Iron Bartender Round One

The Little Nell is asking which local bartender has the skills to be named “Aspen’s Iron Bartender.” Every Sunday starting February 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Bar, two of the town’s leading bartenders will square off in a round robin competition to determine whose cocktail reigns supreme. The drink gurus will show their… Read more

Aperitifs at The Little Nell

Sabato Sagaria is the food and beverage director at The Little Nell in Aspen. During the past 15 or so years Sabato has worn several hats as cook, restaurant manager, consultant, professor, author, food and beverage director and sommelier. He’s currently fighting bad beverages and spreading the cocktail gospel to the masses… As our cocktail program has… Read more

Penguins Skiing

OK, Pastry Chef Danielle Riesz here at The Little Nell in Aspen REALLY outdid herself with these cupcakes. What’s cuter than skiing penguins? All the lucky children staying here at the hotel this holiday season will receive this sweet treat as an in-room surprise! We love this time of year!

Happy Halloween from The Little Nell!

  Just a few of our special Halloween treats from Little Nell Pastry Chef Danielle Riesz. Our queen of all things sweet, Little Nell Pastry Chef Danielle Riesz, LOVES Halloween. For Danielle, there’s nothing like bobbing for apples, eating caramel apples and enjoying all the fun that comes with a holiday focused around candy and treats. … Read more

The Absolut Best Bloody Mary

We are one of six finalists in Colorado for the Absolut Bloody Mary Competition! Our very own Mark Yeager and Carlton McCoy came up with a delicious concoction called “It’s All Greek to Me.”                     And if they win in Colorado… they get to go to The Iron… Read more

The Perfect Bloody Mary

As summer nears an end and tomatoes are in full bloom, what better way to enjoy them than making a deliciously fresh take on the Bloody Mary?  I created my take on a Bloody Mary for The Taste of Colorado event in Denver a few weeks ago, and it was a delicious success.  This version highlights the complexity of mezcal — tequila’s… Read more

Laid Back – Gin and Juice

In recognition of Snoop Dogg’s performance at The Belly Up here in Aspen last Saturday, we thought we would share our recipe for “Gin & Juice” in his honor. Snoop  has dined with us before at Montagna, and pretty much half our staff at Montagna attended the concert last week for a little late-night fun. Sippin’ on Gin &… Read more

Mid-week Cocktail Fix: Ruby Park

We’re wrapping up our summer cocktail series here at The Little Nell. Every Wednesday we’ve been posting one of our drinks from the Montagna Bar along with a recipe so you can re-create your favorites at home, wow your guests or simply enjoy knowing the mixology secrets of our talented bar staff. Here’s one of our last summer beverages before we switch… Read more

Mid-week Cocktail Fix – My Name is Earl

We’ve started a new tradition this summer at The Little Nell. Every Wednesday we’re posting one of our summer cocktails from the Montagna Bar along with a recipe so you can re-create your favorites at home, wow your guests or simply enjoy knowing the mixology secrets of our talented bar staff.   This week we’re feeling a little… Read more

Nutrition AND Taste

This weekend I’m participating in the first national Nutritarian Cook-Off here in Aspen.  The cook-off will be held at the Aspen Club from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, and dishes will be judged for flavor by the general public and for nutritional value by a panel of local nutritionists, Dr. Joel Fuhrman (best-selling author of Eat to… Read more