A Citrusy Bourbon Cocktail to Serve & Sip on Thanksgiving

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We have partnered with Basil Hayden’s®—makers of clean, spicy-sweet Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that is good for mixing into cocktails or ingesting neat—to have fun particular moments with family and friends. All through the season, we’ll be highlighting scrumptious concepts for having fun with bourbon along with your closest family members at small, intimate gatherings, from low-key yard hangouts to particular vacation dinners.

Right here, we’re sharing the cocktail our Resident Bartender Elliott Clark shall be serving as much as his closest friends this Thanksgiving: a wonderfully balanced bourbon sipper, starring Basil Hayden’s and hints of citrus.


When planning Thanksgiving, everybody has that one dish they put extra care and a spotlight into than the remaining. For some, it is a glistening roast turkey; for others, it is all concerning the pie (flaky golden crust and silky filling not optionally available). As for me, I are likely to deal with what we’ll all be sipping within the moments main as much as carving the chook—and all through the remainder of the night.

Seems, our Resident Bartender Elliott Clark is similar means.

“Yearly my closest buddies and I do a Friendsgiving potluck,” he says, “and naturally, I am all the time on drinks responsibility. For particular get-togethers like this, I normally create drinks in programs, form of like the way you’d strategy the meals.”

It’s going to simply be a tight-knit group gathering safely this 12 months, he provides, however as all the time, there will be a particular cocktail to kick issues off: the Golden Hour. On this cocktail, a well-balanced bourbon like Basil Hayden’s shines, and is complemented by refined notes of citrus and natural character from the opposite elements.

Clean, palate-pleasing Basil Hayden’s bourbon, plus aromatized wine and a evenly bitter aperitif, make a extremely sippable cocktail combo for the vacations.

Photograph by Elliott Clark

“Cocktails mainly fall into certainly one of two classes: shaken or stirred,” Elliott says. “Throughout the holidays, I are likely to gravitate in the direction of spirit-forward cocktails just like the Golden Hour. It’s easy, elegant, and straightforward to make for all ranges of bourbon drinkers.”

Basil Hayden’s clean fashion, comfortable vanilla spice, and dried fruit aromas are rounded out by the one two different components you will want to tug off this recipe in your personal Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving): a bittersweet Italian aperitif, comparable to Aperol, and a French aromatized wine with candy fruit and floral notes, like Lillet Blanc. A protracted piece of grapefruit zest provides an additional pop of citrus, to not point out a little bit little bit of aptitude that makes the drink really feel occasion-worthy.

“The elements are actually accessible, so it couldn’t be simpler to make,” Elliott explains. “It’s so simple as stirring the whole lot collectively over ice and straining that combination right into a rocks glass. I prefer to serve it with one massive dice, however you can even serve it in a calming coupe glass with out ice.”

And when Thanksgiving dinner’s stated and achieved? “I will serve a splash of Basil Hayden’s neat or on the rocks,” Elliott says. “It is the proper nightcap.”



What cocktails will you be sipping this Thanksgiving? Inform us within the feedback!

We have teamed up with Basil Hayden’s—makers of artfully aged whiskeys, like clean Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and a extra advanced, ruby-hued Darkish Rye—to spotlight our favourite methods to share whiskey with shut family and friends all 12 months lengthy. Suppose: artistic recipes for serving up at small gatherings, cocktail-making ideas for elevating your do-it-yourself sips, our favourite instruments for stocking your bar cart, and extra.

Drink Good™. Basil Hayden’s® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% Alc./Vol. ©2020 Kentucky Springs Distilling Co., Clermont, KY



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