Ohio Trail Mixer Cocktail

by Erin

Hit the trails of Ohio with this nutty Ohio trail mixer cocktail made with homemade strawberry jam, bourbon, amaretto, walnut bitters, and thyme.

Ohio Trail Mixer Cocktail 1

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Today for Thirsty Thursday I am pairing up with the 5 O’Clock Fashionistas for their “Coaster 2 Coaster” series! Every Tuesday and Thursday different bloggers are sharing cocktails inspired by the states in which they reside. While I am a bit home-confused after living in Texas, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and now Ohio again, since Ohio is where I currently call home that is the state from which I pulled my inspiration.

Unfortunately their website no longer exists, so instead of heading over to their page to find out what I mixed up for my Ohio Cocktail you can just read it here as I have transferred over my original post.

Ohio Trail Mixer Cocktail 2

The state nut of Ohio is the buckeye but unfortunately does not lend itself to eating. While I considered creating a peanut butter and chocolate cocktail inspired by the popular buckeye candy resembling the shape and color of a buckeye nut, I decided to get a little more creative with a cocktail based around nut-flavored elements in the form of amaretto and black walnut bitters. And also bourbon, because bourbon rocks.

Of course, the state of Ohio is also often known for THE Ohio State University, whose mascot happens to also be the buckeyes. Being my alma matter and (former as of November 2018) employerΒ  I have quite a bit of buckeye pride. In order to honor one of the school colors (scarlet) I also added some strawberry jam to the mix to give it a nice red tint. All of the flavors mixed together result in a nutty yet slightly fruity cocktail. Perfect to enjoy have a summertime hike!

Ohio Trail Mixer Cocktail - nutty strawberry bourbon

One year ago: Strawberry Almond Scottish Oatmeal

Two years ago: Homemade Mozzarella & Caprese Salad Skewers

Three years ago: Blueberry-Blackberry Muffins


Yield: 1 serving Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1-1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. amaretto
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 sprig of thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 2 dashes of black walnut bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda
  • Fresh strawberry, for garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients except club soda to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  2. Shake until mixed and strain into a cocktail glass. Top it off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and a strawberry, if desired.
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Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 25, 2015 - 1:34 pm

It’s one of my goals to become a better mixologist! Love the way this looks!

spiffycookie June 25, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Dani, my friend and I had a mixology night where we just started throwing stuff together. It was fun but make sure to have snacks around to absorb the taste testing ;-)


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