Cocktail Recipes

The Tennessee Stud

The Tennessee Stud: an easy and perfect Belle Meade Bourbon and iced tea cocktail for summer sipping

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
Equal parts cold Ginger Beer and cold unsweetened iced tea.
2 dashes of Angostura bitters. 
Build in a Collins glass over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

"The Tennessee Stud was long and lean
The color of the Sun and his eyes were green.
He had the nerve and he had the blood.
There never was a horse like the Tennessee Stud."

-Written by Jimmy Driftwood

This cocktail recipe is an easy as pie, warm weather, crowd pleasing, southern specialty that was concocted by our own Charlie Nelson and was inspired by the classic song. The hardest part of this drink is deciding whether to make them to order or to batch some in a pitcher. Either way you'll enjoy enjoy the delicious fruits of your momentary labor.

The Shivaree

The Shivaree: a romantic cocktail with Belle Meade Bourbon

The Shivaree (an old-fashioned term for the clamorous serenade given to newlyweds) incorporates ingredients to romance your beloved (or yourself).

The aromatic play of Chocolate and Rosemary as you approach the drink really makes an impact. On the palate these notes are echoed but play with the more prevalent flavors of the Bourbon and Cherry Liqueur. The real key to making the drink pop is making sure the Honey comes through. Err on the side of a sweeter in this cocktail to show off the warm flavors.


The Shivaree
1 1/4 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1/2 oz Dry Orange Curacao
1/2 oz Clear Creek Cherry Liqueur
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Raw Honey Syrup (2:1 Raw Honey to room temp water)
1 small sprig of Rosemary
Garnish: Chocolate bitters and a Rosemary speared Luxardo Cherry
Glass: Rocks
Technique: Shake and strain

Place all ingredients and a small sprig of Rosemary in a shaker with ice and shake briefly. Strain into the glass on the rocks. Garnish with the Rosemary speared Luxardo Cherry. Then liberally apply Chocolate Bitters over the top of the drink. 

The aromatic play of Chocolate and Rosemary as you approach the drink really makes an impact. On the palate these notes are echoed but play with the more prevalent flavors of the Bourbon and Cherry Liqueur. The real key to making the drink pop is making sure the Honey comes through. Err on the side of a sweeter in this cocktail to show off the warm flavors.  

Creator: James Hensley

The Phantom Regiment

The Phantom Regiment: bourbon and absinthe combine for a mystical autumn cocktail

The Phantom Regiment
2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
3/4 oz Carpano Antica
1/2 oz Nux Alpina Black Walnut Liqueur
1/4 oz Ancho Reyes
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Rinse: Absinthe

Glass: Chilled Cocktail 

Ice: None

Rinse the inside of the chilled cocktail glass with a dash of Absinthe making sure that it coats the inside up to the rim of the glass. Place all other ingredients in a mixing glass and stir briefly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a Luxardo cherry. 

Mixologist's Notes:
This cocktail is for those with a taste for a brooding cocktail. The dynamic flavors of the Absinthe, vermouth, and walnut, accompanied by the spicy smoke of the Ancho Reyes, swirl around the high rye Bourbon creating a complex and intriguing palate. It's like reading a mystery novel in a dimly lit study on a cool autumn night.  

Creator: James Hensley

Coffee Belle Meade

Coffee Belle Meade: a bourbon-coffee-coconut milk cocktail

Coffee Belle Meade
2 ounces Belle Meade bourbon
1 ounce coconut cream
3/4 ounce coffee syrup*
1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters

Shake all ingredients well, strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice, garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

*coffee syrup
Combine 1 cup strong coffee with 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Keep refrigerated. Lasts up to 2 weeks.

Creator: Bruce Rodgers

The Old Oak

The Old Oak Manhattan: a classy old-school whiskey cocktail from Nashville's Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

The Old Oak
1.5 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
3/4 oz Meletti Amaro
1/4 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1 dash Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS:
Place all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir briefly. Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the expressed oil of an orange twist floating on top of the drink. Cheers!

Creator: James Hensley

The Buggy Whip

Here's something bubbly for the New Year's Eve holiday, or if you're just a champagne lover, in general. We can always think of some reason to celebrate.

The Buggy Whip: a bubbly holiday cocktail from Belle Meade Bourbon

The Buggy Whip
1 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Berentzen Apple
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Champagne

Build in champagne flute.
Garnish: A long lemon pigtail.

Creator: James Hensley

Absinthe Father

The Absinthe Father: a bourbon cocktail from Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

This drink made its debut at the popular drinking club 3st of the Month and was such a popular cocktail, we've had countless requests for the recipe.

Created by Ed Kolb (an incredible mixologist and one of our distillers) and Andy Nelson, the Absinthe Father doesn't just have perhaps the coolest name around, but its complexity is rivaled only by downright deliciousness!

You'll need to put a little prep into making the ginger syrup ahead of time. To do this, you'll juice 1 pound of fresh ginger and mix that ginger juice with 1.5 cups granulated sugar until dissolved. Another key ingredient (besides the Belle Meade Bourbon, of course) is the Steen's Cane Syrup.

Creator: Ed Kolb / Andy Nelson

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
.5 oz ginger syrup
.5 oz Steen's Sugar Cane Syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
rinse of absinthe for the glass

method:

Combine all ingredients except the absinthe in a cocktail shaker and shake for 15-20 seconds to chill. Rinse glass with a little absinthe, add a couple ice cubes and strain cocktail into glass.

The Vow of Silence

 

And now for something stirred and spirituous...

The Vow of Silence: a Belle Meade Bourbon cocktail recipe

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
¾ oz Carpano Antica
¼ oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Glass: Chilled Cocktail
Ice: None
Garnish: Lemon Peel, expressed over the drink

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir briefly with ice. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

Creator: James Hensley

Haberdasher

This twist on the classic Brown Derby shows off the spicy Rye content of Belle Meade Bourbon as it accentuates the complimenting flavors of honey, grapefruit, and walnut. 

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

3/4 oz Honey Syrup (3:1 dark honey to water)

1 dash Fee's Old Fashioned Bitters

Shake.  Strain.

Rinse the glass liberally with Nux Alpina Black Walnut Liqueur 

Glass:  Chilled Cocktail

Garnish:  Grapefruit twist if you like. 

Creator: James Hensley
 

The Bloody Belle

The Bloody Belle - a new spin on the Bloody Mary from Belle Meade Bourbon

Here's a way to take a Bloody Mary to the next level and before you pass judgement you should consider a couple of things... Vodka is for the most part flavorless so it only brings the alcohol to the recipe of the Bloody Mary. That leaves a large flavor void/opportunity in the cocktail. By adding Belle Meade Bourbon you bring another layer of flavor and depth to the experience. While you may think Bourbon and a tomato based mixer doesn't sound good together we ask you to consider the flavors of roasted tomato. The Bourbon brings similar flavors to the caramelized sugars that you experience when you roast a tomato. Try one of these and you'll see what we mean. 

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

1 tsp Horseradish (Spicy)

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice (Tart)

1 tbsp Olive Brine (Salty)

1 dash Worcestershire Sauce (Savory)

2-3 dashes Tabasco

2-3 turns Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix

Build in glass over ice then roll back and forth 3-4 times from one glass to another to mix.

Glass:  Pint

Garnish: Celery, Olives, and a Lemon Wedge