Legend has it when John Denver flew on his private jet, he would request a special drink, kind of a margarita with a twist. This drink came to be known as “The John Denver” with the flight crew and anyone they told about it. I have very special second or maybe third hand information on this delicious recipe. Kind of, “this one time my brother’s cousin’s best friend’s aunt’s dog saw John Denver drink this drink once.”
No, for real, third hand information. If you’re not familiar with John Denver, he was a country singer who was big in the 1970’s. I’m not a fan of country music, but I am a fan of John Denver. Whenever I hear Take Me Home Country Roads, it immediately reminds me of driving through the mountains with my cousins when they would visit from Michigan. It’s kind of the perfect song to listen to while driving through the mountains with people you care about.
Also, John Denver recorded the song Rocky Mountain High in 1972. I’m not sure he knew how prolific a song it would be 40 years later when pot became legal in Colorado. And then there’s this song, Grandma’s Feather Bed and this video that goes along with it, which is amazing.
Unfortunately, John Denver passed away in 1997 while piloting his own aircraft, a Long-EZ. This was a plane he built himself. It’s a homemade airplane you can probably buy on the Internet these days. It ran out of gas while he was flying along the California coast line. So sad.
John Denver knew how to enjoy a good drink. It has beer and tequila. What more can you ask for?
The John Denver
1 can Limeade
1 Bottle of Corona
8 oz Tequila
8 oz 7-Up
4 oz Orange Juice
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve over ice with a lime wedge.
Cheers to John!