Cocktails at Justice Snows in Aspen, Colorado

Joshua Peter-Smith, lead bartender at Justice Snows in Aspen, CO knows how to mix a cocktail. With flavors that are oft-inspired by local ingredients in their simplest form, to culinary creations designed specifically for the creative cocktails that grace the lengthy menu, they serve to invite not intimidate new and seasoned drinkers alike. Check out the recipes below for a sampling of the his latest works and classic cocktail favorites.

The Scottish Traveler Cocktail

The Scottish Traveler

1.5 oz Caorunn Scottish Gin

.5 oz Meletti Anisette

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz Juniper Simple Syrup

2 inches of Muddled Celery

1/8th of muddle Apple

Shake with vigor, double fine strain over rocks in a single old fashion glass, with a fennel salt rim.  Garnish with apple slices, and celery tops. 

Clover Club Cocktail

 Clover Club

2 oz of No.3 Dry Gin

1 oz Lemon Juice

6 muddled Raspberries

.75oz Simple Syrup

1oz Egg White

Shake with vigor, double fine strain into coupe glass.  Garnish and zest with lemon peel.  

By Any Other Name Cocktail

By Any Other Name

1.25 oz Junipero Gin

.75 oz G.E. Massenez Poire Williams Brandy

.75 oz Rose Petal Infused Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur

.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

.75 oz Egg white

Shake with vigor, double fine strain into cocktail glass, garnish with a rose petal.  

Bijou Cocktail


1.5 oz Tanquerey Ten Gin

.75 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth

.75 oz Green Chartreuse

2 dashes of Bitter Truth Orange Bitter

Combine all in mixing glass, stir gently with ice 40 times. Strain into small coupe, garnish with cherry.

Sunset Recession


Rosemary is a great match for the botanicals of No. 3 London Dry Gin and the Peychaud's helps to ramp up the anise flavors brightened with a bit of lemon juice. Simple, herbaceous and refreshing. 

Sunset Recession:

1.5 oz No. 3 London Dry Gin

.5 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup (1:1)

.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 dashes Peychaud's Bitter

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with rosemary and lemon zest.

Back at AM Northwest for Valentine's Day Cocktails

KATU AM Northwest had me back on the show again to mix up some 'love potions". You can watch the full video here. We made a cocktail from Sam Ross of Little Branch in New York, a refreshing sparkling grapefruit-ginger cocktail and a timeless classic cocktail, the Sazerac. What are you drinking this Valentine's Day?

Paper Planes Cocktail Recipe

Paper Planes

3/4 oz. Eagle Rare Bourbon

3/4 oz. Aperol

3/4 oz. Amaro Nonino

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Share for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Mi Amor Cocktail Recipe

Mi Amor

1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Top with Prosecco or Sparkling Wine

Add all ingredients to champagne flute. Garnish with grapefruit zest.

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe


1.5 oz. Koval Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey

2 dashes Amargo Chuncho Bitters (or substitute Angostura Bitters)

2 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters

St. George Absinthe Verte

Lemon Zest

Add ice to old fashioned glass to chill glass while building cocktail. In a cocktail mixing glass, add whiskey and bitters and stir with ice for 30-45 seconds. Discard ice from first glass, and pour a small dash of absinthe into the glass. Tilt the glass and slowly swirl to coat the inside of the glass with absinthe. Add sugar cube and a few drops of water to dampen the cube. Crush the sugar cube. Strain and add whiskey and bitters from the second glass into the absinthe rinsed glass. 

Sullivan's Special

Sullivan's Special:

2 oz. Irish Whiskey (John L. Sullivan) 
2 dashes gum syrup 
3 dashes Blackstrap bitters (Bittercube) 
Lemon twist

Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This cocktail features one of our favorite Irish whiskeys, John L. Sullivan, which gets its name from the last bare-knuckle boxing champion of the world, a man whose catch phrase was "I can beat any son-of-a-bitch in the house", and a man who often did. He was a true sporting man, a hero to those who frequented dusty saloons, who would admire his many portraits that were sure to grace the walls of such establishments while enjoying their choice spirits. It's quite the challenge to make a whiskey to honor a man with such a reputation, but Cooley Distillery is a choice distiller for such a task. John L. Sullivan whiskey is a blend of 4-10 year single grain and single malt whiskeys that have rested in single use American white oak bourbon barrels. The barrels imbue the whiskey with a rich oaked honey nose, a touch of citrus on the mid palate, and a spicy vanilla finish. We thought this would make a fine pairing with Bittercube's Blackstrap Bitters, which have a flavor profile of molasses, sarsaparilla, and ceylon cinnamon. At three dashes, the bitters really get a chance to shine here, and adds cinnamon to the nose and a general warm spice throughout the drink, in a cocktail sure to help us get us through the last days of winter. A touch of gum syrup from Small Hand Foods balances out the cocktail, and the citrus zest helps to pull out some of the citrus hints in the whiskey, as well as adding a bit of brightness. On a related note, Small Hand Foods Jennifer Colliau will host a DIY Sodas, Syrups, and Bitters course here in Portland as part of Cocktail Camp PDX on Sunday April 10th. If you have not yet purchased tickets you can here. Hope to see you there!