The Bourbon Barrel

Title

A Gentleman's Guide to "The Good Stuff"

Mint Julep Bourbon Limeade: The name says it all. 

What You'll Need:

4oz Bourbon

4oz Lime Juice

2oz Key Lime Juice

2 Cups Simple Syrup (1 cup sugar, 2 cups water)

Fresh Mint and Basil 

2 Whole Limes


Steps:

For the Syrup:

Bring 2 Cups of water to a boil and stir in 1 Cup of sugar

Add Basil and Mint leaves to the mixture and stir until the sugar is dissolved into the water,


For the Limeade:

Muddle several Mint and Basil leaves in a pitcher

Add the Simple syrup, lime juice, bourbon, and key lime juice

Quarter both limes and garnish the pitcher. 


Serve in Julep Cups over plenty of crushed Ice and Garnish with Mint and Basil

Enjoy!

 

The Victor:  Created with the help of Jeremy, a bartender at Victor Social Club in Charleston, SC, The Victor is a great winter cocktail.

What You'll Need:

1.5oz Rye 

1/2oz Thai Chili Simple Syrup

1/2oz Lime Juice

Orange Juice


Steps: Mix the rye, simple syrup and lime with ice. Pour over ice in a rocks glass and top with a splash of orange juice, Garnish with orange wheel. 

Tip: Add clove to the simple syrup or orange wheel for that classic holiday scent. 

Enjoy!

The Sampson:  The Sampson, created by The Bourbon Barrel, is best served over crushed ice.

What You'll need:

2oz Bourbon

2oz Grapefruit Juice

1/2oz Lime Juice

Fresh Mint Leaves 


Steps:

Muddle the Mint in a highball glass, then fill the glass with crushed ice. 

Mixx all the ingredients in a shaker, pour over ice and enjoy!

Whoa, Nellie:

What You'll need:

1.5oz Rye

3/4oz Dark Rum

1/2oz Simple Syrup

1/2oz Lemon Juice

1/2oz Grapefruit Juice


Steps:

Mix the ingredients in a shaker and serve over ice. 

Enjoy!

The Gibson: TThe Gibson is a bourbon barrel specialty created by our founder and is best served on the rocks or in a shot. 


What You'll Need:

1oz Bourbon

1/2oz Kahlùa 

1-2 Dashes bitters


Steps:

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, chill, and serve. 

The Bell: The Bell is a vodka-based version of the Bubble. Although we try to avoid this clear devil, The bubble and Bell go together and are great "his and her" cocktails for an evening out with your significant other. 

What You'll Need:

2oz Vodka

1.5oz Club Soda

1/2oz Simple Syrup

1/2oz Orange Juice

Orange Twist Garnish

Steps:

1. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice

2. Pour all of the ingredients into the glass

3. Stir

4. Garnish with Orange

Enjoy!

The Bubble: The Bubble is another Bourbon Barrel house special great for a summer evening. 

What You'll Need:

2oz Bourbon

1.5oz Club Soda

1/2oz Simple Syrup

1/2oz Orange Juice

Orange Twist Garnish

Steps:

1. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice

2. Pour all of the ingredients into the glass

3. Stir

4. Garnish with Orange

Enjoy!

Irish Car Bomb


What You'll Need:

Half pint Guiness™ Irish stout

1.5oz Bailey's™ Irish Cream

1.5oz Jameson™ Irish Whiskey


Steps:

Take a half Pint of Guinness™ Irish Stout and drop in a 3oz shot glass filled halfway with Bailey's™ Irish cream and halfway with Jameson™ Irish whiskey into the pint and drink up!

Jameson™ "Pickle back": The Pickle Back is an odd, yet delicious drink, perfect for St. Patrick's day. The recipe is simple; Take a shot of Jameson™ Irish Whiskey, and follow it with a shot of pickle juice. However, Many people enjoy making their own pickle juice. I personally, take the juice from a pickle jar and combine it with a homemade pickle juice consisting of Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Peppercorn, Ginger and Jalepeño. The recipe for the juice can be found on Epicurious. Enjoy!

~Nick

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pickling-Juice-104359 

Barrel Aged Manhattan:


What You'll Need:

2 liters of mid level bourbon

1 liter of mid level vermouth

1-1.5 oz of Bitters

3 liter oak barrel

Charred oak chips (optional)

Steps: 

After the barrel is cured and cleaned, pour the bourbon, vermouth and bitters into the barrel and shake the barrel to mix the ingredients. If you want to double-oak the manhattan, add  1/4 pound of charred oak chips to the barrel and let sit for 10 days! Enjoy!

Manhattan                                                         Whiskey Sour

What You'll Need:

2oz Rye Whiskey

1oz Sweet Vermouth

2 drops aromatic bitters

2 Cherries

Shaker or mixer

Highball or Martini glass

Steps

1. Pour the Vermouth and bourbon into your shaker

2. Add 1-3 drops of bitters

3. Add ice

4. Shake until chilled

5. Pour into martini glass if taken neat, or into a highball glass with ice

6. Garnish with Cherry and enjoy!

What You'll Need 

1.5oz Whisky

1.5oz Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Simple Syrup

1 Cherry (optional)

Shaker or mixer

Chilled Highball Glass

Steps:

1. Pour the Whisky, Lemon Juice and Syrup in the shaker

2. Add ice to shaker

3. Shake until chilled

4. Pour into a chilled rocks or highball glass

6. Garnish with a single cherry and enjoy! 

* You can add cherry juice to shaker for stronger taste*

Old-Fashioned

Mint Julep

What You'll Need:

2oz Bourbon Whiskey

1tsp of Sugar

2 drops aromatic bitters

1 Cherry

1 Orange Slice

1 Shaker or Mixer

1 Old-Fashioned Glass

Steps:

1. Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in a glass or shaker

2. Muddle to a paste

3. add bourbon

4. Serve on ice

5. Add Cherry and Orange Slice

Simple Syrup:

What You'll Need:

1 Cup Water

2 Cup Sugar

1 Pot and Stove for boiling

Additional Flavoring Optional

Steps:

1. Pour water into pot and bring to boil.

2. Add sugar and Mix until a light paste is formed

3. Add Flavoring such as cinnamon, apples, Mint, etc.

4. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

What You'll Need:

2oz Bourbon Whiskey

10 Mint Leaves

1tsp Simple Syrup 

Splash of Club Soda

Highball Glass

Steps:

1. Put Mint leaves and Syrup in Glass

2. Crush leaves and syrup with spoon 

3. Add Bourbon

4. Add ice

5. Add a Splash of Club Soda

6. Garnish with mint

Whether its a traditional Whiskey Sour or a cool Mint Julep, simple syrup is a necessity for great bourbon cocktails. Taking the time and patience to make and try your own syrup is well worth the aggravation accompanied with the inevitable issues you will run into. I started fooling around with simple syrups during the moonshining days, in order to lighten the sting of some white lightning. However, when used in moderation, a flavored syrup can really open up the flavors of a nice bourbon. If you find yourself drinking a smokey or dry bourbon that may be a bit too strong for your taste, add a spoonful of a flavored syrup to allow the bourbon to open up. Making syrup takes a bit of a learning curve, but is actually quite easy once learned. Timing is key when it comes to syrup, for if you over or under boil it, you will end up with sticky water, or a paste-like substance. I would recommend starting with a Mint Julep, and adding whatever your tastebuds desire.