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Steamboat Sips: The Paramount

The Paramount barista and bartender Devin Doughty makes the Cherry Lemonade.

STEAMBOAT TODAY — It's an après spot locals know well.

But there's a side to The Paramount, located in Torian Plum Plaza in Ski Time Square, avid epicureans might overlook — the cocktail menu.

The Paramount has a variety of food and drinks for all palettes. Owners Lee and Suzy Giovanni created the mountain hot spot in 2010 based on their vision of equal parts simplicity and freshness in all ingredients.

Everything from their jams, jelly, flavored liquors, juices and sauces are all made in house.

"We spent a good amount of time in Italy, Mexico, France, etc. and anywhere we go we try to incorporate something to the menu by observing and learning what we can of great food and drink from around the world, " said Lee Giovanni.

Their drinks include a custom touch like the margarita, with their homemade recipe or the bloody mary, which includes fresh spices, herbs and homemade habanero vodka.

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Others include on of the more popular cocktails, the Bellini, made with Blanc de Blanc and white peach puree or the Greyhound Punch made with grapefruit juice, soda and Amarena cherries.

Friday afternoon's sunshine called for the Cherry Lemonade.

"When we were in Italy, my wife tried this and instantly said we have to have a drink on the list featuring those Amarena cherries," Lee Giovanni said about the Italian-inspired drink.

This simple, fresh and deliciously refreshing drink is perfect for relaxing in the sun after a few runs on the mountain.

The recipe calls for their freshly squeezed lemonade, vodka of the patron's choice (they used Grey Goose for this recipe) and the star of the show, the Amarena cherries, creating the perfect combo of tart and sweet.

"It has a sophisticated taste yet there's a lightness to it," he said. "It's fresh and it's a great spring or summer drink, perfect for a sunny afternoon après."