Bourbon Cocktails

Basil Hayden’s small-batch bourbon has a unique flavor, derived from a family recipe that dates back to 1796, which uses twice as much rye as traditional bourbons to create a smooth, balanced blend. Aged eight years, it has a relatively mild 80 proof which means that it can be sipped neat or can be used as a base for a traditional cocktail. It’s is part of the small batch bourbon collection, a celebrated group that also includes, Booker’s, Baker’s, and Knob Creek and continues to be a favorite for both aficionados and culinary enthusiasts. Similarly, Jim Beam, a Ketucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is a great introduction the bourbon family. Aged for two years, Jim Beam is versatile, easy on the palate and a great base spirit for cocktails. Bulleit Bourbon is winning the hearts, minds and palates of Chicagoans. Found in cocktails all over town, Bulleit, similar to Basil Hayden, has a unique recipe with high rye content that creates a certain dryness with a smooth distinctive character.

Best places in Chicago for bourbon cocktails:

C-View for the Ginger B made with dried cherry and vanilla bean infused Jim Beam, ginger beer and Hum botanical spirit

The Southern for The Presbyterian, which incorporates Jim Beam Rye, club soda and ginger ale or the Georgia Julep, which blends Bulleit, peach schnapps, mint and bitters

Longman & Eagle for an Old Fashioned, made with Bulleit

Big Jones for the Northern Woods, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon and Fee Brothers barrel-aged bitters and a splash of amontillado sherry

Julie Reiner, expert mixologist, shares her two favorite Basil Hayden bourbon cocktails for the fall.

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Buck

2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

¾ part Lemon juice

½ part Pineapple juice

¾ part Simple Syrup

1 part ginger beer

Directions: Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and candied ginger

Sir Hayden’s Smash

2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

½ part Cio Ciaro Amaro

¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ part Simple Syrup


Mint Leaves

Directions: In a mixing glass, muddle 3 blackberries and 8-10 mint leaves in ¾ part Simple Syrup. Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, Cio Ciaro Amaro, and Lemon Juice. Shake and fine strain into a wine glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a blackberry.


~ by thestephaniepaige on October 21, 2010.

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