Shaken, stirred, with sake or spiked by caffeine, Aspen knows many different ways to serve a martini and they’re all scrumptious.
1 Campo de Fiori
The ultimate pick-me-up in Aspen is non-equal parts espresso, Stoli vanil, Bailey's, Kahlua and Godiva liqueur in the form of a martini. Local and visitors alike flock to the Italian restaurant for this drink which is served shaken, not stirred. Drinkers be warned: After a few of these, the underground spot is sometimes called "Club Campo," which is a little more rocking than its dinnertime counterpart.
205 S Mill St Aspen, CO 81611
2 Justice Snow's
Hand-crafted cocktails are made from the purest ingredients at Justice Snow's. Simple syrup is homemade and herbs are homegrown. So, when it comes to the vodka martini, expect only the essentials: Beluga Noble Russian Vodka, one ounce of Vya Dry Verrmouth, stirred, not shaken, with lemon twist or olives.
328 E. Hyman Ave Aspen, CO 81611
For a fresh taste you can drink, try the lemon-basil martini at Ellina. By combining Ketel One citroen vodka, Solerno blood orange, muddled basil and fresh lemon, this cocktail makes a trip to the bar feel like a visit to the spa.
430 E Hyman Ave Aspen, CO 81611
4 Matsuhisa Aspen
When a standard martini just won't do, put a Japanese twist on it. At Matsuhisa Aspen, the saketini includes Nobu Rice Soju, Hokusetsu Sake and Domaine De Canton served up with ginger. Sa-ke to me!
303 E Main St Aspen, CO 81611
5 39 Degrees
For all business without the fluff, 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel serves up a two-ingredient cocktail: the classic gin martini. Beefeater 24 and Noilly Prat dry vermouth combine for a traditional taste that's best consumed before or after a meal, but drinking it for apres-ski, apres-hike and sitting by the pool works too.
709 E. Durant Ave. Aspen, Colorado 81611