The idea for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils Gin goes all the way back to the Daredevils’ first trip to London in 1973, when they recorded their first album with legendary producer Glyn Johns — and hit the pubs when they weren’t working. They discovered the joys of English beer, but also developed a lifelong love of British gin.
The team, including fellow Daredevils Michael “Supe” Granda and Steve Cash (who passed in October 2019), set out to produce a gin in the classic London Dry style that also included botanicals native to the Ozarks — namely elderflower, which comes from nearby Mount Vernon in Missouri.
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Ozark Gin’s spirit harkens back to classic London Drys (47% ABV). Its backbone is solidly juniper but not overwhelmingly so, with a profile of 11 botanicals, making for an ample supporting cast. Ozark Gin was launched in Southwest Missouri, and is now available throughout the state through distributor Breakthru Beverages (formerly Major Brands).
Daredevils fans will recognize the bottle’s label, which is a throwback to the band’s eponymous 1973 debut album. The label was recently awarded a bronze medal at the 2022 American Distilling Institute’s International Spirits Competition for “Packaging Excellence.”
“The Jackie Blue” is available for the month of June!
A refreshing twist on a classic Tom Collins, the Jackie Blue cocktail was inspired by The Daredevils 1974 hit. Our botanical-forward gin shines with the addition of Blue Curaçao, giving this porch sipper a brilliant cobalt hue.
In a shaker tin combine Ozark Mountain Daredevil Gin, Blue Curaçao, and lemon and lime juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a fresh twist of lemon.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are an American country rock band formed in 1972 in Springfield, Missouri. They are most widely known as “basically a hippie band from Missouri.”
They have received wide acclaim for their singles “If You Wanna Get to Heaven” in 1974 and “Jackie Blue” in 1975. They have produced 15 albums and sold more than 3 million records worldwide. Through this release, Daredevils co-founder John Dillon described the origin of the gin idea dating back to the band’s heyday. Their rich history and passion for gin has made this endeavor an extremely rewarding experience.