Home On The Range Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The 'Home On The Range' cocktail is a nod to the classic American West, a drink that captures the spirit of the frontier. It's a cocktail that would likely be appreciated by those who enjoy a good whiskey and the bitter-sweet interplay of flavors.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are unclear, this cocktail is a variation of the whiskey-based classics.
  • Popularity: It has found favor among those who appreciate the depth of rye whiskey complemented by the herbal notes of Dubonnet and the citrus kick from Cointreau.
  • Occasions: Best enjoyed as an after-dinner drink or during a contemplative evening.

How Home On The Range Tastes?

The 'Home On The Range' offers a harmonious blend of flavors. The rye whiskey provides a spicy and robust foundation, while the Red Dubonnet adds a sweet, wine-like complexity. The Cointreau delivers a bright citrus note, and the Angostura Bitters tie everything together with their subtle herbal undertones. Overall, it's a balanced cocktail with a bittersweet profile, perfect for sipping.

Interesting facts about Home On The Range

  • The name of the cocktail is taken from a classic western folk song, symbolizing the vast American prairies.
  • Red Dubonnet is a fortified wine, aperitif that has been enjoyed in cocktails since the late 19th century.
  • Rye whiskey, known for its spicy profile, is the backbone of many pre-Prohibition era cocktails.


Angostura Bitters

Used for its herbal, bitter taste, Angostura Bitters adds depth and complexity. A dash may seem small, but it's mighty - too much and your cocktail turns into a bitter battlefield, too little and you'll miss the aromatic intrigue. In a pinch, Peychaud's or orange bitters could be a stand-in, though the flavor profile will shift slightly - think of it as a different dialect of the same language.

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This orange-flavored liqueur brings sweetness and a bright citrus note. The 0.5 oz is a delicate balance - Cinderella's glass slipper of the cocktail world. Too much can overpower, too little and the drink lacks dimension. Triple sec or Grand Marnier could substitute, but would dress the drink differently; the former more casually, the latter more opulently.

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Red Dubonnet

A red aromatized wine with a quinine kick, Red Dubonnet gives body and a touch of bitterness. Think of it as the bass undertone in a music track - without it, the song just doesn't groove the same. Miss it out, and the concert's canceled. No Red Dubonnet at hand? A sweet vermouth could step in, but expect a lighter, less brooding performance.

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Rye whiskey

Choose for its spicy and fruity notes, rye whiskey gifts the cocktail its bold courage. 1 oz is just enough to stand its ground without starting a bar brawl. A different whiskey could be used, bourbon for sweetness, Scotch for smoke, but that would be rewriting history - still good, but not the same tale.

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Recipe. How to make Home On The Range Drink

  1. Chill your cocktail glass in advance.
  2. Add 1 oz of rye whiskey to a mixing glass.
  3. Pour 1 oz of Red Dubonnet into the mixing glass.
  4. Measure and add 0.5 oz of Cointreau.
  5. Dash a single dash of Angostura Bitters.
  6. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir well until chilled.
  7. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.
  8. Garnish with a twist of orange peel, expressing the oils over the drink.

Pro Tips

  • Stirring: Make sure to stir the cocktail enough so that it is properly diluted and chilled; this usually takes about 30 seconds.
  • Orange Peel: When expressing the orange peel, twist it over the drink to release the oils, then rub the peel around the rim of the glass before dropping it in.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese: Aged cheddar or gouda can complement the spiciness of the rye whiskey and the bitterness of the Angostura.
  • Charcuterie: Go for smoked meats which will balance well with the cocktail's complex, herbal flavors.
  • Dark Chocolate: Choose a high-cocoa chocolate to play off the deep, rich notes from the Red Dubonnet.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: A dark roast can precede the cocktail for those who enjoy a bitter flavor profile before their cocktail.
  • Sparkling Water: As a palate cleanser between sips, to enhance the nuanced flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Home On The Range

  • Rye Whiskey: If you don't have rye, bourbon can be a suitable substitute, though it will be slightly sweeter.
  • Red Dubonnet: A good alternative could be Lillet Rouge or another sweet vermouth.
  • Cointreau: Triple sec or another orange liqueur can be used if Cointreau is not available.

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Rye Not Maple?

  • Substitute 0.25 oz of the rye whiskey with maple syrup.
  • Instead of stirring, shake the ingredients with ice to integrate the syrup well.
  • The drink will have a sweeter, more autumnal profile with a velvety finish.

The Crimson Cowboy

  • Double the Red Dubonnet for a deeper red hue and richer flavor.
  • Skip the Cointreau. This brings out the herbal notes while lowering the sweetness.
  • A lemon twist instead of orange to complement the increased bitterness.

Herbal Frontiersman

  • Muddle a few fresh basil leaves in the mixing glass before adding the other ingredients.
  • The basil will provide an unexpected herbal freshness to the cocktail.
  • Stick with the orange twist, the sweet citrus will play well with the basil's green notes.

In case you forgot basics how to make Home On The Range

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Home On The Range

What is the origin of the name 'Home On The Range' for this cocktail?

The name 'Home On The Range' is inspired by the famous American folk song that hails from the 19th century, reflecting the cocktail's classic and rustic American qualities.

How should I store my Rye Whiskey to maintain its quality?

Rye Whiskey should be stored upright in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to prevent oxidation and maintain its flavor profile.

What type of glass is best suited for the 'Home On The Range' cocktail?

A chilled coupe or a classic cocktail glass is best suited to enjoy 'Home On The Range,' allowing the aroma and flavors to concentrate for a better tasting experience.

Can I make a batch of 'Home On The Range' cocktails in advance?

Yes, you can mix the Rye Whiskey, Red Dubonnet, Cointreau, and Angostura Bitters in a larger quantity and refrigerate it. However, add ice and stir just before serving to ensure proper dilution and freshness.

What are some other cocktails similar in taste to 'Home On The Range'?

If you enjoy 'Home On The Range,' you may also like cocktails such as the Manhattan, the Boulevardier, or the Old Fashioned, which also highlight whiskey with complementary bittersweet flavors.

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