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Southern Buck

September is Bourbon Heritage Month and to celebrate we’ll be reviewing a few excellent bourbons and sharing some one of kind cocktails featuring bourbon as well. We’re starting off this week with the Southern Buck cocktail. It uses Wild Turkey Rare Breed and was created in honor of Jimmy Russell’s 60th anniversary as Wild Turkey Master Distiller. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Russell at this years Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans to help celebrate his amazing milestone. Help us celebrate by making one of these at home.

Southern Buck By Naren Young [Pictured Above]

  • 1 1/2 oz. Wild Turkey® Rare Breed
  • 1/2 oz. peach liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • Ginger beer

Build on cubed ice and top with ginger beer. Stir. Add a straw and garnish with a large mint sprig.

Hope you enjoy this one.



Corsair Dark Rye Whiskey Review

It’s  a little late  for National Bourbon Heritage Month, but we’re still celebrating. We’ve been on several whiskey journeys this past month discovering some really good liquids out there. We don’t discriminate though, we’re sampling our way through bourbon whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, ryes, and just about anything we hear a good word about. this week’s no different as we sip through one of two whiskies we received from Corsair Distillery out of Nashville, Tennessee.

There motto is simple and we love it: If It’s been done before, we don’t want to do it”. In a world of so many choices, someone has to stand out and be different right? Today’s sample the dark rye expression was named best in category by the American Distilling Institute, earned a gold medal at the BTI spirits competition, and the brand in general won whiskey innovator of the year recently by Whiskey Magazine. So yea, it’s got some credibility. So much so we decided we had to give it a shot…

First Impression: If you haven’t seen it before, it’s got a cool little bottle that catches the eye. There are all shapes and sizes in whiskeys but this particular bottle reminds me of a gin or vodka bottle selection. Not to be outdone, the branding is equally interesting, reminds me of Quentin Tarrantino’s “The Usual Suspects”.

Nose: Rye, Fruity, Coffee.

Tasting Notes: Pepper, Chocolate, and Oak. 61% Malted rye, 4% malted chocolate rye, and 35% malted barley make up the grain bill. Very rye forward, followed by a spicy kick and finished rich chocolate that’s just subtle enough to creep up on you as it lingers in the mouth.

Price / Proof: $46.99,750ML  /42.5% Abv, 85 Proof

Final Words: There’s no surprises here other than how well the flavors blend together. Corsair boldly calls out it’s tasting notes on the back of their bottles and it’s deadly accurate: Pepper, Chocolate, and Oak, just not in that order. Unlike like many spirits out there, you wont need to go fishing for the flavors the distiller describes. My favorite part of Dark Rye is the lingering chocolate finish. It’s more of a dark chocolate, not too sweet or over powering. To pull the sweetness forward (if that’s your thing) try  pairing this with a pastry or dessert. In our case, a freshly baked apple fritter intensified the chocolate, and lessened the intensity of the spice. This one’s a keeper for us.


For more information on Corsair Distillery, their Dark Rye Whiskey, or another of their other expressions, feel free to visit their website at Corsairdistillery.com








Corsair Dark Rye Whiskey Review



Continuing our love of Bourbon Heritage Month, we’re going with a classic cocktail, revived with a modern recipe and a damn good bourbon. It features Basil Hayden’s bourbon and the recipe comes to us all the way from Louisville, KY a place that I think we can trust for good drinks. Check it out below and give it a try this weekend, or if you’re impatient make one tonight.

Basil Hayden’s® New York’s Manhattan [ Created by Sean Thibodeaux, Louisville, KY ]

  • 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 tsp. Pomegranate Molasses
  • 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Orange Peel

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist, making sure to express the oils.

cynicalparrotAs you should know by now, September is National Bourbon Heritage month, so we’ve been sharing a few of our favorite drinks with our readers. Only a few days left in the month, so there’s your excuse to try some awesome new bourbon recipes. Today we’re featuring a drink from our friends at The Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court in New Orleans. New Orleans is our 3rd home, and if you haven’t been there to join in on the drink culture, put it on your calendar. But for now, you can drink like your in Nola with this cocktail.

The Cocktail Bar introduced this drink, called the Cynical parrot, to pay homage to both Bourbon Heritage month AND National Honey Month. It features a nice single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams, and barrel aged honey syrup. Try it this weekend and let us know what you think.

Cynical Parrot

  • 1.25 oz Barrel Aged Honey Syrup
  • 1 oz Velvet Falernum
  • 1.5 oz Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon
  • 1 oz Lemon
  • 1 egg white
  • .25 oz Herbsaint


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