Become an Award-Winning Cocktail Mixologist!

Today, there are more brands of bourbon and more bourbon drinkers than ever before. But, with so many options you may find yourself wondering just how to prepare your own award-worthy bourbon cocktail.

In The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book , award-winning bartender Joy Perrine and former restaurant critic and drinks writer Susan Reigler assemble a complete how-to guide for concocting the perfect bourbon drink for any occasion. Impress your friends and family with your mixology skills using these prized bourbon cocktail recipes!

08 Reigler p 36

Manhattan Italiano

As summer rapidly approaches, Joy’s Manhattan Italiano is the perfect drink to accompany the warm weather. This summertime bourbon cocktail received the second place award in the 2008 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Contest.

“I wanted to do something different using bourbon, bitters, and wine to make a summer drink. Originally I used Stirrings’ Blood Orange Bitters, but that product has become hard to find, so I switched to Fee Brothers or Regan’s.” – Joy Perrine

  • 2 ounces Woodford Reserve
  • ½ ounce Tuaca
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 6 dashes Fee Brothers West Indian orange bitters or Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters
  • ½ ounce Cinzano Bianco (white sweet vermouth)

Combine, shake over ice, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a large black pitted olive on a pick.

Spiceberry 

While the holiday season has come and gone, this Perrine creation takes you back to the winter months filled with holiday flavors and cheer! The Spiceberry won first place in the 2006 Woodford Reserve Infusion Contest.

“This is my drink for the holidays, Thanksgiving through Christmas, using the holiday flavors of spices and cranberries. The resulting color reminds me of the berries of the spiceberry tree, which are used throughout Kentucky in seasonal decorations.” – Joy Perrine

  • 05 Reigler p 371 part spice-infused Woodford Reserve
  • 1 part Tuaca
  • 1 part cranberry juice

Combine, shake over ice, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with half an orange slice and three fresh cranberries on a pick.

Stay tuned for more bourbon cocktail recipes throughout the week and remember to sign up by 1 pm Friday, April 12 for this week’s giveaway of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book!

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