Somewhere between a tiki drink and a shrub, and inspired by North Carolina barbecue, we created this drink for our friends at Feast + West. This Father's Day, mix one up for dad with whiskey, honey syrup, pineapple juice, and his favorite NC BBQ sauce, plus honey and hickory smoked sea salt for the rim. It's as close as you can get to barbecue in a glass, and it goes great with a plate of NC's finest. Hop on over to Feast + West for the full recipe.
This drink is a great excuse to stock your pantry with North Carolina ingredients (which can all go right next to your copy of The Great NC BBQ Map, of course).
- NC Made whiskey from Troy and Sons (Asheville) or Southern Grace Distilleries (Concord), TOPO Organic Spirits (Chapel Hill), Broadslab Distillery (Benson), or Defiant Whisky (Bostic).
- Honey from your local farmers' market
- Hickory Smoked Sea Salt from Savory Spice Shop (Charlotte, Greensboro, Huntersville, and Raleigh)
- NC BBQ Sauce: With over 400 places in our state to pick up a bottle of barbecue sauce, we don't think you'll have any problem finding a favorite there.
Ingredient Note: We used Bill Spoon's Barbecue Eastern style sauce, which gave the drink a nice spicy kick. For a milder effect, let the spices settle a little after giving the sauce a shake.