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High Plains Drifter Cocktail

This is absolutely the craziest election.  I can’t wait to see where America’s feet lands.



There is so much doom and gloom from both sides regarding the results. Of course, I have my side, but I’m not sharing which one it is. I refuse to fall into the the hashtag trap and I’m only here for the food and friends– so let’s agree to all get along!

With all that on the table, let’s talk about this cocktail. This cocktail is from Men’s Fitness magazine. Matt left it out with some dog-earred recipes. Naturally, I made this High Plains Drifter drink first—because it sounded amazing—Matt will tell you it’s because I hate to follow directions or suggestions.

High Plains Drifter Cocktail from Bakers Royale So what makes this drink so amazing? It’s basically a Sazerac, but what sets this one apart is the sarsaparilla. A dash is all that is needed to transform this drink from good to great. Cheers to everyone and to a new America when we wake up on 11/9.

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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.