the whiskey trail
Nothing says America like a good U.S. made, barrel-aged bourbon. With a legacy that goes all the way back to Kentucky’s bourbon trail American South, the dark spirit is best served at any time of the year during any season. Whether served neat, on the rocks or mixed with bitters or simple syrup, bourbon’s sweet and smoky taste enhances any cocktail. It’s not just the Old Fashioned and Manhattan that stoke the flavors of the dark spirit — having a few creative bourbon cocktails on your menu can make the blandest night vibrant.
Courtesy of Bulleit Bourbon.
1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
Serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a generous wedge of lemon.
Blue Hawaiian Nog
Created by bartender Chris Hannah of Arnaud’s French 75 in New Orleans.
Recipe Serves: 2
Individual Serving Size: 8 oz.
2 oz. Benchmark Bourbon
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
1¼ oz. banana/pineapple/heavy cream
Piece of egg
Pinch of nutmeg spice grounds, for garnish
Pineapple slice, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, add the bourbon, Blue Curacao, banana, pineapple, heavy cream and the egg with ice. Shake and strain over two ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses. Garnish with pineapple slice and nutmeg sprinkles.
Crafted by bartender Ian Julian at Hyatt Regency’s Vitascope Bar in New Orleans.
1½ oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
¾ oz. pumpkin spice syrup
¼ oz. Disaronno Amaretto
2½ oz. Brown’s Dairy Eggnog
Roasted pumpkin seed, for garnish
Build all ingredients into a shaker. Shake it with a beat and strain into a glass with no ice. Top with roasted pumpkin seed as a garnish.
Wild Turkey Champagne Cocktail
Courtesy of Wild Turkey Bourbon.
1 oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon 101
½ oz. peach liqueur
3 dashes bitters
Mix bourbon, peach liqueur and bitters in Champagne goblet and top off with Champagne.
Created by master mixologist Alex Ott.
1½ oz. bourbon
2½ oz. sweetened chamomile tea (steep 3 bags of tea in a cup of hot water, add 2 teaspoons sugar, allow to cool)
¾ oz. raspberry syrup
¼ oz. lemon juice
2 oz. Mercy hangover prevention drink
Red rose petal, for garnish
Combine all ingredients except Mercy in a shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously and strain over three ice cubes in a Cognac glass. Float with Mercy and garnish with a red rose petal.
Courtesy of Marker’s Mark.
2 parts Maker’s 46 Bourbon
1½ parts Mathilde Poires pear liquer
½ part DeKuyper Peachtree schnapps liqueur
½ part fresh lime juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 sliver of freshly cut pear, for garnish
Pour all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a freshly cut slice of pear.