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

Mid-week Cocktail Fix

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 felt like something… Read more

Mid-Week Cocktail Fix: Smokey Monk

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’s pick features a bit more… Read more

International Beer Day

We talk a lot about wine here at The Little Nell (when you have a 20,000 bottle cellar and a fabulous wine staff, it’s understandable), but we also love a nice cold beer. So in honor of International Beer Day, we surveyed our staff to find out their favorite ales. What’s yours? John Speers, General Manager: I prefer Belgian… Read more

Mid-week Cocktail Fix: Last Mango in Paris

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.   Montagna Manager Joey Kern… Read more

Wine in Heels

On Friday night some of our female staff here at The Little Nell had the pleasure of experiencing Wine in Heels — Aspen’s first and only all-women wine club. Taught by advanced sommelier Vilma Mazaite (whose day job includes working as The Little Nell’s assistant food and beverage director), Wine in Heels is about fusing wine and food… Read more