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June 28, 2023 Lifestyle

Indiana Drinks (A Lot!)

Doug Church

After a broad survey of Hoosiers who DRINK, it was impossible to narrow the list down to just one most popular drink. Here is a short summary of those that made my list:

  1. The “Hoosier Heritage,” Indiana's "unofficial" signature cocktail is the result of a contest held by the Indiana State Museum in 2015. The cocktail, named "Hoosier Heritage," is made with Knob Creek rye whiskey in honor of Abraham Lincoln, who moved to Indiana in 1816 from Knob Creek Farm. Jason Foust, the winner of the big prize, mixes in maple syrup, lemon juice, and apple cider to create the concoction.
  2. Millions of people actually see this particular drink consumed once a year on Memorial Day!  MILK for the 500 winner!
  3. Conner Prairie Apple Slushies.  Conner Prairie is an outdoor living history museum that is incredible and whatever they do is GREAT!
  4. A number of respondents nominated Triple XXX Root Beer, a homegrown version of root beer.  Very popular summer-time beverage.
  5. The official Indiana beverage is Water – 2007 115th General Assembly of Indiana Senate Resolution 20.
  6. Sazerac Fire Ball (A New Albany favorite which speaks for itself).
  7. Bees Knees, my personal favorite: Ingredients and instructions follow!

First the Honey Syrup

  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 5 sprigs thyme


  • 2 oz. gin or vodka
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon peel and thyme sprig, for garnish


  • Honey Syrup
  1. Step 1:  In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook honey, water, and thyme, stirring constantly and bruising thyme leaves as you stir, until honey has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then discard thyme.
  2. Step 2:  Make Ahead: Honey syrup can be made 2 weeks ahead. Transfer to an airtight container and chill. 
  • Cocktail
  1. Step 1:  In a cocktail shaker, combine gin or vodka, lemon juice, and 3/4 oz. honey syrup. Fill shaker with ice and vigorously shake until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
  2. Step 2:  Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon and thyme.

No matter which Hoosier drink you choose, you can’t go wrong!! Enjoy!

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Doug Church

Noblesville, IN

Doug concentrates his practice on civil litigation, mediation, and municipal law, including representation of municipal corporations. He served as Town Attorney for the Town of Fishers from 1980 to 2015 and was City Attorney for Noblesville from 1988 to 1996. He is routinely involved in civil litigation matters before the courts of general jurisdiction throughout the State of Indiana as well as United States District Courts.


In addition to representing numerous clients before plan commissions and boards of zoning appeals, he has also represented municipal corporations, including Fishers and Noblesville, on a vast array of legal matters. His extensive experience in litigation resulted in his induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates with the rank of Advocate. In both bench and jury trials, Doug has dealt with a wide variety of legal issues from complex commercial litigation to personal injury and medical malpractice matters to family and estate disputes. Since the advent of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism, Doug has been routinely selected to serve as a mediator by parties and judges throughout Indiana.


Doug has been very active in organized bar associations and has served as president of the Hamilton County Bar Association, president of the Indiana State Bar Association, president of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Bar Foundation and member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. His civic and community involvement has been extensive and he considers his service on the Conner Prairie Board of Trustees and his service on the Greater Indianapolis YMCA Foundation Board of Trustees as distinct privileges.