Mixology at Home - Biker Cocktails?

Whiskey, cherry juice and ginger ale didn't quite hit the spot.
Published: Aug. 3, 2023 at 8:48 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - We know what Sturgis Motorcycle Rally bikers ride ... Harleys. We know what they wear ... leather. But what do they drink?

I did a web search for biker cocktails and came up with a lot of odd recipes; many with names I dare not repeat on air (FCC won’t let me be!). Some tamer names include Biker’s Poison (Jack Daniels and rum), the Crash Dummy, Oil Tank and the Knucklehead, which is a variation of the god-awful Long Island Iced Tea.

Bikers, in previous surveys, seem to favor beer and whiskey; nothing fancy. That beer used to be Budweiser, the “King of Beers.” But recent marketing stumbles helped dethrone that favorite. As for whiskey, Jack Daniels comes to mind; and the distillery is a major sponsor of the rally.

I decided to stick with Jack Daniel’s to make a variation of an Old Fashioned or the traditional Jack and Ginger, a whiskey highball. No idea what to call this, other than a recipe you should trash. Maybe if I used a cherry liqueur rather than tart cherry juice. So, you be the judge.


  • 1 ½ oz Jack Daniel’s whiskey
  • 1 oz cherry liqueur (forget the tart cherry juice)
  • 2 to 3 dashes of cherry bitters (maybe drop this)
  • Ginger ale
  • Maraschino cherry garnish


In a rocks glass with a large cube of ice, add the whiskey and liqueur; top off with ginger ale and garnish with a Maraschino cherry. If you need a little sweeter drink, add simple syrup or muddle a sugar cub with the bitters and cherry juice before adding the other ingredients to the glass.

If you have a smoker gun, you might want to add some cherry wood and smoke your drink. Any flat thing, such as a coaster, works as a lid to trap the smoke in for a while. You can also buy discs or decanters; even use an old liquor bottle.


A better Jack Daniel’s drink is just the simple highball, adding the juice of a half a lime. It is a refreshing drink after a day of riding the Black Hills or Badlands.