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Prairie Fire

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This classic shooter is a simple two-ingredient eye-opener made with whiskey or moonshine and a vinegary hot sauce like Tabasco. Cocktail historians believe the Prairie Fire was invented in the American Midwest as a punishment for patrons that lost bar bets. But that doesn’t mean it can’t also be enjoyed as a spicy reward.

The Essentials

Hot Sauce
The Details


1.5 oz Moonshine
.25 oz Hot Sauce


  • Pour the white lightning (or other whiskey) into a shot glass.
  • Float the hot sauce on top of the liquor.
  • Shoot it.
Whiskey Savory Easy
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