Last week on the radio, Heidi invited one of the Dining On A Dime girls over to play. Since Julie was too busy tearin’ it up at the Greek Festival, Emily had to make an emergency appearance in the studio.

Still jittery from all the delicious caffeine she consumed at Village Coffee Roastery a few WEEKS ago, Emily waxed nostalgic about the layered espresso shot (and House favorite) she enjoyed at the great little joint.  The shot is called “The John Wayne” and it comes with guns a-blazin’!  In its honor, we offer up this cocktail by the same name. It might not make you feel like pushing your car home (in fact, we insist that you leave the operation of ANY heavy machinery to one of your fantastic, non-drinking friends), but it might make you want to kick back, relax, and enjoy an evening of spaghetti western films in the safety of your home.


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz Amaretto
  • 2-3 dashes Bitters
  • ¼ oz Orange Juice

Pour all of these ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a glass. You can garnish this drink with an orange slice, but John Wayne would probably make fun of you.