ORIGINAL — Bitterroot

August 28, 2011 (Day 152) — Bitterroot What is a bitterroot? From Wikipedia: Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva Pursh) is a small, low plant with a pink to white flower. It is the state flower of Montana, United States. The plant is a low-growing perennial plant with a fleshy taproot and a simple or branched base. The flower stems are leafless, 1–3 cm tall, bearing at the […]

ORIGINAL — Costa Rica Bum

August 27, 2011 (Day 151) — Costa Rica Bum A long day of home improvements on your Saturday calls for a simple, easy to make and easy to drink cocktail to wind down. Even if you’re stuck in a hurricane out east, you can enjoy this drink. Pretend it’s a beautiful summer day on the […]

ORIGINAL — Scottish Tourist

August 26, 2011 (Day 150) — Scottish Tourist When I first started as a reporter in newspapers, one of the people I got to interview was another journalist who haled from Scotland. He had come out to write about Dodge City and it’s western heritage. He was very charming, very kind, and had an accent […]

Snake Oil

August 25, 2011 (Day 149) — Snake Oil Snake Oil was often used to describe any sort of medical cure that was evidently trumped up and used to sell to suckers. I’ve been pretty vocal about my opposition to shots. In my mind, the point of a cocktail is to savor it. I’m a booze-version […]

ORIGINAL — Sarsaparilla

August 24, 2011 (Day 148) — Sarsaparilla When I was a kid growing up in Dodge City, Kansas, one of the “once-a-year” field trips we would always take in grade school was to Boot Hill — the local western museum. Boot Hill is often considered the “crown jewel” of Dodge City tourism. For a kid […]


August 23, 2011 (Day 147) — Roots The Roots are an awesome neo-soul band. This drink combines the group’s beautiful simplicity, but powerful impact. Roots 2 oz Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur 2 oz root beer Combine ingredients in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and serve. Strong, strong root beer flavor. Very smooth, with […]

Root Beer Float

August 22, 2011 (Day 146) — Root Beer Float Well, duh. The first drink we would make with Blackmaker would have to be a Root Beer Float. It’s a classic after all. Root Beer Float 1.5 oz whipped cream vodka 1.5 oz Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur Club soda to top Combine the ingredients in a […]

Featured Best Buy Booze: Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur

August 22, 2011 — Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur The danger with “cola” flavored booze is that part of what makes soda amazing is the little bit of carbonation you get to get that sparkle. You remove that sparkle, and you’ve got a horrible, syrupy mess of crap. So therein lies the challenge of cola liqueurs. […]