Category: bourbon

A. Smith Bowman Distillery: Meet Virginia Makers

As a small and privately-owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery is proud to share the history behind its strong Virginian roots, offer complimentary tours and tastings on a regular basis, and put its operation on the map as home of the “World’s Best Bourbon” two years in a row. Through these things and more, A. Smith Bowman shows its Virginia spirit.

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KO Maple Bourbon Eggnog, Featuring KO Distilling

A simple, delicious, holiday libation from KO Distilling.

INGREDIENTS
1.5oz Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey
4oz Eggnog
.25oz Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients in a shaker (no ice needed), and shake thoroughly. Pour (no straining needed) into an old fashioned rocks glass, garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg or a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

SUBMITTED BY
Peter Mowery and of KO Distilling
10381 Central Park Dr. Suite 105 Manassas, VA 20110

Cinn-A-Mint Julep, Featuring Ragged Branch Distillery

We love a good Mint Julep around here for sure, but this holiday twist is just as nice. Deck the halls and have yourself one, (or more).

INGREDIENTS
2oz Ragged Branch Bourbon
1/2oz Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup*
5 Large Mint Leaves 
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Club Soda

*Cinnamon Clove Simple Syrup
Combine: 1/2 cup Sugar In The Raw, 1/2 cup water, 1 cinnamon stick, and 5 whole cloves in a sauce pan. Simmer for 5 minutes, (be sure all sugar is dissolved). Let spices sit in hot syrup until it is cooled, and then remove.

PREPARATION
Add all ingredients to a shaking tin full of ice and shake hard for 17 seconds
Double Strain over crushed ice, (in a copper mug if you have one)
Fresh mint to garnish

SUBMITTED BY
Josh Rossiter of Ragged Branch Bourbon
1015 Taylor’s Gap Rd. Charlottesville, V.A. 22903

Holiday Harvest, Featuring Ragged Branch Distillery

 A cocktail inspired by the bounty of local produce from around the state of Virginia during the fall and early winter months. A fantastic tipple for the holidays.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2oz Ragged Branch Bourbon
1/2oz Grand Marnier
3 Dashes Cherry Bitters
Local Hard Cider

PREPARATION
Fill a pint glass with ice
Add the first 3 ingredients
Top with Local Cider and stir
Garnish with apple rounds

SUBMITTED BY
Josh Rossiter of Ragged Branch Bourbon
1015 Taylor’s Gap Rd. Charlottesville, V.A. 22903

Old Nut Job, Featuring Ragged Branch Distillery

This is a delightful seasonal twist on an ‘Old Fashioned’ using walnuts in place of fruit. Served up as a martini; CHEERS!

INGREDIENTS
2oz Ragged Branch Bourbon
1/2oz Vanilla Maple Salted Syrup*
3 Dashes Orange Bitters
3 Walnut Halfs

*Vanilla Maple Salted Syrup
– Combine, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 1/2 cup Sugar In The Raw, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 tsp Kosher salt to a simmer, (stir until sugar is dissolved). Let cool before use.

PREPARATION
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and muddle till nuts are all crushed
Add ice and stir until well chilled
Double strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with a walnut

SUBMITTED BY
Josh Rossiter of Ragged Branch Bourbon
1015 Taylor’s Gap Rd. Charlottesville, V.A. 22903

Ironclad Alexander, featuring Ironclad Distillery Co.

We’ve tweaked this classic, creamy after-dinner drink to include bourbon, making it the perfect choice post a holiday feast – pant button discreetly undone.

INGREDIENTS
2 oz dark crème de cacao
2 oz heavy cream
1 1/2 oz Ironclad Bourbon Whiskey
Garnish: Grated nutmeg, chocolate baton

PREPARATION
Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill. Place the crème de cacao, cream, and Ironclad Bourbon in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to fill the shaker halfway, cover, and shake until the outside is frosted, about 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled glass and top with freshly grated nutmeg and a chocolate baton.

SUBMITTED BY
Kara King of Ironclad Distillery Co.
124 23rd Street Newport News, VA 23607

Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy, featuring Ironclad Distillery Co.

The tonic for warm feelings and a fuzzy memory. Make in big batches to toast a crowd during the coldest months.

INGREDIENTS
6 oz Ironclad Bourbon Whiskey
6 oz apple cider
2 oz maple syrup
2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
3 whole cloves

PREPARATION
Combine the apple cider, maple syrup, lemon juice, and spices in a small, 2 to 3-quart slow cooker set to high or saucepan. Cover and heat, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes. Add the Ironclad Bourbon and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and serve warm with a lemon twist and freshly grated nutmeg.

SUBMITTED BY
Kara King of Ironclad Distillery Co.
124 23rd Street Newport News, VA 23607

Jingle Julep, Featuring Belmont Farm Distillery

While we do love a classic Mint Julep, we wanted a cocktail to help celebrate the holiday season. The Jingle Julep mixes our new Bourbon with the tradition of mint, and then kicks it up a notch by adding the flavor of cranberry. The result is a refreshing, dangerously drinkable cocktail that will help you Jingle all the way into the New Year!

INGREDIENTS
 2 oz Kopper Kettle Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
4 Fresh Mint Leaves

SUBMITTED BY
Jeanette Miller of Belmont Farms Distillery
13490 Cedar Run Rd. Culpeper, VA 22701