LEARN A NEW SKILL : 1 Spirit 3 Ways

This year, impress your guests with your finest cocktail-making skills. If you’re entertaining you’ve probably got a bottle of bourbon on hand and with these three simple cocktail recipes, your friends will be asking when you became a professional.

First things first, to bartend like a professional be sure to use quality liquor (it really makes a difference), fresh ingredients and most importantly, measure everything! It’s the little things that make the difference between a mediocre cocktail and a great one.


We recommend making these cocktails with
Johnny Drum Private Stock 101 Proof KY Straight Bourbon Whiskey


Mint Julep
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves + 2 fresh mint sprigs
1 tablespoon sugar
3 ounces bourbon
crushed ice
In a mint julep cup or thick glass, muddle the mint leaves and sugar with 1 teaspoon water until the sugar is dissolved (1 minute). Pack the glass with crushed ice and top with bourbon. Serve garnished with mint sprigs.


Bourbon Renewal
(created by Clyde Common bartender, Jeffrey Morgenthaler)
2 oz bourbon
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz creme de cassis
1/2 oz simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into double old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with lemon wheel.


1.5 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Cointreau
6 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Brut Champagne, to fill glass
orange peel, to garnish
Mix bourbon, Cointreau, and bitters into a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into champagne glass or coupe. Fill with champagne, garnish with orange.
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