3-Perfect a trio of Southern cocktails.

When it came time to choose a local “Southern cocktail” expert for this feature, Tim Stramel—a classic cocktail devotee who slings Bee’s Knees and Gin Rickeys behind the stick at Little Rock’s capital of Southern hospitality, the Capital Hotel—seemed an obvious choice. And when it came time for him to choose the three cocktail recipes…

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7-Bake a truly local pie

Rock Town Distillery Bourbon Punch up a traditional apple-pie filling with a little extra flavor by spiking it with a splash or two of award-winning Rock Town Distillery Bourbon Whiskey, produced in downtown Little Rock. Rock Town (rocktowndistillery.com) is found on liquor-store shelves across the state, or can be purchased at the distillery. Arkansas Black…

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5-Get your heirloom-tomato fix

Heirloom tomatoes are special. Like a recipe handed down from one generation to the next, the tomatoes come from heritage seeds that have been around for decades, passed down from grower to grower for at least 50 years. Here are three ways to enjoy them. Seed. Test your green thumb with an Arkansas native tomato,…

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21-Perfect your duck gumbo recipe.

Gumbo may be a Louisiana classic, but add a little wild duck meat and it becomes a wholly Arkansas tradition. Stuttgart boasts some of the best duck hunting in the country and, with it, a community ready to celebrate all things waterfowl—including some good eating. Each year, Stuttgart hosts the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-Off,…

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