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Bourbon and Rye whiskey have been the backbone of some of the most commonly requested elixirs since cocktails became popular in the 19th century. With the explosion of the “Cocktail Culture” sweeping the drinking community off its feet, the bartenders of Bourbon Country have started to put more effort in offering Bourbon and Rye as an ingredient in cocktails, instead of just on the rocks. Here are some holiday themed cocktails to entertain with this season from some of the hottest bartenders in Bourbon Country.

Cousin Eddie’s Milk Punch

Cousin Eddie’s Milk Punch

Cousin Eddie’s Milk Punch

From Hampton Fisher

• 2oz Four Roses Yellow Label
• 1 dash vanilla extract
• 1/4oz simple syrup
• 1 oz heavy cream
• 2 oz whole milk
• ½ of 1 egg white

Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into old-fashioned glass. Serve up with fresh nutmeg grated on top.

 

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

From Brandon Judd
• 1 ½oz Woodford Reserve
• 3/4oz apple shrub
• 1/2oz lazzaroni
• 1/2oz lemon juice
• 1 dash of Angostura Bitters

Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with dust of nutmeg.

* For apple shrub, look up recipes for “Cold Processed Apple Shrub”. This particular shrub was infused with Apple Rooibos Tea.

 

Harry’s Christmas Sweater

Harry’s Christmas Sweater

Harry’s Christmas Sweater

From Adam Geissler 
• 1 ¼ oz fernet branca
• ½ oz Willet Rye
• ¾ oz Little Rouge
• ¾ oz fresh orange juice
• Tbs Tempis Fugit crème de cacao

Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into small cocktail or martini glass.

*The name is in honor of Joe Pesci’s character Harry from Home Alone, to go along with the Italian ingredients used in this cocktail.

 

Thanks to our cocktail artisans, who applied creativity to their craft, and helped us generate some unique holiday recipes.

Holiday Cocktail Artisans

In picture, L-R: From Lexington, KY, Table 310’s Adam Jordan Geissler and Belle’s Cocktail House’s Brandon Judd and Hampton Fisher and Hampton’s Labrador “Bourbon”

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