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.

Classic Mint Julep

Belle Meade Bourbon's Classic Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail: all you need for this classic version, simple syrup, and Belle Meade Bourbon.

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup*
2 Sprigs of Mint
Build in Julep Cup

Drop the mint sprigs into the julep cup and lightly bruise them with a muddler. Using the muddler, pull the leaves up the inside walls of the cup so that the essential oils from the mint coat the interior. Once complete lightly tamp the mint back into the bottom of the cup. Next add the other ingredients and fill the cup 3/4 of the way full with crushed ice. Using a swizzle stick or bar spoon swizzle the drink, disturbing the mint in the bottom as little as you can, until you start to see the exterior of the cup start to frost. Top off the the cup with a heaping dome of crushed ice and garnish with a bouquet of mint but only after you have slapped the mint across your palm to release the aromatic essential oils. 

**Demerara Syrup: You can use Turbinado Sugar if you can not find Demerara with similar result. Either way it's the rich raw sugar flavor that counts. 

In a sauce pan combine 2 parts sugar to one part water by volume. Simmer and stir until all sugar crystals are dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool and then store in the refrigerator. Should have a 2 week shelf like. 


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


The Whiskey Tango

The Whiskey Tango Cocktail: Nelson's Green Brier Distillery I Nashville, TN

The Whiskey Tango
1  1/2 ounces Nelson's Green Brier White Whiskey
1/2 ounce Belle Meade Bourbon, to float
3/4 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce chai spice syrup*

Shake all ingredients except the Belle Meade bourbon well, strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice, float the 1/2 ounce Belle Meade bourbon over the top, and garnish with a fancy lemon twist and paper umbrella.

*chai spice syrup: combine 1 cup chai tea with 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Keep refrigerated. Lasts up to 2 weeks.

Creator: Bruce Rodgers

The George Bailey

The George Bailey: a bourbon holiday punch with an exotic ingredient that will keep guests guessing...beet juice!

The George Bailey
2 cups Belle Meade Bourbon
1/2 cup Orange Curacao
1/2 cup Allspice Dram
3/4 cup Demarara Syrup
1/2 cup fresh Lemon Juice
1 cup Orange Juice
1 1/2 cups Pineapple Juice
1/2 cup Beet Juice
8 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters

Pour all ingredients into a container, stir, and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve in a punch bowl and float a few large chunks of ice to keep it cool.

Mixologist's Notes:
This Holiday punch is sure to catch the eye, please the palate, and your guests wont likely guess your "secret ingredient", beet juice. And just like its namesake, George Bailey, this punch yearns for the exotic!

This cocktail is designed to play on the senses as the deep red color will likely have your guests thinking seasonal flavors like cranberry. What they'll discover instead is a delightful departure from the traditional Holiday flavors they have been bombarded with at other events. The tropical fruit notes play well with the deep round notes of the "secret ingredient" while the Bourbon and allspice livens up the mix and remind everyone that its a Holiday punch. Here's to thinking outside the box and standing out in the crowd this Holiday season. Cheers!

Creator: James Hensley


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 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

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


cocktail shaker
rocks glass


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


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 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