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