Rocky Mountain Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Rocky Mountain shot is a delightful concoction that's been warming the hearts of those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour. Its name suggests a rugged, adventurous spirit, much like the explorers of the American Rockies.

  • Popularity: This shot has gained popularity in bars across North America, particularly in regions that resonate with the mountainous theme.
  • Preferred Crowd: It's a hit among those who appreciate a nuanced shot that isn't overwhelmingly strong.
  • Occasions: Perfect for toasting on cold nights or as a bold kickoff to a night out.

How Rocky Mountain Tastes?

The Rocky Mountain shot offers a smooth, sweet flavor with a zesty citrus kick from the lime juice. The Southern Comfort provides a whiskey-like warmth, while the amaretto adds a hint of almond and richness.

Interesting facts about Rocky Mountain

  • The Southern Comfort in the shot was originally created in New Orleans and is known for its fruity and spicy profile.
  • Amaretto, an Italian liqueur, derives its name from the Italian word 'amaro', meaning 'bitter', despite its sweet taste.
  • Lime juice not only adds a tangy flavor but also helps balance the sweetness of the other ingredients.


Southern Comfort

  • Why: It's the Southern hug in the heart of this Rocky Mountain shot, giving it a baseline sweetness and a whisper of peachy spice.
  • What If: Without it, you're basically on a sleigh without snow—it just ain't right. It's the soul here.
  • Alternatives: If you fancy a walk on the wilder side, swap it out for some bourbon. You'll get a bolder kick that'll make you want to howl at the moon.

Mary Mitkina


  • Why: This Italian sweetie is the nutty best friend to Southern Comfort, bringing its almond-love to the mix. It complements the sweetness while adding depth.
  • What If: Leave this out, and it's like Rocky without Bullwinkle. Still good, but incomplete, you know?
  • Alternatives: Consider Frangelico if you're nutty for a hazelnut twist. It's like swapping your almonds for hazelnuts at a sophisticated snack table.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

  • Why: A zesty splash of lime to cut through the sweetness—like a tart verse in a syrupy love song.
  • What If: No lime, no zing. It's like Simon without Garfunkel: missing that harmonious contrast.
  • Alternatives: Fresh lemon juice could step in, but it sings a slightly different tune—a bit more of a citrus spotlight than a lime's supportive backing vocals.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Rocky Mountain Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1 oz of Southern Comfort, 1 oz of Amaretto, and 0.5 oz of lime juice into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the contents into a shot glass.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the shot glass before serving to keep the shot cool and refreshing.
  • A vigorous shake ensures all the flavors are well combined and the shot is perfectly chilled.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • BBQ Ribs: The sweet and smoky flavors of the ribs complement the nutty sweetness of the Southern Comfort and Amaretto in the Rocky Mountain shot.
  • Salted Nuts: Salted nuts like almonds or cashews can enhance the nutty flavors of the Amaretto and provide a nice texture contrast.
  • Chocolate Desserts: A rich chocolate brownie or chocolate mousse pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the shot, contrasting with the tang of the lime juice.

Drink Pairings

  • Craft Beer: A nice pale ale or a craft lager can offer a refreshing follow-up to the sweet and tangy shot.
  • Cold Brew Coffee: The nutty and sweet flavor notes in the shot may pair pleasantly with the deep, rich flavors of a cold brew coffee.

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What you could change in Rocky Mountain

  • Southern Comfort: You can substitute with another peach-flavored whiskey liqueur if Southern Comfort isn't available.
  • Amaretto: If you're out of amaretto, try a nut-flavored liqueur or even a hazelnut syrup for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Lime Juice: Fresh is best, but bottled lime juice can work in a pinch.

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The Mountain Climber

  • Ingredients: Add a dash of cinnamon schnapps to the original recipe.
  • Why: It's like a sherpa guiding your taste buds to the peak of flavor—spicy altitude we're aiming for!
  • Taste: The cinnamon schnapps adds a warm spicy note to the sweetness, like sipping on a campfire story.
  • Description: Just when you thought the Rocky Mountain shot couldn't get any cozier, a dash of cinnamon schnapps wraps you in a spicy blanket.

Alpine Sunset

  • Ingredients: Substitute the Amaretto with Chambord (black raspberry liqueur).
  • Why: Turn that Rocky Mountain into a fruity peak with a magical berry view.
  • Taste: The Chambord adds a berry burst that seems to set the sky on fire—a sunset in your shot glass.
  • Description: Like the last rays of sun kissing the mountain tops, this twist adds a touch of berry romance to the classic shot.

The Citrus Peak

  • Ingredients: Use equal parts lemon and lime juice with a splash of orange liqueur.
  • Why: It's like hiking the Rockies during the citrus harvest—the zestful path less traveled.
  • Taste: The mix of citrus with a whisper of orange from the liqueur is refreshing and bright, with a zesty horizon.
  • Description: This twist takes you on a citrus adventure, elevating the tangy profile while still honoring the original shot's spirit.

In case you forgot basics how to make Rocky Mountain

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Rocky Mountain

What glassware is typically used for serving the Rocky Mountain shot?

The Rocky Mountain shot is typically served in a standard shot glass, which holds about 1 to 1.5 ounces of liquid.

Is the Rocky Mountain shot a good choice for someone new to drinking shots?

Yes, with its balance of sweet and citrus flavors, it's approachable for newcomers, but always consume responsibly.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Rocky Mountain?

Certainly! Replace the Southern Comfort and Amaretto with non-alcoholic peach and almond syrups, respectively.

How can I garnish the Rocky Mountain shot?

A slice of lime or a maraschino cherry can add a decorative touch and complement the flavors of the shot.

Is the Rocky Mountain shot gluten-free?

Most liqueurs like Southern Comfort and Amaretto are considered gluten-free, but please check the specific brands used to ensure that they meet gluten-free standards.

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