Cowboy Western Drink Recipes

 Cowboy Christmas Drinks

Your thirsty, it's 3am Christmas Eve.  You tip toe on down to the kitchen for a toasty mug-o-cocoa.  Flip on the lights and what to your wandering eyes should appear? Why it's 3 eyed Jake, and he's looking for beer. 

You are plum outta beer and you for sure don't want this optical nightmare around when Santa shows up, there's only solution- get this weak-eyed westerner a substitute favorite drink and he'll be on his way.


Our Own Wild Rose Julep

 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels Honey

1 1/2 oz fresh brewed Moroccan Mint Tea
1 1/2  teaspoon raw sugar
handful of fresh mint
crushed ice

Brew a cup of tea (strong) add sugar & chill
(this is a good time to make the glass if you are doing so)

Reserve a few sprigs of mint for garnish
Crush (not chop) rest of mint 
Add crushed mint to bottom of glass
Add crushed ice to 1" from rim
Add Jack

Garnish with mint sprigs

The Cowgirl Cocktail

1/2 oz Brandy

1/2 oz Creme de Casis

1/2 oz heavy cream




Shake with crushed ice, strain into cocktail glass

Hee Haw

2 1/2 oz Gin

1 oz Grenadine

1 oz dry Vermouth

3 Drops of Bitters

Shake well with crushed ice, strain into cocktail glass

O.K. Corral Hot Spiced Wassail

(o.k. it's not western)

3Cinnamon sticks

16 Whole Cloves

1 tsp Allspice

6 cups Apple Cider

2 cups Cranberry juice cocktail

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup of Rum

2 Oranges

Break cinnamon in peices tie in cheesecloth bag along with cloves and allspice. Combine apple cider, cranberry juice and sugar in saucepan, add bag of spices simmer 10 minutes, remove bag add rum, allow to warm, but do not boil. Pour in serving bowl with sliced oranges.Makes 2 1/2 quarts

Shoot Out Spiced Cider

1 Gallon Apple Cider

1 cup Sugar

2 tsp Whole Cloves

1 Whole Nutmeg

2 Cups Orange Juice

1/2 cup Lemon juice

3/4 cup Apple Brandy

Combine cider and sugar in large pot. Tie spices in cheesecloth bag, add to cider. Bring to boil, reduce heat simmer 15 minutes, remove from heat add brandy.Makes 2 1/2 quarts

Buffalo Milk

4 ponies of Brandy Sweet cider

1 teaspoon Bar sugar

Milk !

egg white

half and half

dash each of: Orange clove Vanilla Cinnamon extract

Beat egg white, shake with brandy and ice. Strain, pour into Tom Collins glasses fill with equal amounts of sweet cider,milk and half and half. ( 2 drinks )

Madame Gertrudes Garter

2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Grenadine

1/2 oz Lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice then strain.Drop in one lump of ice,fill with seltzer and add lemon twist.

House Raisin

A house raisin' was just like a barn raisin' only fer a house. All the neighbor folk would get together to help another build a home. The men folk did the building while the women folk did the cooking. Except for this recipe that is. All the men drew straws for the job of making up the batch of House Raisin'. This recipe is for 50 drinks!

2 bottles White Rum

3 quarts orange juice

2 bottles Jamaica

3 quarts lime juice

1 bottle Demarara (150 proof)

1 quart Grenadine

2 bottles Curacao

2 oz Pernod

Mix ingredients in either well or bathtub, over 100 lb. of ice.

Cheyenne Warhoop

1/4 oz Gin

1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar

1/4 oz lemon juice

1 egg

1/4 oz orange juice

1 teaspoon apricot brandy

1/4 oz rye

Shake with cracked ice then strain.

Black Barts Bomb

1/2 oz lemon juice

1 dash grenadine

1 oz good bourbon

Shake with crushed ice, strain.

Trade Wiskey

1 cup water

1 liter bourbon

2 tablespoons cut tobacco

4 small dried red peppers

Make a tobacco tea by boiling water tobacco and peppers for 5 minutes, strain and add to wiskey to taste. The gunpowder is added last.

The wiskey of the early west was both flavored and watered down a bit. This recipe originally called for 1/2 teaspoon black gunpowder in addition to the other ingredients listed....we do not think thats a good idea. If you simply must do it, DO NOT use the modern high-speed powder it's poisonous!!!!!!!!

Hail Storm Julip

From the 1830's the earliest known mixed drink served in Colorado, from Bent's Fort. Originally made with Monongahela whiskey from Pittsburgh, or wheat whiskey from Taos.

3 oz bourbon

2 teaspoons powdered sugar

2 sprigs of fresh mint leaves

place crushed ice in pint size mason jar, add bourbon, sugar and mint screw top in place, shake at least 50 times...remove lid and drink from jar.

Egg Wine

O.K. this sounds gross, but it is a pioneer recipe.

Vigorously beat 4 whole eggs plus the yolks of 4 more with 1/2 pound of fine sugar;

next add 2 quarts of white wine and beat over moderate heat until rising, do not boil. 


A Frontier German Drink

To 100 parts of water add from 10 to 15 parts of sugar, dissolve and add to the syrup thus formed an aqueous extract of 0.8 parts of green or black tea. Add fresh beer or brewers yeast, put in a warm place and let ferment. When fermentation has progressed to a certain point the liquid is cleared, and then bottled, corked and the corks are tied down. 



Cherry Bounce


1 quart mashed cherries (including crushed stones)

1 quart dark rum


          Combine ingredients, let stand for a week. Strain through fine cheesecloth and sweeten to taste with

          brown sugar. Store in closed container for a week before using.




Santa Fe Gin Cocktail


United States Hotel 1848




3 oz gin





dash of bitters





2 dashes maraschino liquor





2 dashes white vermouth





2 small ice cubes





lemon slice for garnish




Stir all ingredients, strain, and serve with lemon slice

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