Smoky Elk Rider

by James Stevenson

I am back on the Whisk(e)y and bourbon now that I have properly recovered from my big weekend. In this recipe today I used the blended whiskey and the bourbon whiskey from Heritage Distilling to make this boozy treat. I used tarragon simple syrup but you could basically use any herbal simple syrup that you wanted if tarragon doesn’t agree with you. Also in this pretty cocktail is a soda syrup which blends very well with the spirits.

, Smoky Elk Rider

I was introduced to the team at Raft Syrup a while back and love their products. They produce several awesome sodas that you can use to make an awesome cocktail with little effort. I used the Smoked Tea Vanilla soda which amped up this drink with a smoky flavor as well as a sweet flavor from the vanilla. I cannot recommended these sodas enough especially for the home bartender. They add sophisticated flavors to cocktails that would be somewhat difficult to create at home. Instead of spending a ton of time replicating theses flavors it is already done for you! So, check out Heritage Distilling Company and Raft Syrup; you will not be disappointed! Cheers!

, Smoky Elk Rider


  • 1 ounce of Heritage Distilling Elk Rider Bourbon Whiskey
  • ¼ ounce of tarragon simple syrup (*recipe below)
  • 1 bar spoon of Grand Mariner
  • 1 dash of Smoked Tea Vanilla Raft Soda Syrup
  • 1/2 cup ice or big ice cube

Garnish: Tarragon leaves


  1. In a rocks glass place all ingredients
  2. Stir mixture until it is chilled
  3. Pour mixture into serving glass
  4. Garnish with tarragon leaves

Tarragon Syrup


  • ½ cup Turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup Boiling water
  • 6 Large, fresh tarragon leaves


  1. Combine the sugar and boiling water.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the tarragon leaves and steep in hot simple syrup for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain into a clean jar, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

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