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Day 122, Cocktail 117

Back in the saddle, finally!  The vacation was great with plenty of inspiring scenery, a few hikes and lots of family time.  The only thing the Black Hills weren’t terribly good at was providing cocktail opportunities. 

While driving back across South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin I had plenty of time to think about what would make a good Black Hills inspired cocktail.  I’ve got several ideas, and this is the first one.  If I say so myself, I think it’s a pretty good and is emblamatic of the Badlands – dry, smokey and featuring  bourbon.

  Badlands Cocktail

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 drop liquid smoke

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 5-6 ice cubes.  Shake, shake, shake to chill.  Strain into a chilled coupe.  No garnish required, just like the Badlands.

Be very careful with the liquid smoke – any more than a single drop will overwhelm the drink!  The smoke flavor evokes bison being grilled over a live flame while the bourbon represents the hard backbone that the Badlands provides.  The maraschino helps keep this drink dry while adding a bit of flavor that represents the bounty that this land once provided.  Take a trip to the Badlands and mix one up!


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