Cocktails

An Old Fashioned with an Italian accent

A treasured bottle of limoncello that I brought back from Italy several years ago and opened to mark a milestone birthday led me to discover a delightful new cocktail that is perfect for warm weather. Learn how to make the…

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Stirred Sour

Three years ago, I bought a bottle of limoncello in Sorrento as a memory of my first trip to Italy. The liqueur is traditionally made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, also known as Sorrento or Sfusato lemons,…

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The Negroni/Boulevardier/Americano

The Negroni is a classic cocktail featuring just three ingredients: gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, a bright red apéritif with a bittersweet taste. If gin’s not your thing, substitute bourbon or rye whiskey and you’ll have a Boulevardier. Or leave out…

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Shrunken Heads: One Ghoulish Garnish

So, you’ve whipped up your Witch’s Brew for Halloween, and it tastes appropriately wicked. But there’s … something … missing. Of course! You need some shrunken heads as a garnish. I’m here for you. And you don’t even have to…

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Woodford Reserve Butterscotch Manhattan

  Several years back I was invited to Woodford Reserve’s Manhattan Experience, a competition co-sponsored by the bourbon and Esquire magazine that was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum. While the judges sampled variations on the Manhattan mixed by the…

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Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

Knowing that Halloween and Thanksgiving, the two holidays that revere The Great Pumpkin, are in our sights, the fine folks at Basil Hayden’s sent along this recipe. The resulting cocktail has a lovely orange hue and a pumpkin-pie essence; it’s…

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The Fig Jig

The advent of fall calls for cocktails with rich, deep flavors. This one features both the dark fruit notes of fig and the brightness of orange, which is a natural complement to bourbon. Ingredients 1 tablespoon fig jam (I used…

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The Kentucky Sparkler

Heaven Hill sponsored the opening night’s reception at the Bourbon Women’s Sip-osium at the Pendennis Club on Friday, Aug. 21, and three bartenders created cocktails using three of their products. My favorite, The Kentucky Sparkler, was mixed by Emily Hornback…

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Kentucky Mule

The Kentucky Mule is a variation on the Moscow Mule, a cocktail that mixes vodka, lime juice and ginger beer over ice, usually in a copper mug. The Kentucky version obviously substitutes bourbon for the vodka. Bourbon has always played well with…

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