September is National Bourbon Heritage Month.
In honor of it and to celebrate the more than 8% growth whiskey has seen over the past couple of years, we’ve asked Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris to compile some of his favorite Woodford Reserve cocktails.
“After several years in the making, I’m proud to see our new Distillery Series expressions hitting the shelves at the Woodford Reserve Distillery shop. Our inaugural two expressions, Sweet Mash Redux and Double Double Oaked, are currently the only straight bourbons in the series, perfect to fill your glass with this National Bourbon Heritage Month.”
– Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris
Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned
“You can never go wrong with an Old Fashioned—it’s a classic,” says Morris. ”With the cocktail’s origins dating back to Louisville and Bourbon Country, sipping it during National Bourbon Heritage Month tastes even better.”
- 2 oz. Woodford Reserve
- 1/2 oz. Demerara Syrup
- 3 dashes Woodford Reserve Aromatic Bitters
- 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Sassafras and Sorghum Bitters
- 1 Orange Peel
Preparation: Add ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice to the mixing glass and a serving glass. Stir ingredients for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a serving glass. Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel.
Woodford Reserve Manhattan
“You can’t mention classic bourbon cocktails without a nod to the Manhattan. I enjoy how the recipe’s mix of sweet, bitter, and dry notes blend so well with the balanced flavors of Woodford Reserve.”
- 1 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Aromatic Bitters
- 1 Orange Twist
Preparation: Fill mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice, add ingredients and shake or stir according to your own preference. Strain into a cocktail glass.
Woodford Reserve Whiskey Smash
“Similar to a mint julep, a whiskey smash is a refreshing cocktail that highlights the great combination of mint and citrus flavors. This recipe, made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, was created by NYC-based bartender Pamela Wiznitzer for our $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program and was served at the 2015 Kentucky Derby for anyone who purchased one of our cups.”
- 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
- 1 oz. Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup
- 1/4 Lemon, Cut Into Wedges
- 3-4 Chocolate Mint Sprigs
Preparation: Fill mixing glass or cocktail shaker with mint and lemon, and muddle. Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with chocolate mint sprigs.