Whiskey warms the soul whether your day is spent outside in the cold or sheltered inside

After a long day spent outside in cold weather or even inside sheltering in place, whiskey provides a warming sense of comfort and delight as the spirit travels from your taste buds to your stomach. While the South is known for its roots in the spirits’ heritage (think powerhouse Jack Daniels), the Southwest offers a unique take on the grain-fermented, barrel-aged alcohol.

Here are our top picks for your next winter adventure, wherever that may be.

High West Whiskey – Park City, Utah
High West Distillery
High West DistilleryHigh West Distillery

Have you heard of High West Whiskey? The distillery hails from Park City, sells whiskey across the U.S. and internationally, and offers a multitude of whiskeys and bourbons based on your preferences.

High West Campfire Whiskey
High West Campfire WhiskeyHigh West Whiskey

However, our winter favorite is the Campfire Whiskey, primarily because of its ability to warm and spark a sense of comfort while sipping this slightly smoked and highly spiced spirit — no campfire needed (although we will gladly enjoy this around a toasty fire too).

This whiskey is best served in a flask and, when it is again safe to do so, shared with friends after a powder day.

Wood’s High Mountain Distillery – Salida, Colorado

Located in a small adventure town with big mountain views, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Salida is the perfect place to stop after a day out in the backcountry; or you can also grab a bottle to go for your next multiday trip.

Named for the distinct Sawatch mountain range to the west, the small-batch Sawatch American Malt Whiskey is what we recommend for those cold, blizzarding nights among the 14,000-foot peaks. At 101-proof, you don’t need much of this strong spirit to thaw out.

Wood's High Mountain Distillery Sawatch Whiskey
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery Sawatch WhiskeyWood’s High Mountain Distillery

Only 200 bottles of this limited edition were released in late November. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle, don’t fear. Their signature Tenderfoot Malt Whiskey is a great go-to drink as well.

Peach Street Distillers – Palisade, Colorado
Peach Street Distillery
Peach Street DistilleryPeach Street Distillery

The Western Slope is known for two things: peaches and sweet corn. So it’s no wonder that this Palisade-based distillery would include peaches in their name and local sweet corn in their bourbon. 

For those that prefer bourbon (we had to include one on this list), Peach Street Distillers’ Colorado Straight Bourbon is sweet and spicy with prominent notes of vanilla. Subtle hints of chocolate accompany the citrus and cinnamon notes for a smooth and flavorful sipper that pairs well with a cozy blanket on a snowy day.

Peach Street Distillery Colorado Straight Bourbon
Peach Street Distillery Colorado Straight BourbonPeach Street Distillery

Peach Street Distillers also has two other whiskeys coming out soon: an American Peated Single Malt Whiskey and a Smoked Rye Whiskey.

Santa Fe Spirits – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe Spirits
Santa Fe SpiritsSanta Fe Spirits

Have you ever had a white whiskey?

That’s exactly what Santa Fe Spirits’ Silver Coyote Pure Malt Whiskey is. This whiskey is similar to the “white dog” style, except for the fact that no corn is used in the process. Instead, this unique liquor is a pure malt, un-aged spirit that provides subtle fruit aromas and malty notes balanced by a dry finish.

Santa Fe Spirits Silver Coyote Whiskey
Santa Fe Spirits Silver Coyote WhiskeySanta Fe Spirits

Silver Coyote works well with a variety of mixers to create some unique cocktails. Try substituting Silver Coyote in your favorite margarita recipe for a refreshing post-hike or snowshoe beverage, also known as the whiskeyrita.

Sidebar:  Hot Toddy Ingredients

The quintessential Hot Toddy recipe calls for whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey. But this season is for getting out and trying new things. Mix in one of these ingredients for a fresh take on a classic cocktail.

  • Black tea or green tea
  • Spices such as cinnamon, clove and anise
  • Apple cider
  • Ginger
  • Agave nectar