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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Walking the Dog

I ski only occasionally, but a recent visit to Taos Ski Valley brought me face to face with St. Bernard (the hotel not the dog). Located 20 minutes outside of the town of Taos in New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is one of the top skiing destinations in the U.S., and the St. Bernard Hotel has a very cool (no pun intended) outside deck where skiers hang out and get a drink while pondering their next move. Beer? Sure they have that. Mixed drinks? Oh yeah, but the St. Bernard Special caught my eye, so, still nearly immobilized in my bulky ski boots I ordered it. Hot cocoa is mixed with Meyer’s Rum, Kaluha, topped with whipped cream and then a floater of Wild Turkey. Damn! It’s potent, but perfectly created to warm you up after a chilly run down a mogul. The cocoa is the dominate flavor here, though the floater of Wild Turkey makes the first impression and the rum and Kaluha seamlessly fill out the background. They’ve been making this for 30 years and it’s an excellent happy, warm beverage. I wanted a second one, but thought it best to walk this dog just once. You can always come back for seconds. So when in Taos Ski Valley, stop by the St. Bernard outside deck and yes, get the Special.
$9/cup, Alc. ?% (who knows, who cares)

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