In the Black Hills of Rapid City, S.D., Contraband Distillery is taking the once-secret Sailer family liqueur recipe to the masses. The recipe is so notorious, legend has it Al Capone tasted the liqueur while hosting a friend’s wedding in Chicago and enjoyed it so much, he shared it with the entire wedding party.
Owner Jerry Sailer has the art of making alcohol in his blood. Passed from father to son for seven generations, Jerry has been making batches of his family’s storied recipe since being taught it by his father at 15 years old. After learning his birthright, Jerry knew he had to open a distillery of his own.
In early 2014, Jerry set down the path of starting his distillery. Just over a year later, Contraband Distillery became the first and only licensed full distillery in South Dakota. They now have a full range of flavored liqueurs, from Black Satin and Royalty to Watermelon, as well as Great Faces Vodka, named for their neighbor, Mount Rushmore.

Smooth Criminal


Ingredients:
  • 0.50 oz. Half-and-Half
  • 0.50 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • Splash of Butter sSot
  • Splash of soda water
Directions:
Enjoy!

Harlem Sunset


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • Splash Grenadine
  • Splash Lime Juice
  • Top with 7 Up or Sprite
Directions:
Enjoy!

Summer Night


Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • Soda water
  • Splash Grapefruit Juice
  • Splash Grenadine
Directions:
Enjoy!

Gumshoe


Ingredients:
  • ¼ fill Coke or Pepsi
  • 2 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • ¾ fill Ginger Ale
Directions:
Enjoy!

Orange Tango


Ingredients:
  • 0.50 oz. Orange Flavored Rum
  • 1.5 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • Fill with ginger ale
  • Garnish with Orange Slice
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Capone


Ingredients:
  • 0.50 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • 0.50 oz. Orange Flavored Rum
  • 2 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • Soda Water to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Bell Star


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Island Punch
  • 1 oz. Smooth Bourbon Contraband Liqueur
  • 7 Up to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Violin Case


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Gold Contraband Liqueur
  • 2 oz. ginger ale
Directions:
Enjoy!

Golden Sunrise


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Gold Contraband Liqueur
  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • Splash of Grenadine
Directions:
Enjoy!

Gold Miners Mule


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Gold Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Great Faces Vodka Contraband Liqueur
  • Ginger Ale to fill
  • Splash of Gin
  • Splash of Lime Juice
Directions:
Enjoy!

Sugar Daddy


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz. Root Beer Contraband
  • Ginger Ale to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Rootbeer Float


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. half & half
  • 2 oz. Rootbeer
  • Soda water
Directions:
Rootbeer, half and half, splash of soda water over ice

Sugar Momma


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. Root Beer Contraband
  • Ginger Ale to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Rushmore Jackhammer


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Great Faces Vodka Contraband Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Juice to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Bee's Knees


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Great Faces Vodka Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • Double Splash of Grenadine
  • Pineapple Juice to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Rockhead Lemon Ade


Ingredients:
  • 0.50 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. Great Faces Vodka Contraband Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Ginger Ale to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Miners Mule


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Great Faces Vodka Contraband Liqueur
  • Ginger Ale to fill
  • Splash of Gin
  • Splash of Lime Juice
Directions:
Enjoy!

Cancelled Stamp


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz. Great Faces Vodka Contraband Liqueur
  • Ginger Ale to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Royal Squeeze


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Spiced Rum
  • Ginger Ale to fill
  • Splash of Grenadine
Directions:
Enjoy!

Royal Navel


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • Orange Juice to fill
  • Splash of Lemon Juice
Directions:
Enjoy!

Cat’s Meow


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Amaroyal


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • Cranberry juice to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

Bittersweet Margarita


Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Margarita mix
  • Salt rim
Directions:
Enjoy!

Raspberry Rage


Ingredients:
  • 0.50 oz. Raspberry Pucker
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • 7 Up to fill
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Coffin


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Royalty Contraband Liqueur
  • 7 Up to fill
  • Splash Sweet/Sour
Directions:
Enjoy!

Smooth Gangster


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Contraband Black Satin Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Contraband Root Beer Liqueur
  • .5 oz. Original Contraband Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Half and Half
Directions:
Combine all ingredients over ice and stir.