Aspen Times Weekly Libation: St. Regis Smash
2 ounce Breckenridge Bourbon
½ ounce Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur
2 dashes Peach bitters
7 mint leaves
Fresh sour mix/1:1 ratio sugar to lemon and lime
Garnish/Peach with maple sugar pinch, strawberry, sprig of mint
In an old-fashioned glass, muddle mint leaves and Amaretto Liqueur. Fill the same glass with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, add bourbon, peach bitters and homemade sour; shake with ice. Strain into the old-fashioned glass, then stir. Garnish with peach slices and strawberry with mint sprig. Add maple sugar on top of the peach slices for extra flavor.
I don’t generally drink brown liquor, but the mixologists at the St. Regis just might make a whiskey lover out of me with cocktails such as The St. Regis Smash. Crafted with bourbon and enough other flavors — amaretto, peach bitters, mint, sour mix, fruit and more — it tastes more like a froufrou summer drink than a traditional bourbon beverage. I’d say it’s the perfect poolside drink — which is actually dead-on, as the St. Regis is hosting a Poolside Classic Cocktails event with Breckenridge Distillery on Saturday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public, which means it’s the perfect party for whiskey lovers and those trying to learn to love a new libation.
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