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Bear Trail Lodge’s Featured Cocktails for Holiday Gatherings

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As an all-inclusive fishing lodge, we take excellent care of our guests whether they’re reeling ’em in out on the river, relaxing in the main lodge, or recharging in their cabins. One way we make the evenings special is our happy hour before dinner. Guests enjoy this time to sip on refreshments, snack on appetizers, and swap fishing stories.

We offer a selection of wine, rotating local beers on tap, and — everyone’s favorite — featured cocktails. The cocktail changes each night of the week, and you can often find Nanci behind the bar whipping them up for guests. If you’re missing the featured cocktails at Bear Trail Lodge, you’re in luck; we’ve compiled the weekly line-up! Serve your favorite Bear Trail Cocktail at your holiday or New Year’s party for a bit of nostalgia and to whet your appetite for the fishing season ahead.

Sunday: Salmon Slapper

For those who love savory drinks, you’ll want to try making your own Salmon Slapper! Using vodka, tomato juice, and a variety of flavorings, the Salmon Slapper is a tasty beverage. Perfect for brunch or an afternoon cocktail, these flavorful drinks are sure to be a hit. Top it off with a piece of celery for both aesthetics and a crunchy snack!


  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz Tomato Juice
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Monday: Moose Kicker

Moose Kickers are delicious and refreshing. Spicy ginger beer and sour lime juice make for the perfect flavor combination. A touch of vodka gives them a kick! This cool, tasty beverage is easy to make and absolutely delicious. Have it as a pre-dinner cocktail, or enjoy it with your meal!


  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/6 oz Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer

Tuesday: Fin Flipper

Start the fiesta with a Fin Flipper! For Bear Trail Lodge’s take on a margarita, use a splash of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Make a pitcher for a group, or whip up your own personal glass! This tasty drink is served over ice, so it’s cold and delicious. Be sure to line the rims of your cups with salt for some extra flavor.


  • 2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Syrup

Wednesday: Bear’s Breath

For those who like to keep it straight and simple, serve up one of our Bear’s Breath featured cocktails. Using two simple ingredients, scotch and Drambuie, these cocktails are easy to make and pack quite the punch. Warm up with this classic cocktail.


  • 1 1/2 oz Scotch Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Drambuie

Thursday: Death by No See Ups

If you’re missing warmer weather, make our signature drink, Death by No See Ups. Although it’s wintertime, this fruity drink will make you feel like you’re cooling down after a long trek across the Alaskan tundra in July. Combine rum with the flavors of strawberries, bananas, pineapple, and coconut cream for a fruity, dessert-like beverage. This frozen drink is perfect if you have a sweet tooth!


  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz Strawberries
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Friday: Fuzzy Fly

Enjoy a fresh beverage with the Fuzzy Fly. All you need are blueberries, white rum, sugar, mint, lime, and club soda to make this tasty cocktail. Muddle blueberries, mint, and sugar together and top it off with white rum and club soda. The blueberries put a twist on the classic mojito! Make a pitcher to share with friends or make one cocktail just for yourself.


  • 1 1/2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • Splash of Club Soda
  • Blueberries

Saturday: Squeeter Bite

Pretend you’re at the Bear Trail Lodge bar counter with a Squeeter Bite! This flavorful, sweet cocktail is a fan favorite. Mix up blue curacao, rum, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker. Pour it over ice and drop in a few drops of grenadine. The blue curacao and the grenadine give this drink a pretty pop of color — and a delicious flavor!


  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Spiced Rum
  • 3/4 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • Grenadine (as needed)
  • Ice

This holiday season, bring a little piece of Bear Trail Lodge to your gatherings with these featured cocktail recipes. We look forward to seeing you at the lodge in a few short months, but until then, you can enjoy your own Bear Trail Lodge-inspired happy hour at home. Hungry for more recipes? Check out our blog, Tasty Salmon Appetizers to Try.

Bear Trail Lodge is a world-class fishing lodge in King Salmon, Alaska. Our all-inclusive packages range from 2-day to 7-day adventures. Depending on the type of fish you want to catch, we can recommend the perfect time of year for your visit. Schedule your Alaskan fly fishing trip at Bear Trail Lodge today!