Skiwasser, the skiers’ drink

January is the time of family ski vacations.

Snow envelopes and softens the landscape of mountain destinations from Limone Piemonte to the Dolomites. Landscapes cloaked by white snow that shimmers in the sun, wonderlands for those looking to spend an entire week skiing or snowboarding.

How can you face even the most challenging slopes with unfailing determination?

With the skiers’ drink!

At the end of the 70’s Swiss skiers started the fad – which, needless to say, quickly crossed over the Alps – of drinking an energy-boosting, highly fragrant beverage: the skiwasser.

There are several versions of the skiwasser, made with hot or cold water, and with or without alcohol.

The classic version calls for mixing in a tumbler:

  • 4 cl of LIMMI lemon juice
  • 4 cl raspberry syrup
  • 1 splash of acquavite
  • 1 splash of Kirsch (cherry cider)
  • Hot water to top


Omitting the acquavite turns the skiwasser into a truly delicious concoction that is also suitable for young children. Replacing the hot water with 12 cl of soda and a bit of ice will make it ideal for relaxing in front of the fireplace after a long day on the slopes.