Whiskey Sour Punch

At a recent party where I featured a bourbon tasting, I wanted to have something available beforehand – something easy that wouldn’t require a lot of bartending. Punch was the obvious answer. You can mix it up ahead of time, … Read More

Vanilla Bean Bourbon Champagne Cocktail 2

Vanilla Bean-Bourbon Champagne Cocktail

This festive cocktail was created by Marianne Barnes, then-master taster at Brown-Forman, for a bourbon dinner at Varanese in Louisville. I liked it so much I asked for the recipe. While Marianne’s instructions called for simple syrup and Woodford Reserve barrel-aged … Read More

Autumn Splendor

Autumn Splendor (recipe from There Will Be Bourbon) 3 oz. apple cider 2 oz. bourbon (we used Old Forester 86 proof) 1.5 oz. ginger beer (we used Bundaberg) Mix apple cider and bourbon. Add ginger beer and serve in an … Read More

Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Blueberry Bourbon Smash

With tomorrow being National Bourbon Day, and Sunday being Father’s Day, you have lots of reasons to feel the spirit this weekend. If you’d like to get started early in the day, here is a terrific brunch cocktail I came … Read More

Chrome Crusta

Chrome Crusta

Today in New York’s Belmont Park, California Chrome makes his run at history. Having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, can he take the Belmont Stakes and end the 36-year Triple Crown drought? I don’t know, but the word … Read More

Vintage bourbon cocktails from Molly Wellmann

Cocktails were originally created to make less-than-stellar spirits more palatable by masking them with other ingredients. But now the philosophy is to enhance the spirit, not cover it up, says Cincinnati mixologist Molly Wellmann. Molly has studied the classic cocktails of … Read More

Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association pulls together a pretty mean bar for the Governor’s Derby Eve Gala at the Mansion in Frankfort, Ky., and this year’s was no different. They usually have something new or rare to share. This year, the … Read More

Henry Watterson’s Classic Mint Julep

With the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby just one day away, it’s time again to share my favorite mint julep recipe, attributed to Henry Watterson, the colorful and sometimes controversial editor of The Courier-Journal: “Pluck the mint gently from … Read More

Pumpkin Pie Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Pie Old Fashioned teamed up with Brooklyn bartender and food blogger Mallory Lance of Mallory’s Kitchen to turn a turkey dinner into seven unique cocktails. I had to scroll quickly past most of them, because muddled turkey bouillon? Shudder. But this one … Read More

Mix: Happy National Whiskey Sour Day(s)!

So apparently Sunday is National Whiskey Sour Day. And why not? If there are national days devoted to cornchips and frozen food (and there are), why not a day devoted to a zingy bourbon-based cocktail? There is even a National Whiskey Sour Day website. The … Read More