Cocktail Recipes

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


Cumberland Nation (an a-la-minute Nog)

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery's Cumberland Nation: the perfect holiday egg nog recipe

1          oz                    Belle Meade Bourbon
1          oz                    Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey
1          oz                    Meletti Amaro
1          oz                    Heavy Cream
3/4      oz                    Demerara Syrup
2         dashes             Regan’s Orange Bitters
1          whole               Egg

Glass:             Double Rocks
Ice:                  None
Garnish:          A dusting of powdered cinnamon.

Crack the egg into the bottom of your shaker. Using a straw or other long thin sticklike object scramble the egg in the shaker. Add all other ingredients and then shake without ice very hard for a moment. Add ice to your shaker, large cubes work best, and shake hard and fast, really get into it, for about ten seconds. Strain the nog into the glass and garnish.


Demerara Syrup: Make this by using either real Demerara sugar or Turbinado if Demerara proves to be difficult to find. Use two parts sugar to one part water. Put this mixture into a deep pan and simmer on low, stirring frequently, until all of the sugar crystals are desolved. Allow to cool, bottle, and keep in your fridge. It should hold at least two weeks.

Creator: James Hensley

Nelson's Mule

Nelson's Mule: a perfect summertime white whiskey cocktail

We love whiskey in all of its iterations, and unaged whiskey makes a great base for all kinds of summer cocktails.

Nelson’s Mule

2 oz    Nelson’s Green Brier White Whiskey
½ oz   Shrub & Co Ginger Shrub
½ oz   Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz   Simple Syrup
1   dash Angostura Bitters

Pour Whiskey, Shrub, Lime, Simple Syrup and bitters into a shaker with ice and shake briefly. Strain into a colins glass over ice and top with club soda.
Garnish with a mint sprig.

 Created by Ed Kolb of Rolf & Daughters

Nelson's White Whiskey Margarita

The White Whiskey Margarita from Nelson's Green Brier Distillery I Nashville, TN

Unaged whiskey makes a damn fine margarita and is a great alternative to tequila. Caution: same effect, though.

Nelson's White Whiskey Margarita
3 ounces Nelson's Tennessee White Whiskey
2 ounces Cointreau
2 ounces of fresh lime juice
Lime wedges
Coarse salt for rimming the glasses

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients and shake until nice and cold. Run the flesh of a lime wedge along the rim of the glass and dip the moistened rim into coarse salt. Fill the glasses with ice and strain the shaker into each equally. Serves 2.


Countryside Cooler

The Countryside Cooler: a southern, summer whiskey cocktail with Eli Mason syrup and Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey

This recipe is a part of a great summer collaboration between Nashville-based cocktail syrup crafters Eli Mason Syrups. You can buy their syrups online and in our distillery Gift & Bottle Shop.

The Countryside Cooler

2 oz Nelson’s Green Brier White Whiskey
1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz Eli Mason Rich Simple Syrup
3 oz Club Soda
Lime Slice for Garnish

Shake the first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and top with chilled soda.


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


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