High Plains Drifter Cocktail

Let’s take a brief aside from my usual fruity cocktails for one way-more nuanced than I could actually put together on my own. I came across this drink in the latest issue of Men’s Fitness—and no, I’m not a regular reader, Matt is.

High Plains Drifter Cocktail via Bakers Royale

He left the magazine out with some he dog-earred recipes. Of course what did I make first? This High Plains Drifter drink—something that was not dog earred.

High Plains Drifter Cocktail from Bakers Royale It was worth it. The drink is basically a Sazerac, but what sets this one apart is the sarsaparilla. Yes, a dash is all that is needed to transform this drink from good to great.

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this recipe

High Plains Drifter

adapted from Men's Fitness, Issue: September 2013

Yield: Makes 1 drink


  • 3 oz. rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 1 dash of agave
  • 1/3 cup of ice
  • Absinthe
  • 1 dash of sarsaparilla


  1. Add whiskey, bitters, agave and ice to a mixing glass. Stir with a bar spoon.
  2. Rinse the glass with absinthe to coat. Dump out excess. Strain mixture into glass. *Optional: Garnish with an orange zest.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJessica L. says

    I love these photos and how different they are from the ones you posted yesterday. You’ve got great range lady, keep it up.

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I’m not sure what the teanslation is of sarsaparilla but think this cocktail will do my guy a favour too!
    I also really love your styling and setting in these pics. Really nice mood your creating with it.