and after a day on the slopes - warmspicy relaxed south west fare is perfect- with a margarita and shaker of salt.