Rocky Mountain Winter Cocktail

When we moved to Colorado, I was definitely more interested in the winter aspect than Ruckus was, but he’s been a good sport about it. I was born and raised mostly on the west coast, whereas he grew up in south Florida. I guess you can say he thinks it’s a bit chilly here. I love the winters here though. It seems like the snow is prettier here than anywhere else, but maybe I’m biased. It certainly doesn’t stay quite so pristine in the city as it does out here.

Shortly after moving here, I decided to try my hand at inventing my first cocktail. It all started with a vision of a perfect winter moment in Colorado: the smell of the crisp mountain air tinged with fir trees, the warmth of a wood burning fire, and the coziness of a big stack of pancakes topped off with hot chocolate. I dream big!

It took a few tries to get to the end result, but I think Ruckus and I can agree that this drink truly embodies a Rocky Mountain winter day.

Rocky Mountain Winter Cocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Drink


  • 2 Ounce Bourbon
  • 1/2 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Ounce Alpine Liqueur
  • 1/4 Ounce Peaty Scotch
  • 4 Dashes Chocolate Bitters
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary


  • Mix first 5 ingredients in a cocktail beaker with ice.
  • Stir until cold.
  • Serve in a highball over a large ice cube.
  • Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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