Signature Cocktails

Sponsored by Skytop/Peter's

Peter’s Skytop Liquors is a legacy to a family and to the City of Syracuse. Today, the 35-year-old business is giving back to the community again in its sponsorship to the Onondaga Cup & LakeFest.

Joseph “Joey” Peter purchased Skytop Liquors in 1982 and ran it with his wife, Janice. They named the store Peter’s Skytop Liquors in honor of the surrounding neighborhood and Syracuse University’s South Campus. Sadly, Joseph Peter passed away in November 2016. The store is still owned and operated by his wife Janice.

A second store, Peter’s Discount Liquors, is located in North Syracuse is owned and operated by the Peters’ son, John Peter, Jr..

Joseph Peter was passionate about the sport of rowing.  He was an SU alumni and a varsity rower. He earned an impressive number of rowing accolades and created a legacy that continues to be recognized. Joseph won more medals than any coxswain at SU and went on to create and endow the first Syracuse rowing scholarship. He earned the Winner of Distinction Award and was inducted into the Syracuse University Rowing Hall of Fame. His greatest joy was being involved and supporting the community and its rowing program anyway he could; as his family continues to do so in his memory.

Peter’s Liquors is showing their support for the community and the sport of rowing once again by becoming a sponsor to the Onondaga Cup & LakeFest.  Like the mint julip of the Kentucky Derby, Peter’s Liquors will name the signature cocktails of the Onondaga Cup & LakeFest.  The Onondaga Cup has goals of creating a tradition of competition and community and Peter’s liquors will be branded with the iconic beverages of this regal event.

Anyone purchasing tickets to the Honeywell Enclosure at the Onondaga Cup & LakeFest will receive complementary signature cocktails. Attendees will enjoy “Peters Liquors Rowing Rose” and the “Skytop Liquor Orange Kicker.”

These are fantastic cocktails to enjoy anytime throughout the summer and you can find these ingredients at Peter’s Skytop Liquors on the SU hill or Peter’s Discount Liquors in North Syracuse.  The family at Peter’s Liquors is excited continue a legacy and affiliation with the sport of rowing and is happy to support this exciting community event.


Try our signature cocktails

Peters liquors Rowing Rose


  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 ounces rose
  • Rose Drink1 ounce strawberry vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • Simple syrup, as needed
  • Ice


  1. Place strawberries in a glass and muddle well.
  2. Fill glass with ice, then add rose, strawberry vodka and grapefruit juice. Stir.
  3. Add simple syrup, if desired.

Skytop Liquor Orange Kicker

  • 3/4 parts absolute mandarinYellow Cocktail
  • 2 1/2 parts OJ
  • 3/4 part triple sec
  • 1 slice orange for garnish.

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