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.

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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!

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Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

  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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