The traditional flavors of fall, from apples and pecans to the much celebrated pumpkin spice, pair beautifully with America’s native spirit. In Louisville, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the contribution of the original “maize” to our Thanksgiving table than with a well-made Bourbon cocktail. Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail is mixing up a bounty of seasonal cocktails, but if you’re not in town this fall, here are five to try at home from our culinary web series, Bourbon & Biscuits.
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Bourbon Apple Pie
• 1.5 ounces Bourbon (wheated preferably)
• 1 ounce fresh apple cider
• ½ ounce cinnamon schnapps
• ¼ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 3-4 dashes black walnut bitters
• Apple slices for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
• 2 ounces Bourbon
• 1 ounce Rivulet (pecan liqueur)
• 2-3 dashes orange bitters
• 2 bourbon soaked cherries
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled throughout. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with bourbon soaked cherries.
• 1 peeled fresh apple slice
• 3 dashes black walnut bitters
• ½ ounce brown sugar simple syrup
• 2 ounces Apple cinnamon infused Bourbon – (fill mason jar ¾ full with dried apples, add two cinnamon sticks, fill with bourbon and let sit 4-14 days)
Muddle the apple, bitters and simple syrup in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add the bourbon and a large ice cube. Stir to chill and garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.
• 1.5 ounces Bourbon
• ½ ounce Lemon Juice
• 2-3 teaspoons Honey (to taste)
• Cinnamon Stick
• Lemon Wedge
Add bourbon and lemon juice to a mug and then fill with simmering water. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the honey and garnish with a lemon wedge and a cinnamon stick.
Pumpkin Spice KY Cold Brew
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• ¾ cup dark brown sugar
• 1 cup white granulated sugar
• ¼ cup canned pumpkin (pureed)
• 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 1.5 cups water
Add everything to a saucepan and bring to a simmer (don’t boil). Simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain the syrup to get out any solid pumpkin bits.
Pumpkin Spice Kentucky Cold Brew
• ½ cup heavy whipping cream
• 2 tbs. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• 1 ounce Kentucky Bourbon
• Cold Brew coffee
Vigorously whip ½ cup heavy cream in a chilled bowl until thickened, but not as thick as whipped cream. Add 2 tbs. of pumpkin spice syrup – or to taste for sweetness.
In a pint glass add ice, 1 ounce of bourbon and top with cold brew coffee, leaving room at the top for a good amount of the cream mixture. Spoon cream mixture into glass to fill.
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