Arkansas, our 25th state as of June 15, 1836, is no longer The Land of Opportunity.
No, seriously, they changed their motto to The Natural State back in the 1970s to boost their tourism profile.
What they are the land of is national parks, mountains, hot springs and agriculture–they’ve got poultry, beef and pork down pat!
They also have a high number of dry counties throughout the state: 42 of the 75 do not allow alcohol to be sold within their boundaries! And the counties that do sell it get the privilege of collecting loads of extra taxes–4% to start plus an additional 10% on cocktails and wine at restaurants!
Since we haven’t done a non-alcoholic drink in a while, now seems the appropriate time, doesn’t it?
Granny’s Baked Apples
1.5 oz Apple Juice
1 barspoon Sweetened Condensed Milk
splash of vanilla
sprinkle of cinnamon
Combine over ice and shake like you’re prospecting for gems in Crater of Diamonds State Park. Strain into a chilled cordial glass and top with cinnamon.
The primary inspirations for this drink are the state flower being the apple blossom and the state beverage being milk. I suppose if you just couldn’t hang with the lack of alcohol, you could always dash in some vanilla vodka instead of the plain vanilla.
And with this recipe we’re halfway through the 50 States!