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During the chilly and dark months of winter, Alaskans like to get a little creative with their drinks. Here are some of our favorite seasonal drinks, each with a special twist from the Last Frontier.

  1. Westmark feature: Hot Peppermint Patty – A favorite at Westmark hotels, this sweet, seasonal beverage is the perfect nightcap on a chilly Alaska night.


12 ounces hot chocolate

2 ounces peppermint schnapps

Whipped cream and sprinkles, for garnish


Alaska twist: Use locally made artisanal chocolate from a chocolatier such as Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge. At Westmark hotels, the artisanal chocolate is not only made locally, but in-house!


  1. Gin and Tonic – A fresh gin and tonic is a perfect post-work pick-me-up before heading out to enjoy a night on the town.


4 ounces of tonic water

2 ounces of gin

Lime, to taste and for garnish


Alaska twist: Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines has a delectable 50 Fathoms Gin that took home a double gold at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition


  1. Irish coffee – Hand down, Irish coffee is one of Alaskans’ favorite ways to warm up after a day on the slopes.


1 cup of brewed coffee

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 ounce of whiskey

A dash of heavy cream


Alaska twist: In addition to locally made Alaska Outlaw whiskey, try using coffee from a local roaster such as Kaladi Brothers or SteamDot.


  1. Mulled wine –A warm cup of mulled wine is always a crowd-pleaser at winter dinner parties and gatherings.


1 bottle of red wine

¼ cup of honey

1 orange



Star anise


Alaska twist: Try using a wine from Bear Creek Winery, such as its black currant wine, and throw in some mulling spices from Summit Spice & Tea Co. in Anchorage.


  1. Beermosa – With a multitude of local breweries in the state, Alaskans love starting the weekend off right with a Saturday morning beermosa.


12 ounces of beer

4 ounces of orange juice


Alaska twist: Use a bright and hoppy beer like Midnight Sun Brewing Co.’s Pleasure Town IPA.