Everyone loves some procession with their party, and the St. Regis Aspen isn’t afraid of putting some fanfare in their refreshments.
When the luxury hotel was founded by John Jacob Astor in New York in 1904, he started the tradition of Champagne sabering, a ceremonial slicing of the bottle to usher day into night. Though it’s a nod to Napoleon’s army and the French Revolution, today the topping is just for show. In the Shadow Mountain Lounge, it’s done every day at 5:15 p.m. to the delight–and awe–of guests.
Folklore says that the Bloody Mary was created at the King Cole Bar inside the St. Regis in 1934. Originally called the Bloody Mary, the name was quickly changed to Red Snapper to appeal to elegant guests. The combination of vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cayenne is still served in St. Regis’ around the world, and each gives it their own signature twist. In Aspen, expect fresh basil and sill garnished with two olives and a pickle.