Mississippi Haymaker

Mississippi Haymaker Recipe

Mississippi Haymaker Recipe

Every Pitmaster needs a good drink to cool down after a hot day manning the fire, and I have a great one for you right here. I call it a Mississippi Haymaker and it’s packed with refreshing flavors guaranteed to quench your thirst! This recipe was adapted from an old farmer’s drink (haymaker’s punch). It was drunk after a hot day’s work gathering hay. The original combines lemon, ginger, molasses, and vinegar into a sweet-tangy drink that rehydrates you better than regular water according to old timers. I like the lemon and ginger combo in this punch and decided that it would make a great “adult” beverage for those hot summer BBQ’s. I call it the Mississippi Haymaker (cause I’m from Mississippi) and they are delicious and refreshing. Print
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Mississippi Haymaker Recipe


  • 4oz Ginger Simple Syrup*
  • 4oz Water
  • 2oz Lemon Juice
  • 2oz Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Ginger Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped ginger
  • Combine the sugar and water in a small boiler over medium high heat. Bring to a boil stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the ginger and return to boil. Remove from heat and steep for ½ hour. Strain the syrup and store in an airtight container until ready to use.


  1. Fill a quart mason jar with ice.
  2. Add bourbon, lemon juice, ginger syrup, water, and cider vinegar.
  3. Place lid on jar and shake, garnish jar with lemon slices and serve.
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10 responses to “Mississippi Haymaker Recipe”

  1. Travis Mansfield says:

    I would like to see you do.a turkey and how it is done right on a Yoder.

  2. julius brown says:

    Man this is a very good cocktail. Made it with Wellers since I could not find my 4roses. Even my bourbon hating wife enjoyed it.

  3. This is the best drink I’ve ever tasted. Absolutely delicious!

  4. Todd says:

    Refreshing summer cocktail! And dangerous! Works well with a good rye whiskey (I tried Old Forester). I like substituting club soda for the water for that little extra tingle.

  5. Amber says:

    LOVE it. Refreshing.

  6. Bill says:

    This is a great drink very refreshing….. something you could drink all day but could also sneak up on you! AWSOME cocktail

  7. Fred Jones says:

    Delicious and so refreshing! Big Fan of your YouTube channel!

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  9. Dee says:

    We love this drink! What made you want to include apple cider vinegar? It’s yummy!

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