Image courtesy of Blue River Bistro

I’ve had a lot of Aprés drinks in my day, from great local beers to hot buttered rum. A good whisky or scotch, or my friends love the key lime martinis at Cecilias (because what goes better with skiing than key lime?). But I think I’ve finally found the best drink in all of Colorado ski country. It’s the Saint Ginger at the Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge. They’ve got a pretty substantial cocktail menu, and their food is always fantastic, but my family (hey, a family that drinks together stays together) discovered this little gem over the holidays.

Basically it’s a variation on the Moscow Mule that you see popping up all over the place these days. But the Saint Ginger includes some St. Germain and muddled cucumber. Well, here’s the description right off the menu:

Image courtesy of Blue River Bistro

Saint Ginger: Skyy Vodka, St. Germain, muddled cucumber & lime, ginger beer; cucumber slice. (You’ve got to appreciate that the garnish is differentiated by a semi colon.)

So my dad orders this drink, freaks out at how good it is, and proceeds to pass it around the table for everyone to try. I’ve never seen a similar reaction. Everyone at the table was like, “damn, that’s a refreshing drink!” I know that sounds cheesy, but it happened. And then I ordered one for myself. Man, it’s good.

The Blue River Bistro isn’t the cheapest place in town, but you get what you pay for. A Saint Ginger will run you $11 and it’s worth every drop. College kids you may need to get your folks to foot the bill, but they’ll be glad they did.  As mentioned earlier, the food, and particularly brunch, is pretty amazing here. Definitely one of the best places in town. And arguably the best drink in all of ski country.