Last year Bourbon reached 20 million cases in the United States — that’s a growth rate of about 30 percent since 2010. With warehouses filled to capacity, bourbon is just at the beginning of its return from the ashes after the vodka category burst its bubble back in the ‘70s.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, new educational and historical campaigns, a cool factor for the mixology space and the truly stellar standard across many of the brands responsible for growing this category makes this spirit the one to watch. Almost any opportunity to monetize bourbon events is worth exploring, and with National Bourbon Heritage Month creeping up on us, we thought it wise to remind/introduce you to some recipes for a second Bourbon Cocktail Menu to upsell your customers.
Duke Bourbon Maple Syrup:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¾ cups maple syrup
- 1/3 cup Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- pinch of salt
Method: In small saucepan melt butter on low. Add maple syrup and stir to combine. Slowly add in the Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon to taste. Add a pinch of salt, stir and serve warm.
- 1 oz Duke Bourbon
- ½ oz Atlantico Reserva Rum
- ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ½ oz Coconut Cream
- ½ oz Orange Juice
- 1 oz Pineapple Juice
- 8-10 Leaves of Fresh Mint
- ½ oz Float of Fernet Branca
- Garnish: Fresh Pineapple, Amarena Cherry, Mint Sprig
Method: Roll mint and drop into an empty collins glass then top with crushed ice, shake 1-6 with ice and strain over the crushed ice then top with Fernet Branca.
True Grit Boulevardier
Method: Stir all ingredients with ice for 8-12 seconds then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- 2 oz Duke Bourbon or Rye
- ¾ oz Carpano Antica Formula
- 2 Dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
- 1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
- Garnish: Lemon Twist, Amarena Cherry
Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
- 1½ Duke Bourbon
- ¾ oz Fresh Bayleaf Syrup
- ¾ oz Yuzu Lemon Blend
- ¾ oz Aquafaba
- 2 Dashes Elemakule Tiki Bitters
Method: Dry shake all ingredients then add ice and shake vigorously then strain into a small coupe. Next place the cocktail under a glass cloche and fill the cloche with cherrywood smoke from a smoking gun. Let sit for 30 seconds then enjoy
JW Old Fashioned
- 2 oz Any Duke Spirit
- 1 Demerara Sugar Cube
- 2 Dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
- 1 Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
- ¼ oz Club Soda
- Garnish: Orange Twist
Method: Muddle the sugar cube with club soda and bitters, add any Duke Spirit and stir with ice then strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.
- 1½ oz Duke Bourbon
- ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ¼ oz Simple Syrup
- 2-3 Mint Leaves
- Top with Ginger Beer
- Garnish: Candied Ginger, Mint Sprig
Method: Roll mint to release essential oils then add 1-3 and shake with ice then strain into a collins glass or a mule mug filled with ice. Use purified water when making your ice cubes. The drink will be better and will be Duke approved.