Cocktail Recipes

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 White Whiskey Fizz

This is a fun and involved drink to make. This drink is a great morning glory/day after drink, but is just as good the night before. It’s got vanilla, chocolate, cream and lemon with a white whiskey back bone.

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery's White Whiskey Fizz Recipe

Nelson's White Whiskey Fizz

1 ½ ozGreen Brier Tennessee White Whiskey
¾ ozLiquor 43
1 ozHeavy Cream
¾ ozFresh Lemon Juice
1 ozSimple Syrup
1 Egg White
4Dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
Club Soda

Shake and strain.  Glass: Collins.  Garnish: Chocolate Bitters.  Ice: None.

  • Add to your shaker the egg white and the lemon juice and then shake these two ingredients, without ice, by themselves for a few moments. We call this a mime shake.
  • Now add the rest of the ingredients and mime shake again for a few moments. Why? Because some of these ingredients are thick and rich and hard to combine so the better you mix the drink the better the drink will be (within reason, don’t go getting a blender for Pete’s sake)
  • Now add ice to the shaker, large chunks or cubes are best, and shake. REALLY SHAKE! Shake with long hard strokes until your good arm is tired and then switch to your other arm and shake some more. NOW REPEAT. Hand it around to friends to have them shake. Shake it until it feels thick and the ice is either dissolved or until the ice sounds like it’s just tiny bits pinging off the shaker walls.

WARNING: Your shaker may become covered with ice as you shake, that’s fine, but make sure you have a good grip on it the entire time. More than one shaker has flown across a bar causing havoc due to a weak grip.

  • Strain the frothy tipple into a tall Collins glass and rest for two minutes, you deserve it. 
  • Carefully pour an ounce or two of club soda through the center of the foamy head on the drink. If you’re a good shaker the head should be thick. If you are daring...use a very slender Collins glass and you can actually make the head rise like a column above the rim of the glass.
  • Garnish with 15-20 drops of Scrappy’s Chocolate bitters on the head of the drink.
  • Use a straw or go for the milk mustache, it’s your call!

Creator: James Hensley

The Music City Sour

The Music City Sour: the ultimate Nashville Whiskey Sour from Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

The Music City Sour

1.5 oz Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup (equal parts by volume white sugar to water)
2 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters
Egg White
1/2 oz Blackberry Wine (from Tennessee, of course)


Into a shaker add a little egg white and your lemon juice. 1/2 - 3/4 of an ounce of egg white is sufficient. Then shake these two ingredients briefly without ice. Then add all other ingredients save for the Blackberry Wine. Add ice to the shaker and shake these ingredients hard and fast for 10-15 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a large rocks glass you have with ice. Lastly, position a spoon just above the frothy top of the cocktail and slowly pour your 1/2 oz of wine into/onto the spoon so that it floats at the top of the drink. Enjoy.

Creator: James Hensley