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Voice of Experience: June 2023

Indiana Drinks (A Lot!)

Douglas Denton Church

Indiana Drinks (A Lot!) Hofacker

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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!