Cocktail Recipes


Blinker Cocktail from Belle Meade Bourbon

This classic is perfect for a warm days or any time you want a refreshing cocktail. 

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

1 1/2 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

3/4 oz Simple Syrup

4 Raspberries

In a small tin, bowl, or cup, thoroughly muddle the raspberries into the simple syrup. Then strain the raspberry syrup combo through a fine strainer into a shaker. Ad all other ingredients and shake briefly with ice. Strain.

Glass: Collins

Ice: Cubes

Garnish: Long Grapefruit Peel Expressed Over the Drink and Inserted in Drink.

The John Harding

The John Harding Cocktail from Belle Meade Bourbon

This bold and bitter cocktail is named for the original owner of the Belle Meade Plantation. It's a riff on the classic Boulevardier. The deep dark dried fruit notes of Cynar pair perfectly with the Vermouth and bright orange notes of the Campari and Bourbon. 


2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz Carpano Antica
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Cynar
1/4 oz maple syrup

Stir all ingredients with ice. Make sure to stir well as a little more water content balances the drink. Strain into glass.

Glass:  Rocks

Ice:  Cubes/Sphere/One Large Cube

Garnish:  Lemon peel expressed over drink and inserted. 

Creator: James Hensley

Long Branch Road

Long Branch Road cocktail from Belle Meade Bourbon

This drink was inspired by a drive down the road that leads to the old distillery, thus the name. We wont wax poetic about the experience but we will say it's a rich and delicious cocktail with flavors of honey and heather accentuating Bourbon. What's not to like?


2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

3/4 oz Cocchi Torino

1/4 oz Drambuie 

1/4 oz maple syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Stir and strain.

Glass: Double Rocks

Ice: Sphere/Cube or Chunk

Garnish: Lemon peel expressed over the drink and inserted to stand at rim of glass.

Creator: James Hensley 

Old Natchez Road Cocktail

Great recipe for the Old Natchez Road Cocktail with Belle Meade Bourbon

The Old Natchez Road is the road the Belle Meade Plantation was originally on way back when. This road leads you all the way to New Orleans.

This drink is a combination of complimentary flavors that are accentuated my mirroring notes to maintain balance and definition. The Bourbon, apple juice, honey, tea and ginger beer are all complimentary while the lemon, cardamom, spicy Rye content of the Bourbon and bitters separate the flavors to bring complexity while still complimenting the main flavors of the drink.

Cardamom Tea: The goal is a tea with a note of cardamom, just a little. Too much will overtake the other flavors in the cocktail. If you are making a gallon of tea just rack open two cardamom pods and put them in to the tea when you add your tea bags as it steeps. Remove the pods when you remove your tea bags. 

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

2 oz Cardamom Infused Luzianne Iced Tea

1 oz Unfiltered Apple Juice

½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

½ oz Honey syrup (honey thinned 3:1 with warm water)

1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

1 splash Ginger Beer

Build in a Collins glass over ice. Top with a splash of Ginger Beer, stir with a bar spoon or straw, and garnish with a lemon wedge. 

Creator: James Hensley

General Jackson's Hot Whiskey Cider

General Jackson's Hot Whiskey Cider

When the weather cools, it's nice to have a cocktail that will warm you! This one is not only simple to make, but works well in large batches for gatherings.


2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

6 oz Hot Cider Mix*

Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick as garnish.

*Cider Mix Recipe

In a saucepan heat the following ingredients on medium low heat until hot - but do not boil. Then reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes before serving. The longer it sits the darker and deeper the flavors will become.

3 Cups Apple Cider or Unfiltered Apple Juice

2 oz Dark Wildflower Honey

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

6 Whole Cloves

1 Cinnamon stick

Make a batch big enough for a get together by simply doubling or tripling the recipe!

Creator: James Hensley


Peach-Infused Bourbon

The Peach Truck's recipe for Peach-Infused Bourbon

The fine folks over at The Peach Truck were kind enough to share their recipe for Fresh Georgia Peach Bourbon, using none other than Belle Meade Bourbon, of course. 

The sweet summertime flavors of peaches make beautiful harmony with the caramel notes of Belle Meade Bourbon. So simple to make, the hardest part is the wait! Once made, however, you can use this fruity elixir in anything from mint juleps to a classic old fashioned. It's definitely worth the wait. 

3-4 Fresh Georgia Peaches

1 750ml bottle of good quality Bourbon

2 tbsp granulated sugar

2 whole cloves

3 whole allspice berries

Wash the peaches and cut in half to remove the pit. Slice each half into two equal wedges. Place your peaches in the bottom of large glass jar. Add sugar, cloves and allspice before adding the bourbon and sealing tightly. Place out of direct sunlight and let steep for 7-10 days. Once infused, strain the bourbon through cheesecloth and discard the peaches.  Finished bourbon will keep indefinitely in an airtight decanter or jar. 

Peach Old Fashioned


This tasty little ditty is courtesy of our friends over at The Peach Truck and captures the flavor of summer in the glass. Using Fresh Peach Infused Bourbon, it's juicy and sweet with the caramel and vanilla flavors of Belle Meade Bourbon shining through.

3 ounces peach-infused bourbon

2-3 dashes peach bitters

1 sugar cube

1 strip of orange peel

fresh peach for garnish


Place the sugar cube at the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Saturate with bitters and place orange peel in glass. Muddle these ingredients together before topping with bourbon, adding a large ice cube or sphere and garnishing with a slice of fresh peach. If you do not have access to peach bitters, substitute traditional bitters. 


Haberdasher Cocktail from Belle Meade Bourbon

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