A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 20, 2006
Prairie Fire (Tabasco and tequila cocktail)

"Prairie Fire” is a hot cocktail of tequila and Tabasco sauce. It is not known where the drink originated.


Wikipedia
Canadian Prairie Fire
½ to 1 part Tabasco sauce
1 part Yukon Jack

Mexican Prairie Fire
½ to 1 part Tabasco sauce
1 part Tequila or Mescal

Redneck Prairie Fire
1 part Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 part Grain Alcohol (White Lightning)

Caribbean Prairie Fire
½ to 1 part Tabasco sauce
1 part 151 proof rum

Drinksmixer.com
Texas Prairie Fire recipe
INGREDIENTS
3/4 oz tequila
lime juice
3 - 5 squirts Tabasco® sauce
DIRECTIONS
Pour 3/4 shot of Tequila in shot glass, top off with lime juice, splash in tabasco sauce, and shoot. 

23 February 1988, Washington Post, pg. E4:
First stop on our tour—keep your arms and legs in the bus, ladies and gentlemen—is the longhorn Dance Hall. The required beverage there is Prairie Fire, a simple but potent mixture of tequila and Tabasco.

The New Texas Cuisine
by Stephan Pyles, with John Harrisson
New York: Doubleday
1993
Pg. 85:
PRAIRIE FIRE
This cocktail is also known as a “Desert Rose,” because if the Tabasco sauce hits the tequila just right, it quickly forms a delicate rose shape in the glass. The more of these you drink, the easier it is to see the rose!

1 COCKTAIL
1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) tequila
2 drops of Tabasco sauce
Salt
1 lime wedge

Pour the tequila into a shot glass. Carefully add the Tabasco to the tequila. Hold your left hand spread so the thumb and index finger shape an “L.” Moisten the area between the thumb and index finger with your tongue or a little lime juice. Sprinkle salt on the moistened area. Bite into the lime, extracting the juice, lick the salt from your hand, and down the tequila in a single gulp. Chase with another bite of lime if necessary.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, October 20, 2006 • Permalink