Welcome to a new travel series, where we focus on a hotel’s signature dish and/or cocktail. In the same way that cities and towns have local specialties to try, hotels develop signature items that guests shouldn’t miss — whether it’s a popular room-service dish they’ve perfected, a cocktail named after the hotel’s longtime bartender, or a seasonal specialty that repeat guests always look forward to. These are the things that they love to serve, and that you’ll really consider going back for.
This week, we are lusting after the hot chocolate menu at Jackson Hole’s Hotel Terra — yes, we said menu. At any given time, the menu offers up to 14 variations on the classic.
They all start the same way, with Equal Exchange organic cocoa, organic milk, and freshly whipped cream. From there they break off into six variations — peppermint, raspberry, amaretto, a white chocolate version with Ghirardelli's white chocolate syrup, and a "Wild West" hot chocolate that comes piping hot and mixed with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cinnamon. But our clear favorite is the adult version mixed with Baileys, Frangelico, or Kahlua.
The variations alone are mouthwatering enough to entice travelers, but Condé Nast Traveler also recently named the hotel one of the 10 places to sit and sip "decadent hot chocolates" around the world.