The Basement Milk Cocktail

The Basement Milk Cocktail.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy The Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland.

For fans of classic Alpine mountain backdrops, look to the resort towns of St. Moritz and Arosa, where the Tschuggen Grand Hotel is located.

In Tschuggen’s rec room-like basement lounge (hence the drink name), this fortifying nightcap evokes the feeling of a sweetened glass of milk with an adult twist. It’s even served in a small glass-milk bottle, enlivened by a red-and-white striped straw.

Après-Ski Cocktails to Channel Winter Delight
  • 1½ ounces aged rum
  • 1½ ounces Frangelico liqueur
  • ¾ ounce Calvados (apple brandy)
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce vanilla extract
  • 1½ ounces cream
  • 3 ounces apple juice

In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake well, then strain into glass milk bottle or Collins glass. Serve with colorful straw.

Published on November 24, 2017
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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