Gunslinger Cocktail

Today I thought I’d share a cocktail recipe that I’ve been trying to perfect over the last year.  My mission was to develop a gentleman’s cocktail that reminded me of the smokey flavors I love from a day out at the range, with ties back to what is considered the oldest known cocktail.  I present to you, the Officer & Gent take on an “Old Fashioned“, this is the O&G Gunslinger.


The base for this drink can be either Bourbon or Rye Whiskey.  I’ve tried a few different distillers, and as much as I wanted this to be a Bullet Rye drink (Bullet in the Gunslinger), it did not have as smooth a flavor as other Bourbons or Ryes that I would recommend to you today.

Spirits found to work best with this cocktail are:

  • Rye:  Rittenhouse or Templeton
  • Bourbon:  Buffalo Trace or Duke



  • 1 oz Club Soda
  • Garnish: 1851 Colt Navy


Step 1:  In a rocks glass, add 1 tsp Bourbon Smoked Sugar
Step 2:  Wet the sugar down with 12 ml (drops) of the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Aromatic Cocktail Bitters


Step 3:  Add 1 oz of Club Soda or Pellegrino sparkling water.
Step 4:  Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler.

Step 5:  Add 2 large ice cubes.
Step 6:  Pour in 2 oz of Bourbon (or Rye).
Step 7:  Stir and enjoy.

Firearms are a fine thing, and so are cocktails or spirits.
These two things, however, do not mix.
– CPT Mills

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